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Le Quattro Volte

Le Quattro Volte

Michelangelo Frammartino

Italy, Germany, Switzerland | 2010 | Genre: Drama | second feature film | running time: 88’

You have never seen anything like this movie, even though what it shows you has been there all along.    
A. O. Scott - The New York Times

festivals & awards

Directors Fortnight, Cannes International Film Festival 2010 / Best European Film


The four episodes tell the stories of four "leading characters": an old shepherd in the last days of his life; the birth and first few weeks of a kid till its first pasturing under the olive trees; the life of an old chestnut tree in the course of the seasons; and the transformation of the old chestnut into charcoal through the work of the charcoal burners. All four episodes are set on the Ionian side of the Calabrian peninsula and are intertwined with one another in such a way as to make up one single story: the story of one soul that goes through four successive lives.


The Four Times
original title

Le Quattro Volte




Italy, Germany, Switzerland

running time


produced by

Vivo Film - Italy

in co-production with

Essential Filmproduktion - Germany
Invisibile Film - Italy
Ventura Film - Italy

directed by

Michelangelo Frammartino


Coproduction Office

It can be seen as a science fiction film without special effects, or as an ethnographic documentary on some parts of the Calabrian Appennine, or as an essay about the human soul.
TFL Programmes

FrameWork 2008

TFL Awards

Production Award
€ 150.000

Michelangelo Frammartino

Scriptwriter, Film Director

Marta Donzelli