Private Project

Bussana Resilient | Art In Ruins

In 1887 an earthquake severley damaged Bussana Vecchia, the Italian village near San Remo. As a result the old "borgo" was abandoned and all of its buildings declared dangerous.
About seventy years later, two Italian artists discovered its uniqueness and potential and decided to found the International Artist Community of Bussana Vecchia. As there were no property titles, we the artists restored the ruins to houses – from rubble and with no capital.
Since than Bussana Vecchia is called the "Borgo Degli Artisti".
For more than half a century, it has demonstrated that, despite not belonging to any formal institution, unwanted ruins can be transformed into a livable place – tailor-made to residents’ needs and providing them with a means of generating income.
Unfortunately, since 2015, Italian authorities are scrutinizing our community, demanding to make the place safer for visiting tourists. The administration from Genova has sent word to all of us, that they do not accept the status of Bussana Vecchia anymore. No wonder, that we the "Bussanesi" are frightened about the future of the Community of Artists.

Leonard Sommer – who is part of the Community since 1971 – is trying to summarize the injustice that had been faced to the people of the Italian Artist Village. Together with The Royal Film Company from London, he would love to bring attention especially to the actual situation. We still hope, that one day, our community will be treated as residents instead of occupiers.

Thanks for your attention.

  • Leonard Sommer
  • Leonard Sommer
  • Kai Kemmler
  • Nilo Calvini
    "Bussana, Dall Antico All Nuovo Paese"
  • Vanni Giuffré
    "La Comunità Degli Artisti"
  • Moritz Schreiner
    The Royal Film Company
  • Colin Wilmott
    Key Cast
  • Marco Orsatti
    Key Cast
  • Margherita Bellini
    Key Cast
  • Luisa Bistolfi
    Key Cast
  • Angelo Cantù
    Key Cast
  • Maria Theresa Donetti
    Key Cast
  • Hartmut Sommer
    Key Cast
  • Jana Weiser
    Key Cast
  • Mungi Sydney Wilmot
    Key Cast
  • Francis Shaw
    Main Theme
  • Jan Ullmann
    Hippie Theme
  • Marky Male
    "Bussana Di Notte"
  • Florian Mebes
  • Henning Nolte-Tschofen
  • Eva Weingart
  • Babsi Born
    Title Design
  • The Royal Film Company
  • Sommer+Sommer
  • Listen! Studio
    Sound Edit
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    25 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 28, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,800 USD
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    40mm, Super 8
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    Black & White and Color
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Director Biography - Leonard Sommer

1971 born in Karlsruhe/Germany
1971-1985 Adventurous Childhood in Bussana Vecchia
1994 Bachelors of Arts in Graphic Design | Florence/Italy
1995 Co-Founder Creative Agency Sommer+Sommer, Stuttgart
2014 Executive MBA Creative Leadership, Berlin School
2014 Speaker at Cannes Lions Festival Of Creativity
2016 Co-Founder XQ Digital, Karlsruhe
2017 Director´s Debut "Bussana Resilient"

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Director Statement

"Our project does not aim to explain the story of the "Borgo Degli Artisti" in detail – it is an international campaign to raise awareness on the fate of the inhabitants of Bussana Vecchia, to be evicted in 1894, in 1950 and ... probably in 2020."