God save the green


The world, by now, is nothing but a desert; what is not world has to be a garden.

R. Borchardt



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In the last few years, everywhere in the world, individuals and small groups of people have started to cultivate vegetables in their own gardens, in their allotments, in their balconies, in their  terraces and in neglected places of their cities. They do that, because they want fresh and healthy food, they want to change their way of life, the place where they live and the urban environment. "God save the green" tells the stories of people who are regaining a sense of community through gardening and, at the same time, they are changing their lives and the places they live in. The stories take place in the peripheries of large and medium-sized cities in the northern and southern hemispheres: Turin, Bologna, Nairobi, Casablanca, Berlin, Teresina. The film evoke the nature beauty that can exist inside our cities. A poetical narration, based on Karel Capek and R. Borchardt texts, unfold the strong relationship between mankind and the urban nature. The narration flows into six possible and innovative routes to follow in finding a way to produce healthy and nutritious foods on one’s own, perhaps even to sell some of them. The six routes are: the last garden in one of the most crowded peripheries of Casablanca; hydroponic cultivation in Teresina, Brazil; community gardens in Berlin;  growing vegetables inside bags in one of Nairobi's slums; hanging gardens in Berlin, Turin and Bologna; Guerrilla gardening in Berlin. “God save the green” is a film about the creation of a new possible urban landscape, the third landscape, where green space is not merely a decorative feature but is something that is lived-in, creative.

Written and directed by: Michele Mellara, Alessandro Rossi
Research: Giorgio Prosdocimi Gianquinto, Francesco Orsini
Director of the fotography: Marco Mensa, Michele Mellara
Cameramen: Michele Mellara, Marco Mensa, Francesco Merini
Sound recordist: Alessandro Rossi
Editor: Marco Duretti
Color Correction and Graphic Design: Marco Fantozzi
Music by: Massimo Zamboni
Voice over: Angela Baraldi
Produced by: Ilaria Malagutti
Production: Mammut Film
together with: Rai Cinema
together with: Ethnos e CEFA
with the sponsorship of the: University of Bologna and DISTA
with contribution by: Cineteca of Bologna - Film Commission Bologna -; Regione Emilia Romagna; APQ GECO; Film Commission Torino Piemonte;
with the support of: D.E-R (documentarists of Emilia Romagna)
and: Media European Community Program
Country: Italy
Year: 2012

Languages: Italian, English, Spanish
Format: HD
Genre: Current Affairs, Social and Environmental Issues
Duration: 1x75’; 1x52’


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Distributor: Sky Vision

TV:
CBC (Canada); RAI3 (Italy); RAI1 (Italy); Bomanbridge Media Pte (Asia); Autentic Gmbh (Germany); Public Ltd. Latvian Television (Scandinavia); Ushuaia TV (France)

Theatrically italian distribution
Andrea Peraro
Cineteca of Bologna Foundation
Via Riva di Reno, 72
40122 Bologna
Tel. +390512194807
Fax +390512194821
E-mail: andrea.peraro@cineteca.bologna.it
Website: www.cinetecadibologna.it

Festival and Prizes
Skylogic Award Giornate Europee dell'audiovisivo, Torino
Best documentary, Costa Rica International Film Festival
Best feature lenght documentary, Ecologic International Film Festival, Lecce
Parco Colli Euganei Award, Euganea Festival
Award Cinema del reale, Specchia, Lecce

Environmental Film Festival, Albania 2015

Festival Lo sguardo di Omero, Melendugno (LE), 2014
International Festival del cinema Africano, Milan 2014
International Environmental Film Festival of Mexico, Città del Mexico 2014
Festival du Film Vert, Zurigo 2014
Festival del cinema città di Spello (PG), 2014
CMS Vatavaran Film Festival, New Dehli, India 2013
20th Barcellona International Environmental Film Festival 2013
Kassel Dok Festival, Germany 2013

Festambiente Mondi Possibili, Rome 2013
Reefestival, Bari, Italy 2013
International Environmental Film Festival
, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil 2013

Ecofalante Environmental Film Festival, San Paolo, Brasil 2013
Costa Rica International Film Festival, Montezuma, Costa Rica 2013
Sotto le stelle del Cinema, Bologna 2013

Clorofilla Film Festival, Rispescia (GR) 2013
Ecologico International Film Festival, Nardò (LE) 2013
Cinema del reale, Specchia (LE) 2013
Vivere Verde, Modena 2013
XII Euganea Film Festival,
Este, Monselice (PD) 2013

