Vicino alla Montagna | Digging Deeper
Nature is constantly present. Music perpetually sounds from beyond the mountains. Humankind arises from earth while Music is directing the cycle of life. Nature is the impartial arena.
What happens when Humankind cannot relate to this unified energy of Nature and Music?
Video On Demand (Vimeo)
Running time: 55 minutes. Cinema release: 2012. VOD release: 2015.
Vicino alla Montagna (2009, English: Near the Mountains) is an award-winning music & art film; the second in the Symbiophonies™ series – a narrative film concept invented by director and composer Flint Juventino Beppe. It is a unique presentation that combines classical music, fiction, drama and nature.
One of the main principles in a Symbiophony is that the inner nature of the music is equal to the visual aspect, and this entity incites much of the action. Therefore, some alternative aesthetical choices in relation to the sheet music have to be made. These are not your typical conventional filmic choices. A Symbiophony is more like an art-exhibition, where the impressions will materialise on several levels. As opposed to any music video, the pictures are strictly edited to fit the aesthetical intentions, and not necessarily to fit the rhythm or timbre in the music. This is not music set to film. This is film set to music.
The two girls representing Humankind in Vicino alla Montagna are seemingly without willpower. They are in a way remote-controlled by this immense entity of Music and Nature, like puppets steered by the puppeteer. This leads to "blank stares", and forced behaviour to a large extent.
The music is melodious and dramatic. A group of chamber musicians featuring the pianist Wolfgang Plagge performs some parts of the music. Additionally, one the world's foremost orchestras, the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Flint Juventino Beppe, contributes to the film's score with soundtracks from the Grammy-nominated album Flute Mystery.
The film contains nudity for artistic purposes. The Norwegian Media Authority has awarded it with a general certificate, which means that it is suitable for all ages.
– This certificate confirms the script's intentions. The human nudity is set in a natural framework in relation to nature and music, which can also be seen as being naked, says director Flint Juventino Beppe. - It would be a logical breach if some elements were covered up in this production, Beppe clarifies.
Awards & Reviews
– It's a major happening when Flint Juventino Beppe´s masterpiece «Vicino alla Montagna» («Near the Mountains») has its world premiere at Nordlysfestivalen. The already critically acclaimed art movie is a symbiosis of different art forms, a "symbiophony" as the artist himself has chosen to call it; Blending visual impressions from nature with original music compositions and actors performing speechless actions, he has succeeded in creating a breathtaking aesthetic experience. Vicino alla Montagna provides us with magnificent and touching images of the majestic scenery in the North. Along with the music and the acting we are taken on a journey back to the originating and unspoiled. We meet two human beings that unprotected and naked encounter nature - and gradually learn to live in it. The journey is beautiful, rough and eye-opening. (...)
Park City Film Music Festival, Utah, USA, May 26, 2011, screening & winner: Jury Choice - Gold Medal for Musical Excellence in a Performance/Experimental Film for the film Vicino alla Montagna. Composer Flint Juventino Beppe / Director Flint Juventino Beppe.
(...) – This is a massively beautiful work encased in less than an hour. The instrumental music by Flint Juventino Beppe is the centerpiece and framework of the film. (...) Stunning scenery is captured throughout (...)