An old shepherd lives his last days in a quiet medieval village, perched high on the hills of Calabria at the southernmost tip of Italy. He herds goats under skies that most villagers have deserted long ago. He is sick, and believes to find his medicine in the dust he collects on the church floor, which he drinks in his water every day.

A new goat kid is born. We follow its first few tentative steps, its first games, until it gains strength and goes to pasture. Nearby, a majestic fir tree stirs in the mountain breeze and slowly changes through the seasons.

The tree now lies on the ground. It has been reduced to its own skeleton, and is transformed into wood coal through the ancestral work of the local coal makers. Our sight gets lost in the ashes’ smoke.

Le Quattro Volte is a poetic vision of the revolving cycles of life and nature and the unbroken traditions of a timeless place. The story of one soul that moves through four successive lives.


Produced by

Vivo film, Essential Filmproduktion, Invisibile Film, ventura film

with the support of MiBAC – Direzione Generale Cinema, Torino Filmlab 2008, Eurimages, Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, Fondazione Calabria Film Commission, in collaboration with ZDF/ARTE, RSI Televisione svizzera, Cinecittà Luce.


Shepherd: Giuseppe Fuda

Coal maker: Bruno Timpano

Coal maker: Nazareno Timpano


Written and directed by: Michelangelo Frammartino

Produced by: Marta Donzelli, Gregorio Paonessa, Susanne Marian, Philippe Bober, Gabriella Manfrè, Elda Guidinetti, Andres Pfaeffli


Cinematography: Andrea Locatelli

Set design: Matthew Broussard

Costume design: Gabriella Maiolo

Editing: Benni Atria, Maurizio Grillo

Sound: Paolo Benvenutti, Simone Paolo Olivero

Technical data

Year: 2010

Running time: 88 min

Country: Italy/Switzerland/Germany

Format: color, 35mm

Festivals and awards

Festival di Cannes 2010 – “Quinzaine de Réalisateurs”- Europe Cinemas Label e Palm Dog Award

Toronto International Film Festival 2010

San Sebastian Film Festival 2010

CPH Dox 2010 – Dox Award

Nastri d’Argento 2010 – Special Silver Ribbon

Ciak d’oro 2011 – Best Photography, Best Sound, Best Producer

Italian Distribution

Istituto Luce Cinecittà

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