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LE QUATTRO VOLTE
USA: Lorber Films
UK: New Wave Films
Cast: Giuseppe Fuda, Bruno Timpano, Nazareno Timpano
Director: Michelangelo Frammartino
Countries: Italy / Germany / Switzerland
USA & UK: 88 mins
USA Rated: Not Rated
UK Certificate: U contains one scene of animal birth
USA Release Date: 30 March 2011 (Limited Release - New York)
UK Release Date: 27 May 2011 (Limited Release)
An elderly shepherd lives in a quiet mediaeval village perched high on the hills of Calabria, at the southernmost tip of Italy. He still herds goats but is sick. He believes he can find his medicine in the dust he collects on the church floor, which he drinks in his water every day.
When a new goat kid is born, the film follows its first few tentative steps, its first games, until it gains strength and goes to pasture. Nearby, a majestic tree stirs in the mountain breeze and slowly changes through the seasons, until transformed into fuel through the ancestral work of the local Calabrian charcoal makers.
A beautiful and poetic vision of the revolving cycles of life and nature in the unbroken traditions of a timeless place, LE QUATTRO VOLTE appears as the metaphor of a soul that moves through four successive states of being.