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IDFA - The Hissing of Summer Sands & For One More Hour with You

“In all this time, no one has ever talked to you about me. About who I was, how I lived and how I went away. I want to tell you my story, now that it’s been so long since I died.”

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The voice belongs to Alina Marazzi, but the words she speaks are those of her mother Luisa Marazzi Hoepli, who committed suicide when the director was seven years old.

Thirty years later, Marazzi reconstructs the hidden story of the great absence in her life, filling in the details of her hazy memories with excerpts from her mother”s diary, and the home videos shot by her grandfather between 1926 and 1972. The footage shows an attractive young woman growing up in a prosperous publishing family in Milan, and later finding apparent happiness as a wife and mother of two children.

Her words testify to her great intelligence, but our knowledge of what is to come lends them a dark undertone. Nonetheless, Marazzi”s tribute to the woman whose very absence shaped her life is a hopeful one.

The Hissing of Summer Sands

During this screening, For One More Hour with You will be preceded by the short film The Hissing of Summer Sands (Catarina Mourao, 2019).

In the days of the Salazar dictatorship in Portugal, folk tales circulated about the semi-mythical figure of a smartly dressed man on a beach who would blow on a whistle to gather children around him, like the Pied Piper of Hamelin. There were many different versions of the man”s background: was he a pedophile, perhaps, or the inconsolable father of a drowned girl? Others thought him to be a summer version of Santa Claus, or a vagabond who for some unspecified reason was supported and protected by members of the elite.

Catarina Mourão had long forgotten about the childhood story of the “whistle man,” but then she came across a collection of amateur films in which he features in various guises. She reconstructs the story of the bogeyman using silent film-style text frames, the sound of crashing waves and carefree children at play, and music that alternates between melancholy and ominous. In the process, she evokes a period in Portuguese history that is enveloped in collective silence and the fog of myth.

On the 23rd of November with Doc Talk.

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