The First Motion of the Immovable

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    The First Motion of the Immovable

    Il Primo Moto Dell'Immobile

    Directed by

    Italy, France


    80 min

    • French
    • Italian


    The childhood memory of the moment his father made him listen to a terrifying music pushed the director onto the trail of his mysterious relative: the composer Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988). While the author attempts to overcome an ancestral fear through a deep immersion in the spiritual soundscape of a visionary yet invisible artist, the spirit of Scelsi finds a new and disembodied expression in its ideal form: the sound wave.


    • Best First Appearance - IDFA
    • Special Prize for Italian Documentaries - Torino FF



    Salvatore Pilosu
    Livia Mazzanti
    Franco d’Ayala Valva
    Michiko Hirayama
    Elena Schirru
    Joëlle Léandre
    Alexander Lauterwasser
    Aldo Brizzi
    Choeur et Orchestr Philharmonique de Radio France
    Marianne Schroeder
    Carol Robinson
    Sebastiano d’Ayala Valva
    Sebastiano d’Ayala Valva
    Olivier Chambon
    Marc Aderghal
    Thomas Bremond
    Stéphane Saporito
    Agostino Vertucci
    Felice D’Agostino
    Santi Minasi
    Festival Bookings
    Sebastiano d’Ayala Valva

    Sebastiano d’Ayala Valva

    United Kingdom

    Sebastiano d’Ayala Valva (London, UK, 1978) was born to an Italian father and an English mother. In 2003, he graduated from the Institut d’études politiques in Paris. Since 2005 he has written and directed documentaries for French television. In 2007, he finished his first film as a director, TRANSVESTITES ALSO CRY, the winner of the Audience Award at the 2007 RomaDocFest and of the Best Documentary Award at the 2008 New York Latino Film Festival. In 2009, his documentary LA CASA DEL PADRE about the architect Franco d’Ayala Valva, a disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright, was presented at the Torino Film Festival. His latest film is THE FIRST MOTION OF THE IMMOVABLE (2018).