Spira Mirabilis (2016)
by 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.

Directed by Massimo D’Anolfi, Martina Parenti
Written by Massimo D’Anolfi, Martina Parenti
World Premiere September 2016
Original Version North American Indian / Swiss-German / English / French / Japanese (german / english / italian subtitles)
ISAN 0000-0003-F407-0000-2-0000-0000-V
Production Montmorency Film, Lomotion AG, Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen, RAI Cinema
Producer David Fonjallaz, Louis Mataré, Massimo D’Anolfi, Martina Parenti
Executive Producer Massimo D’Anolfi, Martina Parenti
Cinematography Massimo D’Anolfi
Editing Massimo D’Anolfi, Martina Parenti
Location Sound Mix Martina Parenti
Sound Editing Massimo Mariani
Sound Design Massimo Mariani
Rerecording Sound Mix Felix Bussmann, Massimo Mariani
Music Massimo Mariani
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.
Technical Information
Picture Format Colour
Aspect Ratio 16:9 (1.78:1)
Shooting Format 2K
Exhibition Format DCP, 121 min.
Sound Dolby 5.1
World Sales / World Rights
World Sales The Match Factory GmbH
Worldwide Distribution
Distribution Switzerland Filmbringer Distribution AG
Distribution Italy I Wonder

Festivals (selection)

  • Venezia, 73° Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica, Competition, 31.08.2016 – 10.09.2016
  • Busan, 21st Busan International Film Festival, 06.10.2016 – 15.10.2016
  • Thessaloniki, 57th Thessaloniki International Film Festival, 03.11.2016 – 13.11.2016
  • Solothurn, 52. Solothurner Filmtage, 19.01.2017 – 26.01.2017
  • Göteborg, 40. Göteborg International Film Festival, 27.01.2017 – 06.02.2017
  • Warsaw, 14th Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, Competition, 12.05.2017 – 21.05.2017
  • München, 35. Filmfest München, 22.06.2017 – 01.07.2017
  • Karlovy Vary, 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 30.06.2017 – 08.07.2017
  • Fünf-Seen-Land, 11. Fünf Seen Filmfestival, Competition, 27.07.2017 – 05.08.2017

Awards (Selection)

  • Berner Filmpreis 2017

In co-production with

With the financial support of