The Colour of Grass, a film to watch with your eyes closed
by Camillo De Marco
- This delicate road movie by Juliane Biasi Hendel for the blind hits theatres in February. Meanwhile this Sunday Rome will be hosting an event for the deaf
Coming to theatres is the documentary The Colour of Grass [+see also:
film profile] by Juliane Biasi Hendel, a delicate road movie about two young blind friends, produced by Indyca with Kuraj with the support of the Italian Ministry of Italian Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, the Trentino Film Commission, Piemonte Doc Film Fund and Rai 3 (Doc 3) and the sponsorship of the Italian Union of Blind and Partially Sighted People (UICI).
The film, which had its Italian premiere on 18 January in Turin, will be screened in all the main Italian cities in February. The film offers a one-of-a-kind sensory experience by constructing a true “sonorous landscape” which makes it possible to watch the film with your eyes closed. Made to cater for blind audiences too, The Colour of Grass team includes sound designer Mirco Mencacci, a point of reference in the world of sound, who has previously worked with Marco Tullio Giordana, Ferzan Ozpetek and Michelangelo Antonioni. Together with the director and the Indyca team, Mencacci has created a world of sound that plunges the audience into not only the physical, but the emotional world of its young protagonists, and heralds the first time in the history of film that blind people and able-sighted people have been united in their viewing experience.
Meanwhile, on Sunday 24 January the Casa del Cinema will host a programme of Italian films for the deaf. With the support of the Istituto Luce – Cinecittà and the cooperation of the Italian National Agency for the Protection and Assistance of the Deaf (ENS), over the Sundays of weeks to come, new Italian films will be made accessible to the deaf, with the help of writers, actors and technicians. The films, chosen at the suggestion of the ENS, will be subtitled, and Italian Sign Language interpreters will also be on hand.
The first film to be screened, which will also be open to the public within the limits of the seating available, is Gli ultimi saranno ultimi [+see also:
film profile] by Massimiliano Bruno. Following on from this, there will be screenings of Alaska [+see also:
film profile] by Claudio Cupellini (28 February), They Call Me Jeeg Robot [+see also:
interview: Gabriele Mainetti
film profile] by Gabriele Mainetti (13 March) and Call Me Francesco [+see also:
interview: Sara Serraiocco
film profile] by Daniele Luchetti (due to be screened on Sunday 8 May). The films, which have been provided by Cinecittà – Istituto Luce with the support of the production and distribution companies involved, were chosen, at the suggestion of the ENS from among those released globally and selected for international festivals. The complete programme is available on the website www.casadelcinema.it.
(Translated from Italian)