O termómetro de Galileu (Galileo's Thermometer), 2018, Teresa Villaverde © Viennale

O termómetro de Galileu (Galileo's Thermometer) (2018)

Regie: Teresa Villaverde; Darsteller: Tonino De Bernardi, Mariella Navale. 105 min
 
Teresa Villaverde besucht den italienischen Avantgarde-Autorenfilmer Tonino De Bernardi und dessen Frau Mariella Navale in deren Landhaus nahe des piemontesischen Chivasso. Sie verbringt dort den Sommer und schaut dem alten Paar beim Leben zu. Kein filmemacherischer Workshop wird hier geboten; stattdessen setzt sich aus den mit zerstreutem Gestus eingefangenen Szenen, aus Gesichtern und Stimmen und Bewegungen mit der Zeit ein Porträt zusammen: jenes liebevollen Aneinandergewöhntseins und jener intimen Vertrautheit, die erst ein gemeinsam verbrachtes Leben entstehen lässt. Und geteilte Erinnerungen. (A. S.)


O termómetro de Galileu was filmed during Teresa Villaverde's summer stay at the country house of Italian filmmaker Tonino de Bernardi and his wife, Mariella Navale. It bears witness to a long friendship that started before Villaverde directed her first feature, A Idade Maior (1991). Neither a conventional biography nor an ode to the artist's mastery, this documentary is a portrait of daily life and humble endeavours, interspersed with memories and opened to encounters – with family, friends and villagers, but also with poems, music, films, landscapes. A meditation on time that mixes intergenerational testimonies while offering a moving depiction of the rhythms and expressions particular to each age. An essay that tackles the question of legacy. The film attests to the effort to give utopia a concrete sense: the creation of working/living structures that are both domestic and collective; the building of a space where it's possible to be both with oneself and with the world. It's not surprising that Villaverde, whose fiction films are often haunted by the crisis of the traditional family, has found here a luminous model, making this everyday practice a form of struggle and resistance. (Cristina Álvarez López) 

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