Gold Is All There Is (Tutto l’oro che c’è), dir. Andrea Caccia, Italy / Switzerland, 100 min., no dialogue
By the banks of a Lombardy river, time passes slowly and life takes its course without fanfare. Birds, ants, deer and other wildlife here take little notice of the humans in their midst – including five men, each at a different stage of life, each alone in the park and each apparently seeking something different from the waters and the land that surrounds it.
Reality takes on the qualities of a fairytale, a crime novel even a coming-of-age story in this natural theatre.
The latest work from Italian filmmaker Andrea Caccia eschews conventional story in favour of a unique, deliberate suspended narration. Caccia takes in what he sees with a calm, pleasing precision – and through this beautiful piece of non-fiction film-making, he encourages the viewer to do the same.