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GIACINTO SCELSI. THE FIRST MOTION OF THE IMMOVABLE

by Sebastiano d'Ayala Valva

synopsis

Inspired by a childhood memory of hearing a terrifying music, the director takes us on a journey to discover his mysterious ancestor, the composer Giacinto Scelsi. Claiming that he wasn't the author of his own music and that he received it from the deities, Scelsi lived as a recluse in his apartment in Rome, allowing no one to photograph him. It is here, towards the end of his life, that he recorded his life story and thoughts on magnetic tape, asking they only be made public fifteen years after his death. In this film, Scelsi’s spirit finds a new and discarnate expression in his preferred form: sound waves. We meet him while listening - to his voice, his music and to the interpreters he chose to perform his work. A profound immersion in the spiritual soundscape of a visionary if invisible artist.

international title: Giacinto Scelsi. The First Motion of the Immovable
original title: Il primo moto dell'immobile
country: Italy, France
year: 2018
genre: documentary
directed by: Sebastiano d'Ayala Valva
film run: 81'
release date: FR 30/01/2019
screenplay: Sebastiano d'Ayala Valva
cinematography by: Sebastiano d'Ayala Valva
film editing: Santi Minasi
producer: Nicolas Lesoult, Claudio Saraceni
co-producer: Federico Saraceni, Jacopo Saraceni
production: IdeaCinema, Les Films De La Butte, Radio France (FR)
distributor: Les Films des deux rives
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