The Lack refuses to conform to any one artistic genre, drawing from varied sources including video, theater, music, painting and performance. The film explores four variations on the theme of “lack,” featuring six female characters played by actresses Lea Mornar (Eve), Xin Wang (Xiu), Giorgia Sinicorni (Anja), Ginevra Bulgari (Nour), Emanuela Villagrossi (Greta) and Cinizia Brugnola (Sarah). As these concurrent stories unfold, each woman searches for meaning to fill the inner void in their lives. In the first episode, Eve must work through the pain of abandonment and the obsession of love that turns into a violent, yet ultimately cathartic struggle. Xiu embarks on a symbolic, dreamlike journey in the second section, while in the third story two women face the difficult, yet necessary process of detachment that ultimately transforms into the possibility of hope, brought by the young Nour. In the final chapter, Sarah experiences recurring visions as she tries to reclaim the pieces of her shattered existence through an on screen psychoanalytic session. Set outside of conventional time, these distinct narratives take place within a backdrop of roaring nature with its harsh landscapes, wind, water, skies, rocks and an emptiness that is at once apocalyptic and regenerative.
Produced by In Between Art Film, in association with VivoFilm, The Lack’s journey began with its critically acclaimed debut at the 71st Venice International Film Festival in 2014. Since its debut, the work has been presented in several other major film festivals, including RIFF-Reykjavik Film Festival; CPH: DOX Copenhagen International Film Festival; Italian Cinema (Istanbul); the Italian Film Festival (Barcelona); MitteleCinemaFest (Bratislava); Cinema Made in Italy (London); and Open Roads: New Italian Cinema (Lincoln Center, New York). The film has also been screened at many world-class art institutions such as MAMbo (Bologna); Fondazione Merz (Turin); MADRE (Naples); Al Serkal, as part of Art Dubai; Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève (Geneva); and MAXXI (Rome).
August 28, 2014