“LE FAVOLE INIZIANO A CABRAS” - THE DOCUMENTARY
Raffaello Fusaro’s first feature film “Le favole iniziano a Cabras” is something like a visual poem and introduces us to a world that appears different from any convention. Presented at “Nonostantemarras”, a space where art and fashion merge, the film narrates a universe in which the relationship between tangibility and abstract is almost lost. The love for nature and the land is sometimes irrational. The marvel of the natural environment creates in the inhabitants of Sardinia a sort of morbid bond with it.
Through an original reading key, artists and lovers of their own land tell their visceral love for the territory and for life itself from their perspective.
Antonio Marras tells how his journey is begun and all about his first collection, the result of the adaptation on a female body of his uncle’s wardrobe who, once back from America, left it to him. The mood board of the collection becomes a visual story that marks the foundation of a style that is able to join lands, customs and cultures. For the first collection “piano piano dolce Carlotta” the women parade had eccentric hairstyles, which were in total contrast to what was the contemporary high fashion context in Rome.
The village of Cabras is where fairy tales begin, where the historic and symbolic barefoot walk to the village of San Salvatore starts.
The documentary becomes a source of inspiration thanks to those stories which are true and authentic, feeding in this way both art and life. Suggestive shots may be sometimes linked with the style of the Swedish director Roy Andersson.
Marras opens the door of which he is more jealous, showing the outbuilding where the artist and great inspiration Maria Lai lived. In her art and in her poems the fashion designer finds comfort. Deep and meaningful words, situated in large white spaces, are able to alleviate his dismay due to its unrecognized dyslexia.
In “Le favole iniziano a Cabras” nature is shown as a real life fiber, a constant energy recharge and as an exemplary artistic expression.
The documentary is delicate and charming as the picture that he gives of the city of Alghero: its light, with sudden changes in the clouds and sea’s reflections, can be founded in the same way only in the city of New York.
Text by Luisa Pagani