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Count Karl Ulysses von Salis-Marschlins was a Swiss botanist and naturalist. He travelled widely observing and studying the lands he visited. In 1789 he travelled in the Kingdom of Naples. On returning home, he wrote a book about it. Here is how he described his visit to the “Casino del Duca” at San Basilio, the largest estate of Apulia, South Italy. Anapeson are these places, now, sleepless and abandoned within the distracted modernity. The History as ruins.


Francesco Dongiovanni (1978) lives and works in Apulia (Italy). He has been interested in ethnology, landscapes, archive, memory and anthropological cinema for a long time. He works for the production company Murex, which he founded with his collaborators.
His filmography also includes the medium-lenght films: Happiness Is a Densely Unpopulated Place, Elegies from the Beginning of the World – Of Men and Trees and Giano.


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  • Length
    40′, col.

  • Director 
    Francesco Dongiovanni
  • Screenplay
    Marco Cardetta, Francesco Dongiovanni, upon the text Travels through various provinces of the kingdom of Naples
    by Carl Ulysses von Salis-Marshlins
  • Editing
    Francesco Dongiovanni
  • Photography
    Vincenzo Pastore

  • Music
    Pino Basile
  • Sound
    Salahaddin Roberto Re David,
    Graziano Cammisa
  • Cast
    Salvatore Marci

  • Producer
    Cristina Piscitelli
  • Delegate Producer
    Massimo Modugno
  • Project Manager
    Giovanni Antelmi
  • Executive Producer
    Marco Cardetta
  • Production
    Apulia Film Commission
  • Executive Production
    Murex production

  • Torino Film Festival 2015 – Italian Short Film Competition
  • Milan Filmmaker Festival 2015
  • AmDocs Palm Springs 2016
  • Castellaneta International Film Festival 2016
  • Gioia del Colle Arco Paradiso 2016
  • Mottola La Casa di Gioia 2016
  • Altramurgia Altamura 2016
  • Avvistamenti Bisceglie 2016
  • Marcellino De Baggis International Documentary Film Festival Taranto 2017 – New Horizons Competition
  • PaginEstive Mottola 2017
  • Rotary Gioia del Colle Acquaviva delle Fonti 2020

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