Private Project


Our lives are made up of connections—connections with people, with the environment, with the tools of our trade. Some are so essential, that if we lose them, we lose a part of who we are.
This short film explores the essential connections that make Sacha who he is—a fisherman from Carloforte (on the Isle of San Pietro, Sardinia) with a special relationship with the people and nature of his island home. Stories of a life connected to the sea, conveyed through the hands of a man who still repairs his nets. Sacha is the son of a long line of fishermen, whose maritime studies led him to travel the world as an officer on large merchant ships, before returning home to become a simple fisherman on the fishing boat that once belonged to his father.
His is a simple, essential existence, amid the falcons and cliffs, rich in friendships built on bonds of humanity—his ties with the local shipwright, with a local economy built more on bartering than money, and with the local Tabarchino dialect that binds the people together and roots them to their island. An existence in which sharing is a fundamental value, enshrined in the tradition of the “casciandra,” where helping out becomes a celebration of friendships, amid fire, food, hard work, music, and joy.
The film is part of a larger future project aiming to explore the nuances of the connections and relationships that bind and affect us all. A rich and stimulating web of interconnections that we need to be aware of and to confront, if we are to change course and find new, more agreeable ways of being, in harmony with ourselves, with nature, and with the planet.

  • Giulio Caresio
  • Davide Marcone
  • Giannandrea Carpanzano
    Assistant director
  • Barbara Andriano
  • Giulio Caresio
  • Giulio Caresio
  • Maria Teresa Soldani
  • Alessandro Taricco
  • Battista Dagnino
  • Caterina Santullo
    Graphic & type design
  • Alessandro Madeddu
    Set photos
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Short, environment, sea, fisherman, essential connections
  • Runtime:
    29 minutes 8 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    35,000 EUR
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Director Biography - Giulio Caresio

Born in 1973, after earning a degree in theoretical physics, my sense of curiosity and spirit of inquiry led me to become a freelance journalist and editorial curator, with an interest in connecting different people, projects, issues, and disciplines.
Another of my passions is videomaking and photography, which I have pursued widely over the years, after studying cinematography with Fernando Solanas in the 1990s. Alongside smaller, personal projects, I have made several promotional videos for businesses and in the field of contemporary art, including Giorgio Griffa, screened at the 2017 Venice Biennale, and La Recherche for the Centre Pompidou in 2020.
At the age of fifty, I now want to focus on my own, more ambitious project of conveying the stories, values, emotions, and thoughts developed over a lifetime of work and relationships with special people—from my pen and personal friendship with the poet Guido Ceronetti to free-diving in the depths with Umberto Pelizzari and as an instructor for his international school Apnea Academy; and from my experience working for Alpine national parks, exploring their ecosystems and environment, to my acquaintance with extraordinary practitioners of mountain sports as editor-in-chief of the Italian magazine ALP.

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Director Statement

Our lives are made up of connections—connections with people, with the environment, with the tools of our trade. Some are so essential, that if we lose them, we lose a part of who we are.