Spira Mirabilis (2016)
Directors Martina Parenti & Massimo D’Anolfi

In an abandoned theater, French actress Marina Vlady recites from Borges’ classic short story “The Immortal” … Japanese research scientist Shin Kubota sings praise to Turritopsis dorhnii, the jellyfish capable of incessantly rejuvenating itself … the workers of the 600-year-old association to maintain Milan’s Duomo subject the cathedral’s exquisite statues to perpetual regeneration … Swiss musician/inventors Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer persistently refine the Hang, their pitch-perfect steel percussion instrument … Native American community leaders Leola One Feather and Moses Brings Plenty preserve the centuries-old spiritual resistance of their Oglala Sioux tribe…

Award-winning documentary filmmakers Massimo D’Anolfi and Martina Parenti present a mesmerizing tribute to humankind’s aspirations for immortality by showing us a portrait of our efforts to overcome (or accept) our own limits. They share their fascinating discoveries in a visual symphony to the power and harmony of nature’s elements: water, earth, air and fire. From Milan to Wounded Knee, USA, from Bern to Shirahama, Japan, the traces of the filmmakers’ travels spiral wonderfully into a symbol of perfection and infinity: SPIRA MIRABILIS.

Technical Details
Production Italy, Switzerland 2016
Length 121 minutes
Sound Dolby 5.1
Resolution 2K – 16:9 (1.78:1)
Language Lakota, French, English, Swiss German,
Japanese, Italian
Main Crew
Written, directed and edited by Massimo D’Anolfi & Martina Parenti
Cinematography Massimo D’Anolfi
Music and sound design Massimo Mariani
Sound Martina Parenti
Assistant Sound Editing Tommaso Barbaro
Color Correction Daniel Pallucca
Post Production Italy Giulia Pavoni, Walter Perrucci,
Marco Bonini (Iggy Post)
Post Production Switzerland Lomotion
Mix Massimo Mariani, Felix Bussmann
(SDS Sound Design Studios)
Commissioning Editor Urs Augstburger (SRF/SRF SSR)
National coordination Sven Wälti (SRG SSR)
Producers Massimo D’Anolfi & Martina Parenti,
Louis Mataré & David Fonjallaz
A production of Montmorency Film & Lomotion
with RAI Cinema,
SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen / SRG
Worldsales The Match Factory
Distributor Switzerland Filmbringer
Distributor Italy iWonder / Biograph Film
Marina Vlady
Shin Kubota
Felix Rohner & Sabina Schärer
Friederike Haslbeck
Leola One Feather
Moses Brings Plenty
Joe, Coco, Seth & Brett Brings Plenty
The Workers and Statues of Milan’s Duomo Cathedral

Festivals (selection)

  • 73. Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica, La Biennale di Venezia (IT), 09/2016


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