The Harriman Institute is pleased to sponsor First Look 20/21, the Museum of the Moving Image’s acclaimed festival of innovative new international cinema. Join us for the U.S. premier of Stories from the Chestnut Woods (2019).
Dir. Gregor Božič. Italy/Slovenia/Germany. 2019, 81 mins. In Slovene and Italian with English subtitles. DCP. With Massimo De Francovich and Ivana Roscic.
Set amid the forests along the Yugoslav-Italian border in the years after World War II, and shot on gloriously vivid Super 16mm and 35mm film, Stories from the Chestnut Woods emerges from all manner of in-betweens. Unfolding as a fable but historically located in Slavia-Veneta during the postwar confusion of redrawn borders and newly emergent nations, the film follows Mario (Massimo De Francovich), a stubborn old carpenter whose self-preoccupations blind him from his wife’s rapid descent into illness. He ruefully begins to turn his attention to Marta (Ivana Roscic), a woman who has been left to tend to her family’s chestnut groves after her husband’s departure. The two try to take stock of the past while contemplating a deeply uncertain future, caught in an environment that suddenly seems as elusive as a dream.
Tickets: $15 / $11 seniors & students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / $7 MoMI members. Order online. After your purchase (limit 4 tickets per order), an electronic ticket will be sent via email to facilitate contactless check-in; seating will be assigned upon arrival on a first-come, first-seated basis. Learn more here.