Puglia, 2015. Two centuries ago the Swiss botanist and naturalist Count Karl Ulysses von Salis-Marschlins traveled to the region's largest estate, Casino del Duca, to survey the natural treasures of what was then the Kingdom of Naples. Set against narration from the Count's journal during these resplendent times, the estate today lies barren, sleepless and abandoned, ravaged by distractions of the modern world.
Examining notions of history and the irrevocable changes of time, Anapeson elaborates an allegory of contemporary Italy— its beauty and greatness an elusive vestige of the past. Francesco Dongiovanni's mid-length film premiered at Turin, MedFilm in Rome, and the American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs.