The screenplay was co-written by his daughter Federica Cuccia and Marco Alessi.
Inspired by true events, “Lo Scambio” takes place in Palermo in 1995. A couple begins an unusual day. She is forty years old and tormented by thoughts of the children she never had; he is a police commissioner dedicated to his job. He has a driver who takes him everywhere, even to interrogate a boy who knew the two victims of a murder. Faces, bodies and situations alternate between the world of the woman, that of a child who has been kidnapped by the mafia and that of the boy under interrogation. Then everything evolves and the situation precipitates, revealing the outlines of a story that will affect them all. In a festival statement, Cuccia said, “I wanted to make a movie about a crime that really happened, but that was more than just the account of a news report of the time. I was interested in exploring the nature of the characters and the situations, in order to bring out a drama that stood on its own feet, above and beyond the actual facts, since the starting elements were very strong and the cause and effect relationships were evident. I also wanted to go in the direction of a dark story, in which the appearances reveal cracks that becoming increasingly evident in a game of disclosures.”“I wanted to make a movie about a crime that really happened, but that was more than just the account of a news report of the time. I was interested in exploring the nature of the characters and the situations, in order to bring out a drama that stood on its own feet, above and beyond the actual facts, since the starting elements were very strong and the cause and effect relationships were evident. I also wanted to go in the direction of a dark story, in which the appearances reveal cracks that becoming increasingly evident in a game of disclosures.”
|Interviewing Salvo Cuccia in Rochester, New York 2014|
Born in Palermo in 1960, Sicilian director, Salvo Cuccia has emerged as a documentary filmmaker who tells the stories of unique individuals making their mark on the world. Vincenzo Tusa, Vittorio De Seta and Frank Zappa are three men from different walks of life. They each have two things in common.. a passion for their cause and Salvo Cuccia who told their story.
Cuccia’s films are visually stunning, honest portraits, which present fascinating stories of people driven by their unbreakable passion. They offer introspections of people and their relationships to the environment and culture. The films, so articulately shot with subjects wildly passionate in their beliefs, transport the viewer directly to the location in which they were made. The music, mostly produced by local musicians intensifies the experience.
Among these documentaries is "Oltre Selinunte," the story of Vincenzo Tusa, a leader in preserving the cultural heritage of western Sicily. His mission was to save the archaeological site of ancient Selinunte, a Greek city of the 7th Century B.C., from turning into commercial property. Through a series of recounts, archival footage and breathtaking video shot by Cuccia's production team, we learn how Tusa achieved his goal and kept the area a protected archaeological site for future generations to visit and appreciate.
"Détour De Seta" is Cuccia's homage to the great Italian documentary filmmaker, Vittorio De Seta. The film has earned its share of praise from audiences around the globe. Also born in Palermo, De Seta was a huge influence on Cuccia, who appreciated De Seta's "great depth of vision that is evident in his way of telling a story." Cuccia was always impressed by the eternal message in De Seta's images and how he used those beautiful, telling images to reveal the stories of workers in the south and how the poor struggled to get through each day. Cuccia considers De Seta, "a great teacher." Referred to in Italy as the "grandfather of documentary film," De Seta is known for his early documentaries, which focus on the daily life of Italy's poorest workers. They are strong images of real life situations which tell a story without narration. One of his most famous is "Un Giorno in Barbagia," a short film which follows the residents of Orgosolo, Sardinia from dawn to dusk, and we see firsthand how the women assumed many of the responsibilities when the men were away at work. "Détour De Seta" took top honors at the 2005 Genova Film Festival for "Best Documentary Film" and it was also presented by Martin Scorsese at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.
|On the set of "1982 L'Estate di Frank"|
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If you’re attending the Torino Film Festival, “Lo Scambio” will be shown 23-25 November. Click here to see the program and to buy tickets.