Historic Italian sculptor Giacomo Manzù used to say that the sculpture is a hand gesture, a gesture of love. This documentary film follows the process of creating one of Velasco Vitali’s famous dog sculptures, from wax to glazed bronze, at Fonderia Artistica Battaglia (Battaglia Artistic Foundry), in Milan. The film observes the work of a group of skilled artisans in this 100-year old foundry and reveals the ancient traditions of bronze sculpture making, unchanged since the Sixth century B.C. Over the centuries, many technological innovations have come about in art. Yet, even today, in order to create a sculpture in bronze, it is necessary to take the same steps taken in the Sixth century BC for the Riace bronzes. These steps are not taught in school but are passed on in the ancient oral tradition and through apprenticeships from artisans.
Berlinale 2015: Forum - Premio Fipresci, BFI London Film Festival 2015: Love, Cork Film Festival 2015: Documentary, Dok.Fest 2015: DOK.forum, Festival Cinematográfico Internacional del, Uruguay 2015: Competencia de nuevos realizadores, Sarajevo Film Festival 2015: Operation Kino
Viennale 2015: Documentaries, Docville 2015, Valletta Film Festival 2015: Concorso Documentari, T-Mobile New Horizons IFF 2015: Films on Art International Competition, Euganea Film Festival 2015: Concorso Documentari, Bellaria Film Festival 2015: Casa Rossa Art Doc, Festival Internazionale Cinema di Frontiera Marzamemi 2015: Lampi sul Mediterraneo, Mantova Film festival 2015: Documenti & documentari, Sciacca Film Festival 2015: Documentari in concorso, Loft Film Festival 2015: Competition, Cineteca Nacional de Mexico 2015: Talento Emergente, RIDM International Documentary Festival of Montréal 2015: Competition Artifice, Minsk International, Film Festival Listapad: Out Of Competition / Art, International Documentary Film Festival Cinema Off 2015: Competition, Cinecity Brighton Film Festival 2015: Art Documentaries, ArtFilmFestival Asolo 2015 - Menzione d'Onore per il Miglior Film sull'Arte