program 2022

The Last Step of an Acrobat

Cesare Bedogné
Cesare Bedogné is an Italian photographer, film-maker and writer. His first, autobiographical novel and his black and white photographs were at he basis of the film “Story for an empty theatre”, which he co-directed with the Russian film-maker Aleksandr Balagura. He later directed the experimental/documentary short films “Maria’s Silence”, “The Last Step of an Acrobat”, “Photographing New York”. All these experimental films won numerous awards internationally and were screened in prestigious film festivals such as Art Visuals&Poetry in Vienna, the 75th Festival Internazionale del Cinema di Salerno, the L’Europe autour de l’Europe film Festival in Paris, the 69th Montecatini International Short Film Festival in Italy, the 14th Harlem International Film Festival in New York, the London Greek Film Festival, The Cinemistica Film Festival in Spain, the AMIIWorkFest in Vilnius, the Concrete Dream film Festival in Los Angeles and many others.He recently completed (March 2022) another experimental short entitled “Lost Images”. Further information is available on the artist’s website:
“We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
Till human voices wake us, and we drown”.
(T.S.Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock)
This film appeared to us, as it unfolded almost by itself, day after day while shooting, as a mythical fairy-tale about dead sea creatures and the desire to fly – Death and Flight, that cannot exist without one another.
Like a dream, it is based on a series of interconnected visions, longings and forebodings that could not possibly be reduced to a unity of meaning. As life itself, or as the sea which is always changing and yet remains the same, unable to betray its mystery.
More like a visual poem than a narrative film, it is the story of an Equilibrist suspended on the slack rope of existence, the thin and always changeable borderland joining all opposites, Sky and Earth, Life and Death, Light and Shadow, Elsewhere and Nowhere.
This film is also about transformation and loss of identity, about the desire to become someone else, or even something else – the screech of a seagull, bleaching bones, a broken dolphin’s mouth, dissolving into deep eternity – a meditation on melancholy and on the frailty of existence, permeated by the secret whispering of all things shipwrecked and lost.