The ‘cinema of the real’ (cinema del reale) is dedicated to the most investigative, inventive and fearless form of cinema that can be watched in Italy. This is how the Cinema del Reale festival, held each year in Salento, Italy and that this year has reached its XIV edition defines this specific form of documentary. But before being a definition and a genre, ‘cinema of the real’ is a mirror to the fast changing society in which we live, receiving an increasing recognition from the industry.
After Focoammare and Liberami, this year, a third documentary of the real titled Happy Winter was presented at the Venice Film Festival (fuori concorso). Happy Winter by Giovanni Totaro tells the story of Mondello beach that comes to life during summer thanks to the inhabitants of Palermo owning the typical ‘cabine’ – a sort of small wooden dressing cabin –. A temporary community held together by the sun and the pride to own a cabin at Mondello, that is being set up as fast as it disappears, once summer is gone. What aspect of the reality of this community is Totaro able to surprise through his camera lens? Is it the spectacular nature of reality, its characters, the touch of an apparently careless summer breeze? Either way this screened reality assumes a mysteriously attractive effect on an audience that seems to be carried more and more away on the waves of a modern but alienated reality.
Further details on this thought-provoking documentary can be found at: http://www.labiennale.org/it/cinema/2017/programma-cinema-2017-accreditati/giovanni-totaro-happy-winter-0