Private Project

Autumn of the Nations

November, 9 1989: thousands of East Germans take to the streets forcing the gates in front of the powerless guards at the checkpoints; on the other side of the wall, the West Germans welcome their brothers with open arms.
The images of the fall of the Berlin Wall, as well as a few months before those of the unknown insurgent with plastic bags that challenges a column of tanks in Tiananmen Square, have indelibly sculpted our era.
Until then the world was divided between Reagan's America and Gorbachev's communist bloc. In the rhetoric of Hollywood films, the first one were the good guys, all the others the bad guys. Soon, the Iron Curtain and the Soviet Union would have disintegrated and the world would have greeted the end of the Cold War.

In the thirtieth anniversary of those events, a period known as the "Autumn of Nations", a work of contemporary animation, which each frame is an accomplished drawing that lives within a creative magma: a painting in motion that acts as a medium for a visionary and rarefied narration.
A short film to celebrate, as well as a pretext for a bitter reflection: after thirty years, geographical maps and mental borders have been redesigned in favor of a globalization that doesn’t take count of the history and continues to raise walls in the name of divisions and political aspirations.

  • Cesare Saldicco
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 EUR
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Director Biography - Cesare Saldicco

Cesare Saldicco is a composer, multimedia artist and filmmaker based in Milan.
Research interests include the use of emergent dynamical and fractal systems in generative works and nonstandard synthesis, glitch/noise aesthetics and new forms of interaction and self-organized presentation.

He has had commissions, awards and grants from the most significant international institutions such as Accademia Nazionale of Santa Cecilia in Rome, Acanthes, Centro Tempo Reale, CECh – Comunidad Electroacùstica de Chile, Bourges International Festival of Electroacoustic Music and Sonic Art, CEMAT Federation, Musica Viva Portugal, EXPO2015, MA/IN, EmuFest, MUSLab, Mixtur Festival, AVAF – Athens Video Art Festival, Destellos prize and La Biennale di Venezia

His audiovisual works “I Camminatori”, “Shadow Puppet Sketch” and “Autumn of the Nations” won and have been officially selected in many important film festivals such as Phoenix Film Festival in Melbourne, Los Angeles Film Festival and Toronto Film Week.

His music is edited and published by ArsPublica, Philology, Da Vinci Classics, Sconfinarte, RMN Classical and Stradivarius and has been widely performed in Italy, Austria, Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Ecuador, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Japan, Malta, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, U.S.A. and broadcasted by Italian National RadioRAI.

He is full professor of electroacoustic music composition at the Conservatorio Statale di Musica “Giuseppe Verdi” of Milan and curator of the MA/IN Festival.

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