director's notes

I met Luigi Lineri and his artwork for the first time in early 2015. This encounter ignited in me an unprecedented marvel and a long series of questions. A spark that evolved into the development of this film. Luigi's masterpiece is a formidable tool to investigate universal themes. He has materialized a vast field of anthropological, philosophical and even political topics. Many of these contents are extremely actual and urgent, as for example our conflicting relationship with the ecosystem. Shaping the film structure, I built on top of these "inner" elements. Re-contextualized film archives and evocative images and sounds work in an allusive fashion, further exploring the film themes. It's a continue and open dialogue with Luigi and with the audience. "La Ricerca" deals with collective empowerment, reshaping lost memories to build a better future. This "conservation" topic matters also in regards to the survival of the one-of-a-kind art installation created by Luigi Lineri. Given its peculiarities, there is the strong risk is that it will disappear together with its author, now 85 years old. This film is also a legacy of Luigi's life commitment to art, intended as a way of serving the universal human community. All these motivations supported the long development process of this project, that lasted over 7 years. During this arc of time, many professional embraced this endeavor, in many cases as a passion project, as happened with the world famous musician Nicolás Jaar, composer of the original film score.

Participation of the film project in markets | workshops | development / production / post-production grants

  • In Progress | Milano Film Network – Development workshop (2016)

  • BioToB | Biografilm Festival – Market (2016)

  • IDS – Italian Doc Screenings | – Development workshop (2016)

  • IDS – Matchmaking | – Market (2016)

  • Milano Industry Days | Milano Film NetworkWinner of Development grant (2016)

  • Review | Cortona on the move – Development workshop (2019)

  • L'Atelier | Milano Film NetworkWinner of Post-production grant (2021)