A young father and his eight-year old child are walking up a mountain. The route they take, the nights in a tent and the open-air life they lead provide moments of closeness and dialogue.

The words they exchange talk of: their relationship with their family, love, the town the father has left and Nature all around them.

Childhood, the desire to find out things and to grow contrast with the worries of adult life..

While their journey continues, marked by encounters and discoveries that can come about in this increasingly natural landscape, father and son discuss other issues that seem to emerge from the past or suddenly bring them back to the daily routine of life in the city below them, on the plain: the occupation by the workers of a factory in Milan and the narration of the (mis)fortunes of a music producer in the Seventies.

A game of cross-references and allusions that speaks to the children we once were, and the adults we now are, interlacing individual experiences and collective history.

Is climbing ever higher and seeking farther horizons a way to distance ourselves or to grow closer to the world?

Produced by

Quarto Film

in collaboration with Rai Tre, Fuori Orario and Vivo film; with the contribution of Province of Lecco – Cultural Department



Giovanni Maderna

Eugenio Maderna

Gianni Grandis (voice)

The workers of Innse in Milano and their supporters


Produced by: Giovanni Maderna

Directing, editing, sound: Giovanni Maderna, Sara Pozzoli

Sound editing & mix: Marco Saitta

Color correction & visual effects: Ercole Cosmi

Technical data

Year: 2010

Running time: 123 min

Country: Italy

Language: Italian

Format: color

Festivals and awards

Venice International Film Festival

Italian Distribution

Vivo film

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