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by Michelangelo Frammartino


An old shepherd lives his last days in a quiet medieval village perched high on the hills of Calabria, at the southernmost tip of Italy. He herds goats under skies that most villagers have deserted long ago. He is sick, and believes to find his medicine in the dust he collects on the church floor, which he drinks in his water every day. A new goat kid is born. We follow its first few tentative steps, its first games, until it gains strength and goes to pasture. Nearby, a majestic fir tree stirs in the mountain breeze and slowly changes through the seasons. Le quattro volte is a poetic vision of the revolving cycles of life and nature and the unbroken traditions of a timeless place. The story of one soul that moves through four successive lives.

original title: Le quattro volte
country: Italy, Germany, Switzerland
sales agent: Coproduction Office
year: 2010
genre: fiction
directed by: Michelangelo Frammartino
film run: 90'
release date: IT 28/05/2010 , NL 16/12/2010, GB 15/04/2011, FR 29/12/2010, BE 19/01/2011, GB 27/05/2011, DE 30/06/2011, ES 08/07/2011
screenplay: Michelangelo Frammartino
cast: Giuseppe Fuda, Nazareno Timpano, Bruno Timpano
cinematography by: Andrea Locatelli
film editing: Benni Atria, Maurizio Grillo
art director: Matthew Broussard
costumes designer: Gabriella Maiolo
producer: Giovanni Maderna, Gabriella Manfrè, Gregorio Paonessa
production: Vivo Film, Essential Filmproduktion, Invisibile Film, Ventura Film
backing: Eurimages, MIBAC, Torino Filmlab, Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, Film Commission Calabria
distributor: Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Eye Film Institute Netherlands Distribution, Les Films du Losange, Benelux Films Distributors Belgium (BFD), New Wave Films, NFP marketing & distribution GmbH, Alta Films, Clorofilm Srl


main awards/selection

Cannes 2010 Directors’ Fortnight
Europa Cinemas Label for Best European Film
BFI London Film Festival 2010 

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