BORDERS OF EUROPE

Original title: CONFINI D’EUROPA

a six-documentary films-series by Corso Salani

produced by Vivo film

in collaboration with RAI 3 Fuori orario

While the never-ending flux of mass tourism seems to have reached all destinations and taken possession of every distant corner on Earth, a few places are still resisting the assault. Some of them even exist in Europe: spaces where attractions, social contradictions and geographic peculiarities are gathered together. Because such places are unknown to most of us, Borders of Europe traces a journey to forgotten but fascinating corners of the European continent. These marginal areas possess a secret beauty, an intimate “borderline” poetry. Director Corso Salani’s six-stage journey leads him to discover uncertain, forgotten realities. He shows us particular contexts and controversial situations, fascinating for their “borderline” qualities. In some cases, we discover a bridge between different cultures and worlds. Under various pretexts, each journey also involves a different female guide. Together, they represent the multiple faces of femininity. These strongwilled, stubborn, intelligent women are simultaneously travelling companions, accomplices, and even a mirror through which he observes himself. They are sensitive and complex creatures, investigated and laid bare by the movie camera, which captures their skin, mutable as a landscape, reflecting the secret beauty of things.

BORDERS OF EUROPE #4 TALSI

Original title: Confini d’Europa #4 Talsi

a film by CORSO SALANI

(2007)

Talsi, a small border town in Latvia, is so close to Russia it is almost forgotten. It is even alien to the inhabitants of the nearby capital Riga. This Latvian territory, especially the Kurzeme region, is a crossroads of ethnicity, language and religion. The Lutheran Church cohabits with Catholics and the Orthodox, and different ethnic groups coexist serenely. In particular, there are many Russians who settled here during the years of Communism. Russians have lived peacefully with Latvians since independence in 1991, even though the latter have obliged the former to renounce their native language. From across the Baltic Sea, rich Denmark exerts the silent, off-screen pressure of

Western capitalism: Danes have bought land and goods and influenced the local economy. Thanks to its unusual position, Talsi constitutes a remarkable human and geographical sample of Latvia. Most of the population are still women because of the enormous casualties of the Second World War, when many Latvians were killed or deported. Corso Salani does not attempt a rigorous or scientific analysis of this European border. Instead, he decides to represent – or rather stage – it by relying once again on a female guide: a young actress from the National Latvian Theatre called Liga Vitina. The story of the province becomes, therefore, the story of a female universe evoked by Liga. She is a remarkable medium who makes deep connections. She becomes a kind of one-woman choir to act out the roles of the various women she meets, and transforms their lives into monologues for the camera. The stories of these Talsi women are tales of abandonment and poverty, but also of optimism and desire for deliverance, of delusion and hope. Talsi talks to us about the miraculous healing power of theatre and film. Through Liga, the silence of the world’s afflicted provinces finally dissolves into tears.

Produced by

Vivo film in collaborazione con RAI 3 Fuori orario

Cast

con Liga Vitina

Crew

Fotografia e regia: Corso Salani

Suono e aiuto regia: Anette Dujisin

Sceneggiatura e montaggio: Vanessa Picciarelli e Corso Salani

Fotografia e riprese: Sebastiano Bazzini

Prodotto da: Gregorio Paonessa per Vivo film

Technical data

Anno: 2007

Durata: 53′

Paese: Italia

Lingua originale: Italiano

Formato: Digital

International Sales

Vivo film

Italian Distribution

Vivo film