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Storm and Light Pictures // Official website // 2014

Dream, in eternal mystery.


GENRE: Gothic romance
WRITTEN BY: Inga J Sempel
DIRECTED BY: Matteo Piccinini
PRODUCER: Clive Leighton


The Crow’s Legacy


AUTHOR’S and DIRECTOR’S NOTES (Matteo Piccinini)

A late 1800 Romantic painting: in the scenery of a surreal and threatening countryside, a castle rises in all its stateliness. A flock of crows circle above. A female figure from the top of one of the ramparts is watching a carriage hesitantly heading towards the castle. This is the pictorial scenario of a fascinating Gothic story set against a newly coloured Tuscany. The characters fight the eternal war of good versus evil: on one side there are three brilliant and modern minds ambitiously eager to discover. On the other, a family devoted to protect an ancient secret, firm and uncompromising in their feelings of resentment and oppression. They are all painted by contrasting brush-strokes, where the shades represent their weaknesses. The crow – the real protagonist of the story, is the symbol of the feared and dark side of the human being. The side that is always ready to take life to get more power.
The painting gets colourful: the dark green and the brown of the soaked countryside, the grey of the cold caves, the blood red of the wine, the black of the shadows. The universal themes of the human existence, such as love, passion, revenge, possession and inner conflict come to life in a visionary, metaphorical, harsh, epic film.


AUTHOR’S NOTES (by Inga J Sempel)

In the XV century in Tuscany, the noble Pucci family lived in a fortified villa which was the target of many outlaws. During a particularly savage attack the entire family was virtually wiped out. Only a single child survived, saved by an African servant. She escaped through the underground passages carrying the little boy with her as she evaded the aggressors, thereby preserving the entire line of the noble family. After this heroic deed the servant was portrayed in the coat of arms of the Pucci family. Two other main historical events build up the story of “The Crow’s Legacy”: the Black Death, which ravaged Italy in the XVII century and the Philloxera plague which poisoned the vineyards all over Europe at the end of the XIX century. What if this historical background was the stage to a Gothic romance, where reality and sci-fi interweave? The plague is the curse throughout the whole story. It contaminates, it weakens, it kills, it putrefies everything in its’ way. More powerful than any human force, spreading, getting stronger, invisibly. Until it is too late to escape. The plague is a death sentence. Like revenge. Like love. Every character living in the castle is moved by love and revenge while desperately trying to fight the disease that threatens their lives. They are all victims and perpetrators of their own destinies within a two-centuries-long vicious circle. Their feelings of love are sick, corrupted, rotting and rotten. When the world of science and modernity storms into the castle thanks to the three researchers, a wind of hope and rebirth shakes the stillness and the tedium of that two-centuries-long existence. “The Crow’s legacy” is about superstition against science, past against future, revenge against forgiveness, guilt against innocence, emotional contamination against emotional purification. The life of every character depends on what they decide to believe in.

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