photographer and writer Isabella Borrelli series' editing and selection Marta Facchini videomaker Alessandro Tripodi
I was a little girl when my father took me to Giffoni Film Festival for the very first time. It was a muggy summer, I can remember the smell of too ripe juicy melons and the shirt sticked on my skin. I loved Sergio Leone like crazy at that time and I enjoyed Bud Spencer and Terrence Hill saga also. Movies filled my lonely life of a daughter of two busy parents. Anyway that afternoon I was with my father (and our painful and beautiful relation) when he said: “Do you want to see Bud, Isa?” I was perplexed: I have to admit it. My father was a sort of Big Fish real dad with all his fantastic stories of mermaids and easy riders, and I had started to be a little bit suspicious, sometimes. I looked at him, straight, trying to catch the truth in his eyes – “Lets’ go”. On the crowded bridge of the little town of Giffoni, there was for real Bud Spencer. He smiled me and I will never forget that smile that tastes like dream. By now the Giffoni Film Festival has turned into Giffoni Experience, referring to all new activities and possibilities it offers to young people. You can imagine an international film festival crammed into a little town of Campania that takes life only for festival. There’s something magic and grotesque in this cohabitation of international stars (only this year there were Mark Ruffalo, Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom and Tom Felton) and the provincial and really warm population of Giffoni. The fantastic iconography of southern Italy marries the bright prestige in a human representation of the fascinating Italian dichotomy. All this kind of international event present, moreover, an elegant decay, which attracts me very much. Maybe, it’s just about human decay. Kids, teenager and adults are the juror of the five juries and together the mix of an incredible emotional charge. Giffoni is more than Cinema, it’ is about love, friendship, Italy, provinciality, passion and also the hard work of a community that was able to transform a little town in the centre of Italy for nine days every year.