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Il Buco(Il buco)

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Italy, France, Germany · 2021
1h 33m
Director Michelangelo Frammartino
Starring Claudia Candusso, Paolo Cossi, Mila Costi, Carlos José Crespo
Genre Drama

In 1961, a group of speleologists discover the world’s second deepest cave, the Bifurto Abyss.

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IndieWire by Ben Croll

Like that abyss, the film offers a substantial degree of exploration for those willing to do the work and take the dive.


The Playlist by Charles Bramesco

Frammartino handles the collision between a vanishing then and the encroaching now with a light touch, mournful yet not quite damning.


Variety by Jessica Kiang

A docufiction that tenderly, wordlessly and rather too obliquely recreates a 1961 speleological expedition to measure the depth of an unexplored crevasse in Italy’s Calabria region.


Screen Daily by Lee Marshall

Il Buco proves that cinema still has the capacity to astonish in a very innocent, childlike way as a medium in which light illuminates a black screen and creates beauty.


The Hollywood Reporter by Lovia Gyarkye

One could walk away with deep thoughts about modernity and the relationship between nature and man, but that’s not required. Appreciating the beauty of an intricate process unfolding is more than enough.


The Guardian by Xan Brooks

It’s not quite a documentary, yet nor is it exactly a narrative feature. It lives alone; the cinematic equivalent of a hermit on a mountaintop.

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