Elegy of Lost Things

Inspired by "Os Pobres" (The Poor), a bitter and raw novel by the Portuguese author Raul Brandão, peopled by outcasts grappling with unresolved existential problems, the project by Stefano Mazzotta explores the theme of exile, the moral condition of individuals who feel estranged from the world in which they live, suspended between hope and nostalgia. Marginal and awkward figures, united by the same melancholic and nostalgic feelings, build up a desire for redemption. As they wander across the fascinating landscape of southern Sardinia, known as Campidano, on its endless white beaches and dunes, among the characteristic old houses, the natural spaces echo their souls, while distance and suspension establish a strained succession of images. Emptiness, vertigo, horizon. Things lost or which never were.

The project "Elegy of lost things" is also a live show and a photo book.

  • Stefano Mazzotta
    Director
    project, direction and choreography
  • Stefano Mazzotta
    Writer
    dramaturgy
  • Anthony Mathieu
    Writer
    collaboration to the dramaturgy
  • Fabio Chiriatti
    Writer
    collaboration to the dramaturgy
  • Stefano Mazzotta
    Producer
  • ZEROGRAMMI DANCETHEATRE
    Producer
  • Massimo Gasole
    co-direction and editing
    co-direction and editing
  • Amina Amici
    Key Cast
  • Alessio Rundeddu
    Key Cast
  • Damien Camunez
    Key Cast
  • Gabriel Beddoes
    Key Cast
  • Miriam Cinieri
    Key Cast
  • Lucrezia Maimone
    Key Cast
  • Simone Zambelli
    Key Cast
  • Antonio Piovanelli
    Special guests
  • Loredana Parrella
    Special guests
  • Bonaria Ghidoni
    Special guests
  • Damiano Picciau
    Director of photography
  • Emanuele Pusceddu
    Foley soundesign, mix audio
  • Tommaso Contu
    Lights
  • Maria Elisa Carzedda
    Production assistant
  • INTERCONNESSIONI tersicorea
    In association with
  • Illador films
    In collaboration with
  • MIC_Ministero della Cultura
    With the support of
  • Regione autonoma della Sardegna
    With the support of
  • Regione Piemonte
    With the support of
  • Fondazione di Sardegna
    With the support of
  • Soprintendenza Archeologica, Belle Arti e Paesaggio per la città metropolitana di Cagliari e le provincie di Oristano e Sud Sardegna
    With the support of
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Elegìa delle cose perdute
  • Project Type:
    Other
  • Runtime:
    47 minutes 51 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 5, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    150,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Italy
  • Country of Filming:
    Italy
  • Language:
    Italian
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Oriente Occidente Dance Festival
    Rovereto
    Italy
    September 6, 2021
    Regional avant-premiere
    Official program
  • DANZA&DANZA
    Roma
    Italy
    December 31, 2021
    nn
    BEST DANCE FILM D&D AWARD 2021
  • EXPERIMENTAL DANCE & MUSIC Film Festival
    Toronto
    Canada
    April 6, 2022
    Best Dance Film 2022
  • Riff Festival Norway
    Eina
    Norway
    July 10, 2022
    Norway Premiere
    Best feature film
  • Ziel Dance & Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    June 26, 2022
    United States premiere
    Official Selection
  • Portland Dance Film Festival
    Portland
    United States
    October 7, 2022
    Official selection
  • International meeting on video dance
    Valencia
    Spain
    Spanish premiere
    Official selection
Distribution Information
  • ZEROGRAMMI
    Distributor
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Stefano Mazzotta

Stefano Mazzotta, choreographer and stage director. After a training in dance and theater at the Actor's School of CTK (Lecce, It), he continued his studies at the School of Dramatic Art “Paolo Grassi” in Milan where he graduated in 2000. He studied with masters such as Jean Cebron, Marco Baliani, Beatrice Libonati, Raffaella Giordano, Michele Abbondanza, Davide Montagna, Bruce Michelson. He has worked with directors and choreographers including Ismael Ivo, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Luca Veggetti, Monica Casadei and Avi Kaiser. Since 2005 he is choreographer and artistic director of the italian dancetheatre company Zerogrammi. His creative activity is characterised by a choreographic research that advances through experimentation of languages, contexts, and views often transversal to dance and theater. The organic journey of discovery, leading to creation, comes to compositional work through social and educational projects, residences built around specific anthropological and geographical interests, actions related to the experience of languages such as photography, video, plastic arts, literature, to give to the creative work new signs, new meanings and an experience-based baggage representing the essential tool with which he comes back to the construction of its artistic work, renewing its sense and urgency. From 2006, over 30 co-productions, derived by national and international collaborations, have been created and represented in Italy and abroad (France, Switzerland, Spain, Finland, Holland, Portugal, Germany, Russia, Turkey, Singapore) and awarded several prizes including Hystrio Prize 2013, Golden Mask 2012, Prize Vignale Danza2012, Giocateatro Prize 2009, Festival Oriente Occidente Prize 2008. Since 2012, he is also artistic director of Casa LUFT, a production center dedicated to artistic creation and professional training, where the dialogue between different and complementary poetics, providing support to creative processes, produces wealth generated by sharing and multiplies useful tools for developing the artistic idea, expanding connections and collaborating opportunities in national and international contexts.

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Director Statement

We dance the everyday: the minimal, invisible, imperfect details revealing the deepest aspects of our human being. We dance the vulnerability: a wince, a contradiction, an hesitation, a wait. In a time that is a nostalgic now, leaning towards the future, moving from the individual with the obligation to speak in the name of everyone. In a place that is here, crossing and carrying the whole body to embrace the world. In a form that is an offered gesture, poor and peripheral, able to rename things.