Journey to the lowlands
A journey in the Modena area discovering inhabitants and their stories
Look out the window. And doesn’t this remind you of when you were in the boat? And then later that night, you were lying, looking up at the ceiling, and the water in your head… was not dissimilar from the landscape, and you think to yourself, “Why is it that the landscape… is moving, but… the boat is still ?”
Dead Man – Jim Jarmusch
A road movie that tells the dream beyond the frontier of the inhabitants of the plain, immersed in a still unknown microcosm, where life flows slowly. Here time is fragmented, blurred, dreamlike and the water has its own music and whispers the stories of the inhabitants. The family ties, the bucolic landscape, the places and the animals: here, in the lowland, everything is connected, everything flows and everything remains. They are tales of lands located below sea level, enclosed by mountain ranges and furrowed by rivers that overflow during the winter season. The dream of communism a red Emilia has now evaporated; the earthquake has mowed down much of the area, unemployment, alcohol and pollution have done the rest: but people continue to work and hope that this hard moment will pass, they are hardened to face the challenges of everyday life. Here we are used to the thick fog that remains for months and covers a vanished peasant world that should not be sought, but felt spiritually. Here the souls of our fathers and mothers echo like sounds from a distant time.