The Way to the Mountains

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    The Way to the Mountains

    La Strada per le montagne

    Directed by

    France, Italy, Ukraine

    2019

    82 min

    • Italian
    • Ukrainian

    Documentary

    Western Ukraine. The small village of Jamna. A long wall controlled by rest­less armed guards. Beyond the wall, a sanatorium and an old wooden house. Around the wall, a small but deter­mined film crew and a director attempting to find their way to the mountains. The old wooden house looks exactly like the one depicted in a photo dating back to 1919, which had lain abandoned flat among a pile of personal objects belonging to a family that had migrated from former Soviet Union.
    Micol Roubini’s decided to go back to Jamna in order to make an imaginary land real, find a wooden house sup­posedly built by her great-grandfather and then abandoned during the World War II.
    Micol Roubini, who seems well aware that every memory is simply another form of imagination and that a photo may be more real than reality, pursues her recherche du temps perdu in two directions. Firstly, her personal desire to find the house, get inside and touch its walls. Secondly, a broader search for the village’s memory. Yet, the wall surrounding the house seems insur­mountable, and the villagers intent on keeping their secrets to themselves. Micol Roubini, in her patient and rigorous style, leads a fierce battle to overcome people’s suspicion. The images are matched by the filmma­ker’s own voice-over, Brechtian and lyrical.
    As if in a sort of “docu-noir”, and with the help of an old partisan and local taxi driver, THE WAY TO THE MOUNTAINS explores simple yet universal ques­tions. What is left of the past in the pre­sent? Why does collective memory have to be partial in order to be real?

    Festivals

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Micol Roubini
    Cinematography
    Davide Maldi
    Editing
    Micol Roubini
    Davide Maldi
    Production
    LA BÊTE
    Micol Roubini

    Micol Roubini

    Italy

    Micol Roubini (Milan 1982) graduated in Painting at the Fine arts Academy in Milan and in Audio Technology at Irmus, Scuola Civica, Milan. Since 2006 she has worked as an artist, mainly with video, sound and multimedia installations that have been shown in solo and collective exhibitions in Italy and abroad. Since 2010 she works in duo with the artist Lorenzo Casali. Her work deals with site-specific projects, often related to the notion of memory, to the analysis of marginal territories and to time flow.
    Among her films, IGINITION was selected at Rô Theatre/International Film Festival Rotterdam; WOODLAND ATLAS was projected at Filmmaker festival, Mart, Longlake film festival. In 2017 she founded l’Altauro, for the production of independent cinematographic works. THE WAY TO THE MOINTAINS is her first feature documentary film.

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