04.07 Palermo, Pre festival and Premio Internazionale Carlo Scarpa per il Giardino

Sole Luna pre festival | Premio Internazionale Carlo Scarpa per il Giardino incontro e proiezione / meeting and screening in collaborazione con / in cooperation with Università degli Studi di Palermo, Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche intervengono / with Marco Tamaro, direttore della Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche; Giuseppe Barbera, Università di Palermo, membro del Comitato scientifico della Fondazione; Davide Gambino, regista; Gabriele Gismondi, filmmaker The International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens is one of the main research activities of the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche in the field of landscape. It is a campaign of studies and care for a site which is particularly rich in natural, historical and creative values. The main purpose is to enhance and propagate the culture of “stewardship of the landscape” and “care of places”. Each year the Scientific Committee selects a place to "reward", placing it at the centre of activities aimed at its knowledge, preservation and enhancement: a collective volume; an exhibition; a collection of publications, maps and images; a communication campaign; seminars and conferences; a public ceremony, with the delivery of a symbolic recognition to the person who represents the place. Since 2014, a documentary has also been produced, that tells the place through cinematographic narration. For the places designated in 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019, the direction of the film has been entrusted to Davide Gambino.
Maredolce-La Favara, Palermo Documentary film produced by the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche dedicated to the place designated by the International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens2019.       Documentary film 16:9 HD / col. / stereo sound 2015, 34’ Directed by Davide Gambino Documentary film produced by Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche as part of the 2015 International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens, coordinated by Patrizia Boschiero, head of the publications department of the Foundation, and Luigi Latini, chair of the Foundation’s Scientific Committee, with the collaboration of Giuseppe Barbera, University of Palermo, Foundation’s Scientific Committee. Screenplay, direction and editing: Davide Gambino Cinematographer: Bruno Bonafede Music: Pietro Palazzo Sound: Francesco De Marco Production coordinator: Patrizia Boschiero for Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche Scientific consultants: Giuseppe Barbera / Luigi Latini for Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche
Diary from a study trip to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan produced by the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche, dedicated to the study trip on the occasion of the International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens 2016 awarded to The Wild Apple Forests of the Tien Shan.     Trip Diary 16:9 HD / col. / stereo sound 2016, 34’ Directed by Davide Gambino. Camerawork and voice-over: Davide Gambino. Original music by Pino Petraccia e Stefano Taglietti. A journey through the geographical, historical and cultural area of the Silk Road running through the heart of Central Asia, among the forests of wild apple trees that populate the ridges of the Tien Shan mountain range on the border between Kazakhstan, China and Kyrgyzstan and the Uzbek valleys leading to Samarkand. Filmed in the regions of Almaty, Tashkent and Samarkand, in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, in the midst of apples, animals and remote places, this video-diary is divided into six chapters corresponding to the main stages of the study trip taken by the Foundation’s Scientific Committee through “Places and landscapes in the regions of Almaty and Tashkent”, between 30th August and 7th September 2015. In addition to these places, the story features members of the scientific committee of the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche who, coordinated by Patrizia Boschiero and Luigi Latini, are engaged in observing and analysing of the various contexts visited to identify the place to be designated for the study campaign of the International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens 2016. The study trip offered the opportunity to carry out scientific research in the field and participate in meetings and discoveries that may provide further occasions for new research and unpublished in-depth studies, contained in the monographic volume dedicated to the prize-winning place, The wild apple forests of the Tien Shan. The International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens 2016, XXVII edition, edited by Giuseppe Barbera, Patrizia Boschiero, Luigi Latini, with Catherine Peix, Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche-Antiga, Treviso 2016 (172 pages, 185 illustrations in colour and 79 black and white, ISBN 978-88-97784-95-1, English edition ISBN 978-88-99657-06-2). Documentary film produced by Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche as part of the 2016 International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens, coordinated by Patrizia Boschiero, head of the publications department of the Foundation, and Luigi Latini, chair of the Foundation’s Scientific Committee, with the collaboration of Giuseppe Barbera, University of Palermo, Foundation’s Scientific Committee.
