Warm water, cold water, Marina Resta, Giulio Todescan, 56′, Italia 2015
A journey through the North and South of Italy, present and past, told by Valbruna’s and AFP’s workers’ stories.
Cinema Primavera, thursday 28th april 9.00, friday 29th april 16.30, saturday 30th april 20.30
Director Marina Resta, Giulio Todescan
Screenwriter Marina Resta, Giulio Todescan
DOP Luciano Attinà
Sound Luciano Attinà
Editing Marina Resta
Sound Editing Luca Scapellato
Music Luca Scapellato, LSKA, Phill Reynolds
Cast Luciano Alari, Cosimo De Bari, Demetrio Pappapicco, Paolo Depalma, Mimmo Palmiotto, Francesco Depalma, Michele Camporeale, Francesco Camporeale, Antonio Dangelico, Filippo D’Attolico, Mimmo Stufano, Michele Stufano, Vito Bavaro.
Production Marina Resta, Giulio Todescan
Distribution Marina Resta, Giulio Todescan
Festival Foggia Film Festival, Sguardi Altrove Film Festival (Milano)
Awards Menzione di merito Foggia Film Festival
Web Site https://lacquacaldaelacquafredda.wordpress.com
At the Valbruna Steelworks in Vicenza more than a half of the 1000 workers come from the South of Italy, specially from Giovinazzo (Bari). Here until the 80’s the Acciaierie e Ferriere Pugliesi (Steelworks) was operative. After its closure, a migration to the North has started, that’s still continuing. L’acqua calda e l’acqua fredda (Warm water, cold water) is a trip between both the North and the South of Italy, and the present and the past, told through those workers’ stories and direct and indirect evidences.
In 2011 we read an essay about the current immigration to Veneto, by Devi Sacchetto, Professor of Sociology at Padua University. Among many stories one has moved us above all: that one about the Acciaierie Valbruna (Steelworks) in Vicenza, where the most part of the 1000 workers comes from the South of Italy, to be more precise from a town in Puglia, Giovinazzo. A Valbruna’s manager had used the metaphor of the warm and cold water, that mixed together create something new and more complex, to describe that strange mix between workers from Veneto and those from Puglia.
The story was actually more complex, because behind the Valbruna’s workers it was hidden an other one, far away 800 km in the South and many decades before. The steelworks Acciaierie Ferriere Pugliesi (AFP), for more than a half century had given works to a whole town, and there had been arranged a combative working class. The current workers emigrated to the North are their heirs.
L’acqua calda e l’acqua fredda (Warm water, cold water) is a choral film, made by interviews, powered by photos, found footage, newspapers’ articles and images of Vicenza and Giovinazzo, two cities apparentely very distant, but actually tied by an invisible plot of stories of lives and works.
The film tries to reconnect those invisible threads, tieing two cities and two workers generations, through an editing that intersects continuosly the North and South and the present and past levels.
From the workers’ words emerge timeless topics: integrations problems in a different and far place, and the dichotomic meaning of work, taken as an opportunity of wealth and social emancipation for a whole community, but at the same time bearer of exploitation and risks for the health and the environment.
Marina Resta was born in Altamura (Bari) in 1984. She graduated in Cinema, Television and Multimedia Production at University of Bologna and studied as Documentary Filmmaker at Civica Scuola di Cinema in Milan. Her first documentary film is Milano fa 90 (Milano makes up 90) (2013)
Giulio Todescan was born in Vicenza in 1981. He took a deegre in Communication at University of Bologna. He write as a journalist for some newspapers, among which “Corriere del Veneto”. He directed Good luck Vicenza (2007).