Our Lady of the Turks: The fall
The road where the man will fall exhausted on the pedestrian crossings, is called Via Roma, it passes through the center of the town and flows into the coastal road to Otranto. As is common knowledge it is the main road in Santa Cesarea Terme in the province of Lecce.
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To the protagonist, an intellectual so feverish that he seems pathologically unrecoverable, a confused memory resurfaces of a massacre carried out by the Turks in Otranto. Immersing himself in one of the victims, in the unconscious purpose of eviscerating himself, a woman, Margherita, appears to him, who, under the guise of the Santa Maria d'Otranto, treats him with pitiful loving kindness. In the hallucinating succession of memories intertwined with the events that occurred historically, the protagonist finds himself in contact with his environment, his land, his country.
The film was presented in the retrospective section These Ghosts: Italian Cinema Rediscovered (1946 - 1975) of the 65. Venice International Film Festival (2008).
Carmelo Bene, Lydia Mancinelli, Salvatore Siniscalchi