PODCAST| Nicolò Comotti interviews Martin DiCicco, director of the film All That Passes By Through a Window That Doesn’t Open.
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Martin DiCicco opens up about what it really meant to make his first documentary All That Passes By Through a Window That Doesn’t Open. A time-, money- and life- consuming personal act, All That Passes By is for DiCicco so much more than simply a study of a railway imbued with the hopes and the endemic conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. It is a moment to raise intelligent and earnest questions on how to shape oneself along with the ideas that are carried within a film.
All That Passes By Through a Window That Doesn’t Open: Caucasus. While labourers from Azerbaijan are working on the construction of a new high-speed train line intended to bring glory to future generations, in Armenia, a station master has been awaiting, idle, the return of the trains for 20 years beyond a closed border, in an abandoned depot. In a landscape whose light and colours are reminiscent of the atmosphere of a Western, the men at work are filmed in a suspended time frame, struggling with their economic needs and their dreams for a better future. The social and political situation of this territory is developing between two countries that have a deeply troubled relationship but whose workers are in unison. Their harsh daily routine, filmed with a certain thoughtfulness, subtly reveals what makes it possible: moments of complicity. With wonderful sequences and an original narrative structure — fragments of magic appear through the editing (of images and sound) — All That Passes By Through a Window That Doesn’t Open seizes the history and the present of a world crossroads.