Dark Matter

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    Dark Matter

    Materia oscura

    Directed by

    Italy

    2013

    80 min

    • Italian

    Documentary

    The military missile testing site on Sardinia is picturesquely situated between the coast and a mountain range, a seemingly pristine natural setting. Yet it has been in a state of constant "war" since 1956, as the film footage of the military test series shot and archived by the site’s own film department bears witness. This cinematic survey by Massimo D’Anolfi and Martina Parenti is of a radically different nature. They scour the battlefield for signs of devastation: munitions, rubbish, rusted equipment. They make visible what actually cannot be seen. The soil is heavily contaminated; there have been repeated deformities in both humans and the animals that graze on the test range. With a rigorous visual approach that eschews any explanatory commentary or interviews, the filmmakers are less concerned with presenting facts than conveying some disturbing insights. The irrevocable nature of human intrusion into nature makes words such as "unspoiled" or "pristine" seem absurd. The death of a mouse before our eyes, the images of a deformed calf in its death throes serve as a portent that it is about much more here than just collateral damage from constant war games.

    Awards

    • Bast Film - Human Rights Competition - BAFICI

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Massimo D‘Anolfi
    Martina Parenti
    Cinematography
    Massimo D‘Anolfi
    Editing
    Martina Parenti
     Massimo D‘Anolfi
    Music
    Massimo Mariani
    Production
    MONTMORENCY FILM

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    Massimo D'Anolfi

    Massimo D'Anolfi

    Italy

    We are first and foremost two craftsmen of cinema. We write, we shoot, we assemble our movies. It's how we like it and it suits our deepest nature.

    Born in Pescara, Italy, in 1974, Massimo D'Anolfi has worked as a videographer, assistant director and scenographer. He forms a directorial duo with his wife Martina Parenti. They founded and make their films through their production company Montmorency Film. Massimo D'Anolfi and Martina Parenti have been making films together for the past decade. They have shared the development, research, writing, production, filming and editing of several acclaimed documentary films which have been shown worldwide: SPIRA MIRABILIS (on international stories of immortality, 2016), THE NEVER-ENDING FACTORY OF THE DUOMO (on the eternal work established for Milan's cathedral, 2015), DARK MATTER (a look at an Italian industrial military complex, 2013) and THE CASTLE (four seasons of daily operations at Milan's Malpensa Airport, 2011). His project WAR AND PEACE co-directed with Martina Prenti was selected for the Venice Gap-financing market 2019.

    Selected Filmography

    Martina Parenti

    Martina Parenti

    Italy

    We are first and foremost two craftsmen of cinema. We write, we shoot, we assemble our movies. It's how we like it and it suits our deepest nature.

    Born in Milan in 1972, Martina Parenti has worked in TV and cinema as a director of many documentary films. She forms a directorial duo with her husband Massimo D'Anolfi. They founded and make their films through their production company Montmorency Film. Massimo D'Anolfi and Martina Parenti have been making films together for the past decade. They have shared the development, research, writing, production, filming and editing of several acclaimed documentary films which have been shown worldwide: SPIRA MIRABILIS (on international stories of immortality, 2016), THE NEVER-ENDING FACTORY OF THE DUOMO (on the eternal work established for Milan's cathedral, 2015), DARK MATTER (a look at an Italian industrial military complex, 2013) and THE CASTLE (four seasons of daily operations at Milan's Malpensa Airport, 2011). Her project WAR AND PEACE co-directed with Massimo D'Anolfi was selected for the Venice Gap-financing market 2019.

    Selected Filmography