The large esplanade in front of the port is composed of several other places that are each in their own way symbolic: the city hall, the castle built by the Angioini family in the XIIIth century, the construction site of the future metro which has revealed a port, and ship hulls dating back to the first century BC, the municipal theatre, the flower market. In these landmarks that recall the city’s history, people crossing the square tell their life-stories, in which the past is often too present, or sometimes repressed or forgotten.
In filming this emblematic square, Bruno Olivieri reveals the various strata of past and present, like an archaeological dig. With this film he goes far beyond a simple place-name, presenting a portrait of the whole of Italian society, with its momentum and its riches, but also its harshness and its miseries.
Festivals and Awards:
* 2008: Award "Best Documentary at the Turin Festival, Italy
* 2008: Selected ath the Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland.