The Hole

In 1962, a group of young speleologists from northern Italy set out for the country’s south to explore the seemingly bottomless maw of an unexplored abyss, which turns out to be one of the deepest ever discovered.

Il buco
Italy, France, Germany 2021
  • Czech
93 min.

Visually compelling imagery brings to life the vertiginous and lofty beauty of nature as well as man’s determination and fragility. In its detachment from the event’s parti­cipants, the film’s fly-on-the-wall narrative emphasizes the overwhelming chasm between the small and transient existence of man and the breathtaking mountains and dark depths of the karst. The Hole earned the Special Jury Prize at the Venice film festival.

Directed by: Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia
Screenplay: Michelangelo Frammartino, Giovanna Giuliani
Camera: Renato Berta
Editing: Benni Atria
Design: Giliano Carli
Production: Philippe Bober, Michelangelo Frammartino, Marco Serrecchia
Coproduction: Olivier Père
Actors: Paolo Cossi, Jacopo Elia, Denise Trombin, Nicola Lanza