“The Seed and the Sea” follows Pietro Mariani, a retired teacher of Casole d’Elsa, who decides to go to Morocco to look for his first, lost love.
After recruiting as helpers Ahmed, a moroccan door to door peddler, and Nanni, a barista from Casole d’Elsa who has been in the Foreign Legion, they go on the road…
And their adventure begins…
“The Seed and the Sea” is the great adventure of a small town which tells a story: a no-budget film, completely and strictly non-profit, made by the inhabitants of Casole d’Elsa, a medieval village in Tuscany.
In the great tradition of Italian Neorealism, “The Seed and the Sea” uses ordinary people as protagonists, a whole town who played in this film.
Because the dream was to revive the spirit of the traditional “racconto di veglia” (story – telling), a priceless heritage of peasant culture that led our grandparents to gather around the fire, to share the magic of a story.
And the same magic has now led the whole town to work with perseverance and determination for almost two years, in the collective effort to make this project.
Most of the inhabitants of casole d’Elsa have been involved during this period, not only as actors, but also working on the costumes, the sets and the general organizzation of the shooting, all of course without relying on any kind of budget.
Because the spirit of “story-telling” is this pure narration, free from any economic interest.
Among the best experience of this project is the support that our film received from two very important italian Institutions . The Police and the Carabinieri, who collaborated on this project, by providing men and vehicles for filming.
THE SEED AND THE SEA DETAILS AND CREDITS
GENRE : Comedy
COUNTRY : Italy
LANGUAGE : Italian with english subtitles
RUNNING TIME : 100 minutes
BUDGET : zero budget
PRODUCED BY :
ENNEBIFILM – No Budget Film; AMARCASOLE; PRO LOCO CASOLE D’ELSA
DIRECTED BY : Riccardo Casamonti
WRITTEN BY : Riccardo Casamonti
STARRING: Paolo Maggini, J.A. Smith Lo Cascio, Riccardo Casamonti, Maria Luisa Beilowa, Abderrazak Kamal, Salvatore Firicano
SPECIAL GUEST STARS : Claudio Bisio, Emanuele Trifone
CINEMATOGRAPHY : Paolo Lazzerini
FILM EDITING BY : Paolo Lazzerini
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY : Les Arnò
SET DECORATION BY : Maria Luisa Beilowa
CASTING BY: Giorgio Stoppo