A marvelous sign language has been created between man and machine in the marble quarries of Carrara, located in Italy, in the northwest of Tuscany. In an unreal science fiction-like landscape, a man directs a mechanical arm towards the marble which is about to disintegrate into several blocks. The din in Carrara must be truly deafening but the sound of the film has been filtered in such a way that all our attention is focused on the movements of the man and the mechanical arm. The camera is placed so that the jaws of the arm appear larger than the rocks in the background. But ultimately the rocks take over, completely filling the screen. And this time, the man in charge is no longer there.
In 2012, IL CAPO notably won the Grand Prix of the InLab Competition at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.
About the artist:
Yuri Ancarani, Italian filmmaker and artist, video art teacher in Milan, has just finished the trilogy he has been developing for several years. Each of the films that compose it is dedicated to a profession that it erects into an act of beauty and courage. The men at work draw a precise choreography there. Their environment, whether extremely modern and technological or natural and mechanical, is treated the same way: his camera emphasizes immaculate surfaces, clean forms; his plans are raw, without words, as if he were trying to reach the essence of human action.