|Interviewing Salvo Cuccia in Rochester, New York 2014|
Born in Palermo in 1960, Sicilian director, Salvo Cuccia has emerged as a documentary filmmaker who tells the stories of unique individuals making their mark on the world. Vincenzo Tusa, Vittorio De Seta and Frank Zappa are three men from different walks of life. They each have two things in common.. a passion for their cause and Salvo Cuccia who told their story.
Cuccia’s films are visually stunning, honest portraits, which present fascinating stories of people driven by their unbreakable passion. They offer introspections of people and their relationships to the environment and culture. The films, so articulately shot with subjects wildly passionate in their beliefs, transport the viewer directly to the location in which they were made. The music, mostly produced by local musicians intensifies the experience.
Among these documentaries is Oltre Selinunte, the story of Vincenzo Tusa, a leader in preserving the cultural heritage of western Sicily. His mission was to save the archaeological site of ancient Selinunte, a Greek city of the 7th Century B.C., from turning into commercial property. Through a series of recounts, archival footage and breathtaking video shot by Cuccia's production team, we learn how Tusa achieved his goal and kept the area a protected archaeological site for future generations to visit and appreciate.
Détour De Seta is Cuccia's homage to the great Italian documentary filmmaker, Vittorio De Seta. The film has earned its share of praise from audiences around the globe. Also born in Palermo, De Seta was a huge influence on Cuccia, who appreciated De Seta's "great depth of vision that is evident in his way of telling a story." Cuccia was always impressed by the eternal message in De Seta's images and how he used those beautiful, telling images to reveal the stories of workers in the south and how the poor struggled to get through each day. Cuccia considers De Seta, "a great teacher." Referred to in Italy as the "grandfather of documentary film," De Seta is known for his early documentaries, which focus on the daily life of Italy's poorest workers. They are strong images of real life situations which tell a story without narration. One of his most famous is "Un Giorno in Barbagia," a short film which follows the residents of Orgosolo, Sardinia from dawn to dusk, and we see firsthand how the women assumed many of the responsibilities when the men were away at work. Détour De Seta took top honors at the 2005 Genova Film Festival for Best Documentary Film and it was also presented by Martin Scorsese at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.
|On the set of 1982 L'Estate di Frank|
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