In the most attractive place that, as Wladimiro Frenkel wrote in 1934, “sums up the prehistoric and historic life of the island of Ischia and preserves and passes on the lasting memory and that for five centuries - from the sixteenth to the nineteenth - has been the scene of the glories of the nobility and oppression of the schemes, the Aragonese Castle, will be held from June 29 to July 6, 2013, the eleventh edition of the Ischia Film Festival, the only international competition dedicated to the film locations.
It is difficult to speak about an author like Aleksandr Sokurov. His cinema is cultural, complex and subtly ambiguous, in which even the liturgical slow becomes art and style. A cinema that asks a lot to the viewer: avoiding the account in favor of the staging, worshiping the author and bestowing merits, loving hermeticism and not surrendering to the fatal beauty of the images. Is it worth it?
The following article is a summary from the book “Souvenirs of Ischia” published in French in 1886 and is contained in the book by Giovanni Castagna on “French travelers to discover Ischia” at the time of the “Grand Tour” (XIX century).
The author is abbot Alphonse Kannengiesser of Rixheim (Haut Rhin), who spent several months in 1883 on the island of Ischia as a tutor in the family of Bernardo Blumenstihl, director of the aqueduct Marcia di Roma.
We tell about the walk to the Typhoeus’ mouth for many reasons, for first is to commend the efforts of those who have voluntarily devoted themselves to the restoration of a stony walk, abandoned for years. Thanks to the dedication of these men, I was able to enjoy a sensational experience. As always happens to me when I come to the land of my island, uncertainties and concerns that dim, sometimes, my peace of mind, leave the stage defeated by comparison with my origins, my identity.