Directors: Daniele Ciprì & Franco Maresco
Time: 38 mins
Music: Steve Lacy
Eye of Sound: The Italian duo Ciprì & Maresco, known to be cynical deconstructionists, weave a fascinating film around memories of a decadent Sicily. Ruins, memories of ruins - memories are ruins. This thoroughly surrealist piece unfolds like a dream, with no clear direction but the haunting feeling of familiarity and the ready acceptance of otherness as oneness. There is no other sound except Steve Lacy's beautiful and melancholic soprano saxophone, specifically improvised for the film. But, as the directors respectfully say, Lacy's music can never be a mere "soundtrack"; there is a space between the two events, they are aware of one another, but also acutely aware of themselves. And the beauty of A Memoria resides in this powerful dialectic between picture and sound. The pleasure of ruins lies in the eye of memory.