A CUSTOM OF THE SEA – UN USAGE DE LA MER
Fabrizio Polpettini | France 2021 | 52 Min. | OmeU
In presence of Fabrizio Polpettini
Starting from Porto Maurizio on the Ligurian coast, three friends explore the fabled history of the Mediterranean Sea that connects Christian and Islamic countries and has been and still is the scene of conflicts. A television series produced by Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi, adventure films in black and white, and excerpts from the history of film inform these reflections.
A CUSTOM OF THE SEA combines archival footage with new analog footage to create a narrative about the Mediterranean composed of chance encounters and anecdotes, and poses pressing questions about Eurocentrism, colonial history, and religiously motivated conflicts.
Director: Fabrizio Polpettini
Camera: Valentina Provini
Editing: Marylou Vergès
Sound: Federica Paccotti
Production: Fabrizio Polpettini, La Bête (France)
Dok Leipzig (October 2021) International Competition
Torino Film Festival (November 2021) Italiana.doc
Fidocs Santiago de Chile (December 2021) International Competition
Fabrizio Polpettini studied visual arts and environmental sciences in Milan, film production in Paris and documentary filmmaking in Corsica. In 2009 he created Filmcaravan, an open-air film festival, and in 2014 he founded La Bête, a creative documentary production bureau.
2016 – THE ANCIENT CHILD – 16 min
2011 – RABBIT HOLE – 12 min
2010 – THE HOUSES THERE WEAR VERANDAHS OUT OF SHYNESS – 14 min