Lucania is the historical name of a beautiful mountainous region of southern Italy, a magical and inaccessible land where time appears to have stood still. It is here that Rocco (Giovanni Capalbo), an embattled farmer, lives with his young daughter, Lucia (Angela Fontana), who has been mute since the death of her mother. When Rocco is menaced by local heavies who want to pollute his fields, Lucia uses her gift of second sight to come to his aid. Underlined by beautiful but unforgiving landscapes full of ruins and a sense of predestination in the actions of the characters, there’s a mythic quality to documentarist Roccati’s second fictional feature. Combining an acute sensitivity to the fragility of this unique landscape, a keen portrayal of fast-disappearing local rituals and some wonderful traditional music, Lucania is an urgent protest against ecological degradation, as well as an engaging and poetic story.
Lucania won three awards at the 52nd WorldFest Houston International Film Festival: the Grand Jury Remi Award for Best Actress (Angela Fontana), Best Foreign Film and Best Editing.
“An extraordinary immersion in the spirit of an area of our country.” – MYmovies.it
“A story that mixes magical realism and environmentalism in the extraordinary landscape of the Basilicata mountains… ‘we wrote part of the story on location, meeting people by doing interviews. I immediately realised the unspoiled beauty, the silence and the cosmic solitude of some of these places in such an isolated and ancient region where there is still a special way of life, linked to our history.’ ” - from an interview with director Gigi Roccati in La Repubblica.