IL BUCO / 2021 / Italy, France, Germany / 93 min
On the surface, Il Buco chronicles a visit through depth and darkness to discover the unknown. At its root however, it presents us with another dimension of underground escapades: leading to hidden labyrinths, this hole in the ground is a kind of gate to Hades, an entrance to the kingdom of the dead, around which an old, sick shepherd circles every day. Filled with deep, spiritual content and the beauty of nature, Frammartino’s docufiction is a masterful example of meditative, focused slow cinema. No wonder Xan Brooks of „The Guardian” called it the cinematic equivalent of a hermit on a mountaintop.