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The making of QUIETA NON MOVERE

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At BIAFF 2012 Vito Labalestra won  a Diamond Award, Best Editing with Quieta Non Movere.

Every year, for the past 15 years, I have returned to this small village called Arba, located in the countryside of Northern Italy.

Bike close-up. In Arba, I find tranquillity, nature, sun and peace year after year. Every year, the old bicycle that belonged to my wife's grandfather, is waiting for me.

This village is the source of inspiration for a lot of my work.

So After so many years, I decided to make a film in homage to this little village that has given me and continues to give me so much.

I wanted to narrate and to illustrate one day in the life of this little village through my eyes, my heart and my emotions.

I wanted to narrate and to illustrate one day in the life of this little village through my eyes, my heart and my emotions.

There was no script to begin with. I wanted to allow plenty of room for improvisation, spontaneity and patience to build my story.

While shooting, fragments of the editing, emerged in my mind. Other ideas, like my own presence in the film on the bicycle or using a Gopro HD for subjective views became clearer during the shooting.

For this film, I chose my favourite lens (50 mm) and to open up to f 1.2 throughout the shooting, with an ND filter to filter the light. This allowed me to minimize the depth of field and direct the viewer's eyes to the subjects.

Chicks.
For me, editing is a primordial moment that's my favorite time. The story is created here, quickly and spontaneously like a sketch. But before I start editing the film, I take time to choose the music. For this film it has to be slight, positive and playful.

The images speak for themselves, no need for comment. Sometimes I let the natural sounds emerge, just enough, in order not to disorient the viewer and to give an idyllic atmosphere ...

I wanted a quiet, simple, poetic, and nostalgic movie, thus the choice of black and white. As well as allowing depth of field, black and white does not distract the viewer. For various images, I decided to isolate colored elements (tulip, the letter boxes, road sign).

Postbox.
Toby the dog. The idea of the title "quieta non movere" (from Latin, meaning do not disturb quiet things) came to me while editing when I saw the presence of the dog Toby, along the street. For years, Toby has sat in the same place.

At the same time, I realized that since coming to Arba, I also keep the same habits and nothing had changed in the village in all that time ... and I said to myself that this is how it should be!

Vito Labalestra, April 2012


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