The Filmmaker is an Athlete. Conversations with Vittorio De Seta.

  • France
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This portrait of a film director unlike any other attempts to capture the essence of Vittorio de Seta’s rapport with the humble people he filmed and elegantly brought to Cinema Scope’s big screen in color from the 1950s onwards. From his home in Calabria, the film director looks back over his epic films. Starting with the sound on his earliest short documentaries, this craftsman of the screen and pioneer of sound tells us how he went on small fishing boats catching swordfish, to the depths of sulfur mines and to the top of Mount Stromboli to film and record. Then, evoking his feature-length films such as “Diary of a Schoolteacher”, “Half a Man” and “Bandits of Orgosolo”, Vittorio de Seta explains how filming other people also involves a certain amount of soul searching.



  • Original title
    Le cineaste est un athlete. Conversations avec Vittorio de Seta.
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Vincent Sorrel, Barbara Vey
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Vincent Sorrel
  • Editing
    Agnès Bruckert
  • Sound
    François Waledisch
  • Duration
    80 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • France
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Etats Généraux du flm documentaire, Lussas (France), 08/2010, sélection
    • Festival Traces de Vies, Clermont-Ferrand (France), 11/2010, Mention spéciale du
    • Les Ecrans documentaires, Arcueil (France), 11/2010, programme “Cinémas en
    • Doc en courts, Lyon (France), 11/2010, scéance spéciale.
    • Semaine Asymétrique, Marseille (France), 11/2010.
    • “Incertains regards”.
    • Jury
    • miroir, exercice d'admiration »
    • Al Jazeera documentary festival, Doha (Qatar), 04/2011
    • 13th International Documentary Encounters of Colombia, Bogota (Colombia), 11/2011


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