Sardinia is home to a surprising number of sensitive people
Drop by and join us. The screening of the silent film Cenere on 2 April 2014 will be an occasion to experience and to breathe the cultural atmosphere we are trying to convey through the on-line platform beyondthirtynine.com. The film is a rare document of Nobel Prize winner Grazia Deledda’s novel, performed by the Italian theatre star Eleonora Duse—Cenere was the only movie she performed in during her extraordinary artistic career. So it is worthy of passionate attention, it is true. Moreover, you will be able to hear Angelo Paratico’s speech—always deep and interesting—and the new perspectives brought by a Spanish writer, Juan Morales. Juan approached Grazia Deledda with such a commitment that he is now a good scholar of her works, reading them in English, in Spanish and in Italian too. Then I’ll try to give you a short introduction of Sardinian history, strongly linked with Grazia Deledda’s pieces and characters, and finally, after the film, there will be time to ask questions and to discuss, while enjoying Sardinian food and wine.
Juan Morales is now writing some pieces based on Grazia Deledda’s work. We will present them during the event that we are planning for the last week of May. It is not strange that foreign artists fall in love with Sardinia. It is like sorcery that conquers sensitive people, who eventually decide to stay in Sardinia or spend most of their time there. I remember the Spanish painter Antonio Ortis Echague, for example, or the German photographer Marianne Sin-Pfältzer.
Fabrizio De André, the great Italian singer and songwriter, loved Sardinia so much that he bought a farm in Gallura, in the north of the island, and lived there with his family for many years. He had terrible experiences with a criminal band of kidnappers, but he didn’t lose his passion, ever.
In preparation for the event on 2 April, I would like to present to you one of his best performances: the song Disamistade (feud). The entire collection, Anime Salve, 1996, was written by Fabrizio De André together with Ivano Fossati. The song Disamistade deals with a feud between two families in rural Sardinia. The video Disamistade was written and directed by Gianfranco Cabiddu. The cast includes Joaquim de Almeida, Massimo Dapporto and Laura del Sol.
I thank Fabrizio De André (who died in 1999), Ivano Fossati and Gianfranco Cabiddu for the religious charitas they showed toward Sardinia.
Charitas is the only sentiment that Barbagia needs.
And respectful silence.