Private Project

The walkers. A report

Halfway between imaginative dimension and sound, between documentary and computer graphics, frames and sounds that inhabit the pictures of "I camminatori" (The walkers) bring into resonance the words of Testa's poems, framing each verse in a kind of instant sound.
Conceived as a musical score, the film-installation is characterized by the double dialectic between sound and image: from one hand, the audio text alternates readings to actual soundtracks acousmatic poem, the image, from the other hand the visual part is played on the contrast between static and plasticity; slow movements of the machine that linger on landscapes where there is an absence of man, alternate with sequences in time-lapse and characterized by a frenetic pace and tight.
A collage of stories and improvisations sequence where image and sound come together in a poietic and abstract dimension, while the rhythm, punctuated by the alternation of film shot and time-lapse, characterizes the formal symmetry.
One possible reading of an archetype as widespread as mythological: the journey, the journey undertaken by hikers, explorers, the dreamers, the emigrants, to all those that move like real islands wandering between water and land borders in the world ,
A trip, then, driven by the desire to explore the world that lies beyond the veil of everyday life behind and which are gathered and amplified anxieties, instincts and psychology that belongs to the man of every time and every place

  • Cesare Saldicco
  • Italo Testa
  • Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca
  • Camilla Barbarito
    Key Cast
  • Paul Vangelisti
  • Cesare Saldicco
    Music and Sound Design
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    I camminatori. Resoconto audiovisivo per isole erranti
  • Project Type:
    Music Video
  • Runtime:
    22 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 17, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    500 EUR
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    Digital, PAL 25fps
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  • EXPO2015 - Milan
    Pavilion "Università Milano-Bicocca"
    September 17, 2015
    Italian premiere
  • Los Angeles Cinefest
    Los Angeles, U.S.A.
    Best of Audience
  • Phoenix Film Festival
    Melbourne, Australia
    Official selection
  • Firestone International Experimental Film Festival
    Moscow, Russian Federation
    December 16, 2015
    Russian premiere
    official selection
  • SDFF Silver Dollar Film Festival
    on line festival
    March 25, 2016
    Canadian premier
    official selection
  • Goldensun Short Film Festival 2015
    Official selection
  • New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival
    New York Philharmonic’s biennial at National Sawdust - Abrons Arts Center
    June 17, 2016
  • Toronto Film Week
    Toronto, Canada
    August 28, 2016
  • Ozark Shorts
    Lamar. Missouri
    United States
  • DocuTIFF 2016 Documentary Tirana International Film Festival
    Albanian premiere
  • Flyin Frame Film Festival
    United States
    May 21, 2016
  • CreaActive International Open Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    June 10, 2016
Director Biography - Cesare Saldicco

Cesare Saldicco (b. 1976) is an italian acoustic and electroacoustic composer. He starts to playing the piano during his childhood and receives the superior diploma at Perugia’s Conservatorio in 1999. He achieves the Electronic Music diploma with Luigi Ceccarelli in 2004. Under the expertise of Fabio Cifariello Ciardi, he graduates in Composition, Counterpoint and Fugue in 2007. For his artistic development have been very important his encounters between 2005 and 2006 with Anders Hultqvist and Ole Lützow-Holm during the Erasmus scholarship in Sweden. Soon afterwards he attends lessons and master classes with Philippe Hurel, Unsuk Chin, Oscar Strasnoy, Helmut Lachenmann, Gavin Bryars, Salvatore Sciarrino and Ivan Fedele, with whom he obtains the PhD in Composition at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome.
Between 2000 and 2003 he also attended several master classes as a pianist with the jazz musician Stefano Bollani, which, in 2002, writes the liner notes for his first CD “Atlantide”. In 2002 the Italian National RadioRAI invites him as a pianist to the most important radiophonic jazz broadcast: Invenzioni a 2 voci. Winner of several scholarships (Erasmus, Acanthes, EdisonStudio etc.), he has been awarded in 2001, at the International Composition Competition "Città di Casarza Ligure". In 2003 he is a finalist at the 2nd International Competition for Composers in Lamia (Greece). In 2006 Centro Tempo Reale, founded by Luciano Berio, selects him to form the Soundex project in Florence. In this project he realizes the sound design for the exhibition “Radio FM 1976-2006” in the following cities Bologna, Modena, Padova, Bari, Livorno, Milano, Udine and Roma. In the same year he obtains the 2nd prize at the International Composition Competition “Sassi vivaci”. In 2007 he wins the 2nd prize at the International Composition Competition “Musici Mojanesi” and, always in the same year, he has been selected from CECh – Comunidad Electroacùstica de Chile during the VII International Festival of Electroacoustic Music.
In 2009, the multimedia work "Cut up & Grain, Chapter 1: Life" conceived and created together with Antonino Chiaramonte, won a mention in the "36th International Competition of Electroacoustic Music and Sonic Art / Bourges 2009". EmuFest in Rome, selects his electroacoustic works in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2013. CEMAT Federation includes his work "Naissances Latentes" scored for amplified cello, prerecorded sounds and live electronics in a CD series named "Punti di Ascolto", while, in 2012, the work "Digressione Ipertestuali N.10" has been selected by Musica Viva Portugal for the installation “Sound Walk 2012” at the Goethe Institut in Lisbon.
In the same year “La Biennale di Venezia” invites him to produce a new electroacoustic work - “Still Life”- staged during the 56th edition of the festival.
His music is edited and published by ArsPublica, Philology and Sconfinarte. His works have been performed in Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, U.S.A. and broadcasted by Italian National RadioRAI.
In the field of musicology he had two series of lectures by titles "Contaminazioni sonore" and "Music and Architecture”, while in the field of teaching he developed an ear training software with Max/MSP. He published a book entitled “Mappe Sonore” about music education for primary schools.
He is the founder and artistic director of the Cultural Association G.E.R.M.I. (European Independent Music Research) and promoter of the homonym festival and composition competition. In 2012 he is part of MOA, a group of composers who develops site-specific musical projects.
Currently he is a electroacoustic music composition teacher at Conservatorio Statale di Musica Antonio Vivaldi in Alessandria.
I camminatori (The walkers) represents his first short.

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