by Gianluca Loffredo
Italy/Argentina, 2011, 52'
This film is a diary of a voyage on a cargo ship, from Hamburg to Buenos Aires. An escape from land, where the memories always come back stronger. The farther one gets from land, the more one wants to return to it. The more time spent on land, the stronger the desire to be at sea. This is the life of a sailor. It's a film set at sea that speaks of land. A real and metaphorical trip, dealing with the universal human sentiment: the desire to be someplace else.
“Too much sea. We've seen enough of the sea”, wrote Pavese. This is the beginning of a reflection on idle watching, risking laziness at sea. Filming became a way, as any other, to kill time. Filming the waiting. Almost as if waiting were the only way to make sense of life. Fragments of non-action in an Atlantic sort of way, where the beauty is so remote that it cannot be touched. More than all else one has to wait. Not only do the sailors wait. They only serve as a metaphor for the human mind state.