Céide Fields Documentary filmproduced by the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche dedicated to the place designated by the International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens 2018. Directed by Davide Gambinoin collaboration with Gabriele Gismondi.       Documentary film 16:9 HD / col. / stereophonic sound 2018, 48’ Céide Fields is a place evoking the origins of cultivated landscapes and a distant past long hidden from our gaze. The film uses a slow narrative allowing us to observe the apparent invisibility concealing the complex encounter between the overlapping realms of archaeology, agriculture and stock-rearing; of educational practices and of necessary tourist development; and of pressing environmental, climatic and energy concerns. On the fringes of Europe, on a site by the edge of towering cliffs in north-west Ireland, surrounded by bog land and sheep, we encounter the custodians of this landscape who are finding out more about Neolithic communities and promoting a continuous transgenerational exchange that brings together memory and rural life, past and future. Through their faces, stories and adventures, the Céide Fields emerge from the marshes and from the millenary layers of peat, and are revealed in all their marvellous complexity and beauty. Documentary film produced by Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche as part of the 2018 International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens, coordinated by Patrizia Boschiero, head of the publications department of the Foundation, and Luigi Latini, chair of the Foundation’s Scientific Committee. With Gretta Byrne (Office of Public Works-OPW), Seamas Caulfield, Martin Downes; and with Susan Callaghan, Declan Caulfield, Fionnan Caulfield, Una Forde, Martin Heffernan, Frank Shalvey (OPW). Documentary study and treatment: Davide Gambino. Photography, editing, color grading and sound design: Gabriele Gismondi. Camerawork: Gabriele Gismondi and Davide Gambino. Original music: Pino Petraccia (Crisalide and Metamorfosi); arrangements of traditional Irish folk songs: Marco Felicioni (Drowsy Maggie, Scarboro Fair and She Moved Through the Fair) and Peppe Nardone (Adoration and Danny Boy). Performed by Lucia Antonacci: Irish harp; Marco Felicioni: flutes; Peppe Nardone: acoustic guitars; Pino Petraccia: ethnic percussion and kamalengoni. Additional music: Gabriele Gismondi (Juno and February) and Chris Haugen (Tumbleweed Texas). Reading of Seamus Heaney’s poem Belderg: Seamas Caulfield. Translations for subtitles: Daniela Gatto, revised by Patrizia Boschiero and Luigi Latini. Aerial shots: Aerial Stock Ireland. Drone pilot: David Perry. Executive production: Ruggero Di Maggio and Davide Gambino for Mon Amour Films srl. Support in Ireland: Marcus Stewart, Earth Horizon ltd. Production coordination: Patrizia Boschiero, Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche.
The Tea Gardens of Dazhangshan Documentary film produced by the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche dedicated to the place designated by the International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens2019.       Documentary film 16:9 HD / col. / stereo sound 2019, 30’ Directed by Davide Gambinoin collaboration with Gabriele Gismondi. Nestling at the foot of Mount Dazhangshan, overlooked by the misty peaks of Wuyuan, are the Dazhangshan tea cultivations in the heart of China’s “golden triangle of tea”. Here tea plants and a farmers’ association have come together to shape a contemporary landscape that is capable of conveying a sense of ancient history. In a China that has resolved age-old problems like flooding, famine, and disease, the endeavour of the Dazhangshan farmers stands out as extraordinarily emblematic, projecting into the future the value of a rural environment in which humans can develop a harmonious relationship with nature. But challenges continue to emerge and China’s future sustainability remains uncertain. After thirty years of relentless economic growth, of openness to international markets, technological progress and large-scale infrastructural projects, rapid industrialization has also generated the greatest rural exodus ever experienced by humankind. As we wait for the Anthropocene to be recognized as a geological epoch distinct from the Holocene epoch in the geological timescale of our planet, it is clear that China’s vast surface area and demographic impact make it one of the key players in bringing about this new era, with its overwhelming responsibilities, risks, and challenges; ultimately, China is both a culprit and victim as well as our greatest source of hope. Documentary film produced by Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche as part of the 2019 International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens, coordinated by Patrizia Boschiero, head of the publications department of the Foundation, and Luigi Latini, chair of the Foundation’s Scientific Committee, with the collaboration of Maurizio Paolillo, professor of Chinese language and literature, University of Salento. With: Hong Peng, chairman of the Jiangxi Wuyuan Dazhangshan Organic Tea Farmer Association and of the Jiangxi Wuyuan Dazhangshan Organic Food Company, Ltd.; He Xinneng, Kaoshui farm manager; He Shengyang, Kaoshui farm worker; Zhang Ping, Lijushan farm manager; Zhu Shihua, Xiaolin farm manager; Zhao Wenyin, Xiaolin farmers’ delegate; Chen Xing, professor and director of the Professional Tea Institute, Wuyuan; Cheng Yong Rui, teacher and director of the Tuochuan School, Wuyuan County. And also with: Han Feng, director of the Landscape Department, Architecture and Planning Faculty, Tongji University, Shanghai; Xi Wang, PhD student, Landscape Department, Architecture and Planning Faculty, Tongji University, Shanghai; Xiao Kunbing, anthropologist, Southwest Minzu University, Chengdu, Sichuan; Yu Yue, expert in tea culture, Jiangxi Academy of Social Sciences. Script: Davide Gambino. Camerawork: Gabriele Gismondi and Davide Gambino. Photography, editing, color grading and sound design: Gabriele Gismondi. Original music by Pino Petraccia with Marco Felicioni and Peppe Nardone. Performed by: Marco Felicioni, flutes; Peppe Nardone, guitars; Pino Petraccia, ethnic percussion and kamale ngoni. Translations: Antonio Leggieri, Maurizio Paolillo, Oona Smyth, Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche. Aerial shots: Cheng Linkui and Cheng Mingyuan, Jiangxi Wuyuan Dazhangshan Organic Tea Farmer Association. Drone pilot: Cheng Mingyuan, Jiangxi Wuyuan Dazhangshan Organic Tea Farmer Association. Executive production: Ruggero Di Maggio and Davide Gambino, Mon Amour Films srl. Production coordination: Patrizia Boschiero, Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche. Support in China: Jiangxi Wuyuan Dazhangshan Organic Tea Farmer Association especially Hong Peng (DOTFA chairman); You Shuhai (DOTFA secretary-general); Cheng Linkui (DOTFA office staff); Zhou Yan (DOTFA coordinator); World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region, Shanghai, especially Anna-Paola Pola (WHITRAP urban planning director and research fellow), and Simone Ricca (WHITRAP deputy director).
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