Some life experiences are good to remember, and others are not. This film deals with a journey to North Vietnam at war with the U.S. between 1965 and 1966, a journey that Cecilia Mangini, the protagonist of the story, finds hard to remember, still an open wound because she was supposed to shoot, with Lino Del Fra, a documentary film that was never made. After more than fifty years a great little discovery of two forgotten boxes turns out to be an opportunity to narrate that journey in a short film that slowly recovers a thread of memory by assembling long-forgotten words and images. It is a kind of war against herself, between saying and not saying, remembering and not remembering.
The last film directed by Cecilia Mangini, who died at the age of 93. In 1965, Mangini visited Vietnam to make a film with her husband Lino Del Fra. Two Forgotten Boxes not only signifies the completion of the film that was never finished by Mangini but also provides a chance to revisit her life and see how the world has changed since through the process of completing the film. Here’s one sentence from an interview where Mangini mentioned the topic of this film. “It´s the photographs that remind me of things because I´m losing my memory. I didn´t remember these two boxes. And then I took them, I opened them, I started looking at the auditions and there were things I couldn´t remember anymore and instead, they came back to me because ... photography recovers time, recovers space, recovers sensations, recover everything.” (Sung MOON)
* This film is screened with A Night at the Opera of Masters Section.
* This film's Korean subtitles are sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute in Seoul.
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