Ermanno Olmi at IFFR
Lunga vita alla signora
Il mestiere delle armi
Medieval war between between church and emperor in the cold Po Delta. Catholic-pacifist cinema by the maker of the Tree of Wooden Clogs. Don't try to follow the story. Don't try and follow the story, that will come.
Maestro Olmi’s last feature (after this he is going to focus on documentaries) links messianic messages to everyday wisdom, with a great photographic eye for the natural beauty of the Italian countryside. A young professor leaves university for a village where a love grows that is more powerful than the written word.
La diga del ghiacciaio
Oldest remaining film by the maker of The Tree of Wooden Clogs is a sober and stylish documentary made in his years as a film maker working for Edison Volta in Milan.