Agrifilm Festival, Ostiglia, Mantova 2013
Coinvolgimenti, Massafra, Taranto 2013
Inscape/Landscape Interzona, Verona 2013
Visioni Italiane, Bologna (2013)
Worldfilm Festival of Visual Culture, Tartu, Estonia (2013)
This Human World International Film Festival, Vienna (2012)
22-11-2012  Cinema Värmlands a Karlstad (Sweden)
26-10-2012 screenings of some extracts of the film Leoncavallo (Milan)


Screenings 

Bologna       march 27, Visioni Italiane, 8 p.m. 
Bologna       Cinema lumiére:
                     march 7, 8.15 p.m. 
                     march 8, 6.30 p.m. and 10.00 p.m. 
                     march 9, 2.30 p.m. and 8.00 p.m. 
                     march 10, 6.00 p.m. 
                     march 11, 8.00 p.m.  
                     march 12, 10.00 p.m.  
                     march 13, 8.00 p.m.  
Parma          march 12, Cinema Edison 9.15 p.m. 
Rubano (PD) march 15 Auditorium 8.45 p.m.  
Cattolica (RN) march 17 Salone Snaporaz 5.00 p.m.
Bibbiano (RE) march 20 Cinema Metropolis, 9.00 p.m. 
Rome           Casa del Cinema: 
                     march 20, 7.15 p.m.  
at the end of the screening the authors will meet the public together with Maurizio di Rienzo
                     march 21, 6.00 p.m.  
                     march 23, 6.00 p.m.  
                     march 24, 4.30 p.m. 
Pisa              march 22, Cinema arsenale, 8.30 p.m.  
Pozzuoli (NA) 
march 24, Duel:Lab, 4.30 p.m.
Ravenna
      march 25, Cinemacity, 10.30 p.m.  
Rimini          march 26 Rimini's Cineteca, 9.00 p.m. 
Turin          march 27, Cinema Massimo, 8.30 p.m. 
at the end of the screening the authors will meet the public together with Gaetano Capizzi 
(Torino Cinemambiente Festival's director)
Treviso         April 3, Benetton Foundation, 8.30 p.m. 
at the end of the screening the authors will meet the public together with Giorgio Prosdocimi Gianquinto 
(Horticulture's professor - University of Bologna)
Verona         April 4, Interzona 9.00 p.m. 
at the end of the screening the authors will meet the public 
La Spezia    April 8; 9; 10, Cineclub Germi c/o Cinema Nuovo, 4.30 p.m.  
Modena       April 10, Sala Truffaut, 9.15 p.m. 
Reggio Emilia April 10, Cinema Rosebud, 8.30 p.m.  
at the end of the screening the authors will meet the public together with Massimo Zamboni 
(author of the film's musics) 
Gorizia        April 11, Cinema Kinemax, 5.00 p.m.; 9.00 p.m. 
at the end of the screening, the authors will meet the public together with Paolo Fedrigo (LaREA - Laboratorio di Educazione Ambientale of Friuli Venezia Giulia's ARPA), Alessandro Gambitta (President of the Gorizia's Gruppo di Acquisto Solidale Il Ponte") and Roy Menarini (President of the Associazione Palazzo del Cinema - Professor of Cinema History at the University of Udine).
Fiorenzuola (PC) April 10, Cinema Capitol, 9.30 p.m.
Cesano Maderno (MB) April 12, Palazzo Arese Borromeo, 9.00 p.m. 
Imola          April 12, Centro Cà Vaina, 9.00 p.m.
Milan        April 15, Cinema Mexico, 9.30 p.m. 
at the end of the screening the authors will meet the public together with the collective La terra trema and the producer Gianfilippo Pedote
Milan        Cinema Beltrade:
                   April 19, 4.00 p.m.; 6.00 p.m.; 9.00 p.m.  
                   April 20, 9.00 p.m. 
                   April 21, 6.00 p.m.; 8.30 p.m.
                   April 22, 9.00 p.m. 
                   April 23, 9.00 p.m.  
Casalecchio di Reno (BO) April 18, Library C. Pavese, 9.00 p.m.
Sant'Ilario Enza (RE) April 18, Centro Mavarta, 9.00 p.m. 
Pianoro (BO)  May 7, Museum of Arts, 8:45 p.m.
Pieve di Cento (BO) May 8, Centro D.Carletti, 8.45 p.m. 
Bologna    May 9, Sala Borsa, 5:30 p.m.
Forlì           May 13, Cinema Saffi, 9.00 p.m. 
at the end of the screening the authors will meet the public
San Giovanni Persiceto (BO) May 13, Cinema Fanin, 9.00 p.m.
Cesena      May 14 Cinema Eliseo, 9.00p.m. 
Catania      May 15, Cinema King, 6.00 p.m.; 8.30 p.m.; 10.30 p.m. 
Bentivoglio (BO) May15, Sala TeZe, 9.00 p.m. 
Padua        May 17, Padua Fair's Sala Carraresi,9.00 p.m. 
at the end of the screening the authors will meet the public
Turin          May 19, Cinema Centrale, 6.00 p.m. 
at the end of the screening the authors will meet the public
Florence    May 20, Cinema Odeon, 8.30 p.m. 
at the end of the screening the authors will meet the public together with Vandana Shiva
Rome         May 21, Cinema Alcazar, 10.00 p.m.
Massafra
 (TA) May 
24, Coinvolgimenti, 8.00 p.m. 
Milan          May 25, Cineteca of Milan, 9.00 p.m. 
Ostiglia (MN)
 May 29, Agrifilmfestival - i gusti del cinema, 11:00 a.m. 
Bellaria Film Festival (RN) June 1, 4.00 p.m. 
Rovereto (TN) June 1, Auditorium Melotti - Nuovo Cineforum Rovereto, 11.00 p.m. 
Festival delle Culture (RA)
 June 9, 5.00 p.m. 
at the end of the screening the authors will meet the public 
Panicolture Festival (BO) 26 giugno orario da definirsi
at the end of the screening the authors will meet the public 
Cascina Falchera (TO) "il piccolo cinema", 9.30 p.m.
Reggio Emilia
July 2, arena estiva Ex-Stalloni, 9.30 p.m. 
Padua        July 3, Giardini della Rotonda, 9.30 p.m. 
The screening will be preceded by the presentation of the book "Coltivare la città" by Andrea Calori
Bologna    July 11, Sotto le stelle del cinema, Piazza Maggiore, 11.00 p.m. 
the authors will introduce the film together with Gian Luca Farinelli
Carpi (MO) August 6, I confini della realtà, Bibiloteca A.Loira, 9.30 p.m. 
the authors will introduce the film 
Folgaria (TN) August 21, Folgaria's cinema, 9.30 p.m. 
at the end of the screening the authors will meet the public 
Rome        September 20, Circolo degli Artisti, 9.00 p.m.
Rovigo      September 29, Polesana Peace March, 9.p.m. 
Genoa       November 9, Club amici del Cinema, 9.00 p.m. 
Udine        November 20,Centro espressioni Cinematografiche, 8.30 p.m. 
Pavia         
November 21, Circolo il Barcè, 9.00 p.m. 
Trieste     
 November, 21, Cinema dei Fabbri, 9.00 p.m. 
at the end of the screening the authors will meet the public 
Pordenone November 22, Cinema Zero, 11:00 a.m. 
at the end of the screening the authors will meet the public 
Pordenone November 22, Cinema Zero, 8.45 p.m. 
at the end of the screening the authors will meet the public 
Cagliari     December 6, Cinema Odissea, 6.00 p.m.
at the end of the screening the authors will meet the public 
Trento       February 12, auditorium hall San Giuseppe Santa Chiara, 8.30 p.m. 
Lanciano (CH)
 
