Creation of Meaning

The Creation of Meaning

  • Canada, Italy
  • 90
  • 14A
    Directors:
  • Simone Rapisarda Casanova
  • Simone Rapisarda Casanova
    Credits:
  • Simone Rapisarda Casanova (Producer)
  • Simone Rapisarda Casanova (Cinematographer)
  • Simone Rapisarda Casanova (Editor)
  • Simone Rapisarda Casanova (Writer)
  • Simone Rapisarda Casanova (Sound)

Amidst Tuscany’s awe-inspiring Apuan Alps, a household radio blares political turmoil while a spindly shepherd named Pacifico Pieruccioni ekes out his day in self-sufficient bliss. He’s tending to his chickens one moment and bottling homemade red wine the next. The Creation of Meaning—an artful blur of documentary, fiction and anthropology—elegantly captures life’s constant flux by attempting to portray what writer Jorge Luis Borges referred to as an “Aleph”: an allegorical singularity where all points in space and time overlap and intertwine. And so, where Pieruccioni’s donkey now grazes, German forces also once massacred hundreds of civilians. With boundless warmth and a generosity of spirit, filmmaker Simone Rapisarda Casanova enacts this convergence to poetic, meditative effect. Justin Mah

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