26 Lug «Fleeting Journey» by Nicola Barsottelli
The vision of young and ambitious director Nicola Barsottelli gives us “Fleeting Journey,” taking us on a poetic adventure through the streets of an unnamed city, with a look that reveals the hidden beauty behind despair with courage and lyricism.
Shot in beautiful monochromatic tones, this short film of narrative experimentation captures a fleeting but profound encounter between two individuals on the fringes, who happen to cross paths in a brief joint journey reminiscent of choreography, indulged by the harmonious camera movement, in open contrast to the industrial setting and the scarred faces of the protagonists. The cinematography is attentive to detail, to the play of light and shadow, to a stripping away of all superstructure to enhance the desire for human connection. Although the journey is short, the film leaves a lasting impression with its celebration of small moments of grace and beauty in two stark lives. Capable of shaking one out of slumber, and providing food for thought, with its decisive aesthetic, “Fleeting Journey” is an exercise in style with powerful existential impact through its simple yet profound exploration of the universal need to be seen and heard.