February 18, Teatro Fenaroli, 9.00 p.m.
Ravenna    February 22Mariani Lifestyle - "Un pozzo di scienza", ed.2014, 5.15 p.m. 
at the end of the screening the authors will meet the public 
Mantua      March 10, Carbon Circle, 9.15 p.m.
at the end of the screening the authors will meet the public 
Lecco        April 11, Arci Bellavista Circle, 8.30 p.m.
Vicenza     May 6, Cinema Campana, 8.30 p.m. 
Bologna    May 18, Cinema Bellinzona, 3.30 p.m. 
at the end of the screening the authors will meet the public 
Cupramontana (AN) May 24, association's house, 4.30 p.m. 
at the end of the screening the authors will meet the public 
Cardeto (RC) June 8, “Le Arti e i Sapori” Museum, 9.00 p.m. 
Adelfia (BA) September 11, La zappa sui piedi, 9.00 p.m. 
Mezzago (MB)
 September 21, Coop. sociale il Visconte di Mezzago, 9.00 p.m. 

Berlin         June 20, Prinzessinen Garten, 9.00 p.m. 
at the end of the screening the authors will meet the public 
London      July 23, Italian Culture Institute, 9.00 p.m. 
at the end of the screening the authors will meet the public 

Bruxelles    August 20, Philanthropy House - Food Justice (2015)
Barcelona   September 20, Filmoteca de Catalunya (2015)
Milan           October 15,  Expò (2015)


Press Release

Press release God Save the Green Summer 

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