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Wednesday 29 April


la regina di casetta

By Festival dei Popoli.

The first documentary, La Regina di Casetta by Francesco Fei, can be viewed for free on CG Digital.it starting on Wednesday 29 April.


The code to watch the documentary for free will be announced every Wednesday at 12 pm on the Facebook event.

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Every Wednesday for six weeks (starting on 29 April) these documentaries will be available for viewing free of charge on the CG Digital.it platform for two days. 6 journeys outside the neighborhood, 6 stories of resilience, innovation, tenacity and courage, stories of personal struggle which acquire universal significance put forth for the common good.

Per sei settimane Festival dei Popoli, in collaborazione con CG Entertainment, propone all’interno di Living Room – il salotto digitale di Manifattura Tabacchi – sei documentari tratti dal suo archivio.

I film saranno messi a disposizione gratuitamente – per due giorni – dalla piattaforma CG Digital.it.

Sei viaggi fuori dai paraggi, sei incontri con storie di resistenza, innovazione, tenacia e coraggio, di piccole grandi battaglie che dimostrano come le storie personali possano diventare un bene comune ed acquisire un potere universale.

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Wednesday 29 April

La Regina di Casetta, by Francesco Fei

By Festival dei Popoli.


‘Space’ is a thought, ‘places’ are lived in. Space may be crossed, a place is where one lingers. Space is a calculation, whereas a place is a surprise. Space is abstract, a place is concrete. When someone arrives I might choose to give him space or take it away, in order to create a meeting place, one of exchange. Every place is a social space, even if only eleven people live there in the company of one girl, Gregoria, who is soon to become a young lady and leave her tiny hometown. Casetta is still her reign, a village where one still feels, as wrote poet Dino Campana, who in that very town lived a torrid summer of passion with the poetess Sibilla Aleramo:

‘Water, wind
Wholesome essential things
Human toil on the element
Liquid – nature brings
Layers upon layers of rocks – wind
Teases in the valley – and the shadow of the wind
Clouds – distant warnings
Of the river in the valley
And ruins of ramparts – landslides
The victory of the element – wind
Teases in the valley.

On the longest valley that ascends with a staircase
The small stone hut on scrawny green
The white image of the element.
The telluric melody of Falterona.
The telluric waves.’

The film La regina di Casetta won the audience award at the 59th edition of the Festival dei Popoli. It was shot by Francesco Fei in Casetta di Tiara (Municipality of Palazzuolo sul Senio) and has only two protagonists: Casetta made of places where it manifests ‘the health of essential things’ and its queen, Gregoria, with her serene vitality that will allow her to leave her hometown. The passing of the seasons with their repetitive rituals are in contrast with widening horizons that life has in store.




In the small town of Casetta di Tiara, situated on the Tosco-Emiliano Appenine mountain range, live almost a dozen older people and one one young girl who was born there, named Gregoria. The film is about Gregoria’s last year in this village before she moves away to attend high school. Gregoria, her parents, and fellow villagers are shown as they gather chestnuts, hunt wild boars, play with lizards and frogs, and live through snowy winters. In this magical location set in the mountains, the passage of seasons and the rituals of its inhabitants are presented in a sophisticated narrative structure that reveals the changes occurring within in the protagonist and the disenchantment in the eyes of her fellow townsfolk. Gregoria hardly has the time to realize, before climbing on a motorbike to pursue the rest of her life, that her town is a magical place —as she herself comes to define it— where whoever has grown up there retains a part of his child-like innocence. Casetta is a place dear to the poet Dino Campana, whose poetry from the Canti Orfici is evoked in the movie. It is a micro-universe, Gregoria its center star. Director Francesco Fei is a discrete observer: he listens, exposing details about landscape-like characters and about the domains of the soul. (p.m.)

The director Francesco Fei

Francesco Fei

Francesco Fei was born in Florence and lives in Milano. After graduating with a degree in History of Cinema, he started working in the field of music video production, creating many music video clips for some of the most important musicians in Italy. At the same time, he also collaborated with MTV on the direction of the True Life social documentary series. In 2005, he created his first full-length film, entitled Onde. Onde was selected by many international film festivals and received acclamation from critics as one of the most notable Italian films produced in recent years. In 2008, Fei conceived the film project Temporality Residentity in collaboration with the musician Steve Piccolo. This work was presented at the 65th Festival del Cinema di Venezia and at the 11th Biennale d’Architettura. Fei is also the author of the project Milano Up Date, with which he has participated in the Milano Design Film Festival, the Festa del Cinema di Roma, the Milano Film Festival, exhibitions at the Fondazione Corrente di Milano and the “Glitch, Interferenze tra arte e cinema” exhibition at Milano’s PAC (2014) and “Glitch at Ocat” in Shanghai (2015). Fei also created the documentary on Velasco Vitali for the channel Sky Arte. In 2014, he was the writer of the documentary entitled Equilibrium? for the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, in which he interviewed Eleonora Abbagnato, Reinhold Messner, Philippe Petit and others. The video Giuseppe Penone, Prospettiva Vegetale was selected at the 33rd International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA), Montreal, 2015. Fei has also created advertisements for clients such as Sky, H3g, Wind, Bulgari, Eberhard and others. In 2016 Fei was writer, producer, and director of the docufilm with Filippo Timi Segantini ritorno alla natura, with which he participated in the Biografilm Festival, winning the Audience Prize. He is professor at the ’Accademia di Belle Arti di Bergamo and at the IED di Milano.