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Transumanza Tour

A folk trio, voice, violin, guitar, on a reversed tour across Italy, for a “rural-musical” journey exploring wwoofing and the new forms of rurality 2.0.

A docu-fiction in 6 episodes, Transumanza Tour will try to narrate it through the encounter with six different rural realities in as many different Italian regions. Our eyes will be those of a music band, our chance that of wwoofing, used by the band as a form of exchange for food and lodging.

Through the band’s experiences, emotions, endeavours and strains, we will be introduced to six farms and their innkeepers, bearers of the traditions of an archaic world and at the same time witnesses of a new social phenomenon – that of ‘return’. Return to the land, return to the archaic. Return of young graduates, families tired of the tyranny of consumerism, the unemployed looking for a way out of mere survival; return of the offsprings of that generation that fought for their sons and daughters’ higher education only to find them go back to attend the land they once left. Among them, Vito, Arianna and Susanna – voice, violin and guitar of Vito e le Orchestrine – will go back to that world and those rhythms – their “return” is what this journey will guide us through.

Transumanza Tour will be a journey through all this and an a path of mutual exchange and growth, across Italy from Basilicata to Liguria. The tour follows music and musicians as they cope with the rural settings in which they are called to play, live and work, while they get acquainted with the wwoofers they find on their path, and meet the hosts introducing them to the delights and strains of rural life.

   Duration: 90 minutes

   Spoken language: Italian

   Subtitles: English

   Director: Valerio Gnesini

   Country: Italy

   Year: 2016

Valerio Gnesini

Some years ago, in the month of July, I found myself almost by chance in a magical place between Palermo and Cefalù: Altavilla Milicia. The farm hosting me stood on a promontory between two hills: hidden in the middle lay the Valle dei Corvi, an uneven rocky area tormented by typically sicilian life stories, where the only visible straight line was the one separating the sky from the sea. As I got there, I was asked to go to the train station to pick up a guest from San Francisco: Ethan, who came to Italy to wwoof, that is, to work in the farm in exchange for food and lodging, as a sort of barter involving human beings, knowledges and emotions. The arrival of Ethan from California – the land where the most liberal and alternative movements originated – was perhaps a signal, the premonition of what would intrigue and fascinate me in the years to come and of all the things I'll endeavour to finally narrate with the help of the troupe and Vito, Susanna and Arianna.

Silvia Veronesi

She started to work in the production field at Terminal Production, where she produced many commercials for important clients such as Unieuro, Hero, Caterpillar, Macron, Ferrero, Calgon Bosch. She also worked in the production and distribution field for documentaries as “The Harvest” and “Transumanza Tour” and feature films as “Il cacciatore di anatre” that won several awards and for some short films as “1953” and “L’albero della Piazza”.She works for different production companies as MaxMan Coop, FreeU, SMK Videofactory, Signum, Duruntina Film, Novantaseidodici Cinema Line and Terminal Production.

November 16th 2017


entrance from 19:30

90 armchairs


110 seats at tables