Dir. Gregor Božič. Italy/Slovenia/Germany. 2019, 81 mins. In Slovene and Italian with English subtitles. DCP. With Massimo De Francovich and Ivana Roscic. Set amid the forests along the Yugoslav-Italian border in the years after World War II, and shot on gloriously vivid Super 16mm and 35mm film, Stories from the Chestnut Woods
emerges from all manner of in-betweens. Unfolding as a fable but historically located in Slavia-Veneta during the postwar confusion of redrawn borders and newly emergent nations, the film follows Mario (Massimo De Francovich), a stubborn old carpenter whose self-preoccupations blind him from his wife's rapid descent into illness. He ruefully begins to turn his attention to Marta (Ivana Roscic), a woman who has been left to tend to her family’s chestnut groves after her husband’s departure. The two try to take stock of the past while contemplating a deeply uncertain future, caught in an environment that suddenly seems as elusive as a dream. U.S. premiere. View trailer.
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