a film by anna marziano
camera, sound, editing: anna marziano
with the collaboration of joao vieira torres, maya da-rin, armin dierolf
prod. le fresnoy
16 min. france 2011
"Anna Marziano's intelligent, quietly moving De la mutabilité de toute chose et de la possibilité d'en changer certaines explores our human adaptability in light of catastrophe (the earthquake in L'Aquila) by way of seminal literature passages implying a transitory social body (from Marguerite Yourcenar, Hannah Arendt etc...)".
Andréa Picard / Toronto Film Festival
"(...) Capturing the damaged structures and landscapes of the town, Marziano’s film moves beyond documentary observation as it actively participates in a project to rejuvenate the public sphere of the town. By having locals read passages from a variety of the texts she brought along in her journey, Marziano unites her subjects through the creation of this film, aligning their private experiences and having them speak again as a community. In the question-and-answer period following the screening, Marziano lamented the loss of public
spaces that the town experienced through the earthquake; schools, community centres and churches were destroyed, and residents had so far only focused on rebuilding their private dwellings. Marziano attempted to propel the desire for revitalizing communal spaces to the forefront, seeing the return to the public sphere as necessary to a return to normality for people whose lives had been severely disrupted. Through working directly with her subjects on this film, Marziano was able open up a dialogue about change and how we adapt. What results is a quiet and inspiring film on the effects of uncontrollable change, and the small actions individuals may take to reclaim their lives and overcome the scars of their recent history".
Andrea Whyte / Cinemascope online