CAST: Paolo Cognetti, Nicola Magrin | STORY: Paolo Cognetti, Dario Acocella, Francesco Favale | CINEMATOGRAPHY: Stefano Tramacere | EDITING: Mario Marrone | MUSIC: Fabrizio Bondi | SOUND: Alessandro Piccot | PRODUCTION: Leonardo Barrile, Jacopo Fantastichini, Francesco Favale per Samarcanda Film, con Ricardo Chiattelli per EFFETV-Feltrinelli Real Cinema e con Rai Cinema | DISTRIBUTION: Nexo Digital
Documentary – Italy – 2020
The Italian writer Paolo Cognetti, accompanied by his friend Nicola Magrin, traveler and illustrator, guides the spectators on his journey between man and nature, retracing the words and crossing the places of some of the great masters of American literature, in search of a new existential frontier for man and his coexistence with the environment. Through the images shot during the journey and the fragments of dialogue between the two friends, the personal journey that Cognetti makes backwards, to discover his roots as a writer and as a man, also emerges. Because the places on the road recall the great masters who had a much wider value in his life than a purely literary one. An original path with a powerful visual impact, in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver, H.D. Thoreau, Jack London, Herman Melville and Chris McCandless of Into the Wild, a literary and exciting journey from the Alps to Alaska.
The documentary tells of a journey. A particular journey, which contains other journeys. There is the journey of Paolo the writer and Nicola the painter, who take a plane to Milan, land in Vancouver and from there, with a rented camper, head north to Alaska. This is a journey that we will tell through the images shot during the journey and the fragments of dialogue between the two friends that we managed to capture. There is the journey that Paul makes backwards, to discover his roots as a writer and as a man.
Because the places on the street inevitably call to his memory his great masters, who had a much wider value in his life than the purely literary one. The burial of Raymond Carver. Jack London’s Klondike. Ernest Hemingway’s Trout Lakes. The wild nature of Thoreau. All authors who have made travel a real art, and Paolo is still reaping the fruit of their travels, almost recomposing their meaning, letting himself be helped by the parable of Chris McCandless, a figure that has always inspired him in his personal path of growth. . These masters, of writing and thought, will reveal themselves in the documentary through their original texts, more pertinent to the various situations, read in voice over by an actor capable of interpreting them in the best possible way, restoring the strength of the content.
There is the journey into Paolo’s soul, a journey that sometimes winds in deep spirals around the knots of his existence, because his is a restless soul, which experiences gusts of contagious enthusiasm but suddenly darkens, invades from the uncertainty of a choice and from the emptiness of the world that revolves around it. The writer’s outbursts and falls, in our documentary, will be told by his travel diary, read by his own voice.