Atlas of Memory
Nominated for Best Feature Documentary
75' • Italy • 2020
Lorenzo, 25 years old, discovers the researches of the linguist Ugo Pellis of early XX Century and the thousands of photographs he took. Fascinated by the great amount of faces, he decides to return in those places to look for those who are still alive. The journey becomes a carousel of encounters, turning points and surprises. His research brings successes and failures: landscapes have changed, people are dead, men or nature could have cancelled houses and communities for good. Through these experiences, Lorenzo reflects on memory, language, identity, diversity, love and death. Because Pellis’ linguistic atlas goes far beyond words and images. It is like an enormous map to be explored in several dimensions: it is an atlas of memory.