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by Tommaso Landucci


In a cave in the Apuan Alps, 650 meters below ground, one of the most intriguing and ambitious works by sculptor Filippo Dobrilla can be found: The Sleeping Giant. It's a colossal reclining nude, slumbering in the recesses of the earth, and the artist worked on it for over thirty years, lowering himself into the darkness of the cave. What drives an artist to create a work that is virtually inaccessible, hidden from the human eye? This is the question that Caveman attempts to answer, ranging from the lead character's youthful loves to his desire to withdraw from the world and his conception of pure art. When Dobrilla immersed himself in the cave's shadows, he sought refuge in the only place he felt free, sheltered from and far from prejudice and the pressure of modern society. The unexpected discovery that he had cancer would radically change his lifestyle.

international title: Caveman – The Hidden Giant
original title: Caveman - Il gigante nascosto
country: Italy, Switzerland
sales agent: Deckert Distribution
year: 2021
genre: documentary
directed by: Tommaso Landucci
film run: 91'
screenplay: Tommaso Landucci, Damiano Femfert
cinematography by: Francesca Zonars
film editing: Loredana Cristelli
music: Marcel Vaid
producer: Marco Visalberghi
co-producer: Ivan Madeo
production: Doclab, Contrast Film, RSI - Radiotelevisione Svizzera di Lingua Italiana, SRG SSR, Filmcoopi Zürich AG

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