One Metre Below the Fish


The Po delta extends, in Veneto, in a triangle of land quite vast. The vertex is located in Adria and the two extreme points are located, to the north, in Chioggia and, to the south, in the island of Scardovari, in the arm of the Po di Goro. This land has a great social-anthropological, landscaping and naturalistic charm. It is a land where the mouth of the Po has determined the lifestyle and dictated the time of the years and where the border is not only a geographical boundary between two regions, Emilia and Veneto, but also an existential condition that has made the inhabitants of these places people at the limit. The dialect of this land is strange, broken, the result of linguistic mixtures. And it is precisely through linguistic assonances, puns, sayings, that we will understand a little more where we are and with whom we are talking. We will cross the three islands that make up the Delta following the dense network of canals as if they were roads of a city. A particular city, unique in its kind, of which we would like to offer a more intimate vision linked to the soul of these places and a more objective, geographical, to trace the limits of this area. The lagoon area of the Po delta is composed of small towns that are lost in very wide horizons, large plots of land, water, canals. We will try to tell these places visually starting from the simple and direct relationships between things, shapes, colors. A dimension of reality where the times and ways of post-modern society come to fade only through a lazy television that sticks at the bottom of a counter of tavern. The musical rhythm of the story will be given by a boat that every year goes through the Po Delta, from Rovigo to Foce, embarking Blues musicians who play for a dense group of audiences. We will follow him in this playful lapping of notes and waves, breathing an air not very different from the one that the black bluesmen with guitar and hat make vibrate in the nights on the bank of the Mississippi.

Written and Directed by Michele Mellara and Alessandro Rossi
Edited by Michele Mellara and Alessandro Rossi
Photography by Michele Mellara
Music by Emiliano Grilli
Music Consultant Moreno Mari
Sound recordist Alessandro Rossi
Speaker Mauro Marchese
Mixing by Nicola Bagnoli
Executive Producer Ilaria Malagutti
Produced by Mammut Film
Archive Material Extracts from documentary films by Florestano Vancini and Giovanni Marangoni
Time Lenght 58’
Format DVcam

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Distribution: Vitagraph
Home Video: Ermitage Cinema CG (2005), Italy
Festivals and prizes
Premio Avanti e Premio Velambiente al XXIV Bellaria Film festival 2006
Menzione speciale al IX Torino Cinemambiente 2006
Nomination al Golden Panda 2007 (Cina)
Premio Miglior Fotografia al Sole e Luna Doc Festival (Palermo) 2008
Secondo Premio Miglior Documentario Delta Film Festival (Adria), 2009
VII Videopolis 2006
IX Genova Film Festival 2006
XIII Premio “Libero Bizzarri” 2006
VI Rovinj Italian Film festival 2006
Festival di Siena “Hai visto mai?”2006
Festival del Mare 2006
Festival dei Castelli Romani 2006
Rodi Eco Film Festival 2007
Flaiano Film Festival 2007 (Pescara)
Blues Festival 2007 (Rovigo)
Territori in Festival 2007 (Montecatini)
Ecomeeting Festival 2007 (Massa)
Sea&Tv Festival 2007 (La Maddalena)
EcoFilm Festival 2007 (Formello- Roma)
X Mediterranean Doc Film Festival 2007 (Lavrio Grecia)
Milano Doc festival 2008
Passaggio a Sud Est (Roma) 2008
TuttaPorto (Palermo) 2008
Parma Video Festival, 2009
Italiani Brava Gente (Firenze) 2009

Cinema Lumiere, Cineteca di Bologna, 2007
La casa del Cinema, Roma, 2007
Cinema Jolly, Piacenza, 2007
Cinema Tiberio, Rimini, 2007
il Cinema del carbone, Mantova, 2007
Cinema Arena, Cesenatico, (RN) 2007
Cinema all’aperto di Lido di Classe, (RN) 2008
Cinema all’aperto di Adria, 2008
Circolo fratelli Marx Argelato (BO), 2008
CISL sala Bondioli (BO), 2008
Rovigo Blues Festival, 2008
Cinema Argelato (BO),2008
Bagnacavallo (FO), 2008
Filmstudio, Roma, 2008
Cinema Argenta (FE), 2008
Cinema Sarti, Cesena, 2008
Sala della Musica, Cà Tiepolo, Rovigo, 2009
Cinema Azzurro Scipioni, Roma, 2010
Circolo della Vela, Venezia, 2010
Fondazione Benetton, Treviso, 2013
Teatro delle Ariette - Castello di Serravalle, Valsamoggia, Bologna, 2013

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