ATLANTIDE – Pordenone Docs Fest


2021, Italy, 104'

Yuri Ancarani



Yuri Ancarani

Retrospective “Let’s Save Venice!”

Best Film – Luxembourg City Film Festival

A generation adrift, which expresses itself in the “religion of the barchino”, a youth immersed in and in contrast with the timeless landscape of Venice.

Daniele is a young man from Sant’Erasmo, an island on the edges of the Venice Lagoon. He lives on his wits, isolated even from his peer group who are busy exploring an existence of pleasure-seeking expressed in the cult of the barchino (motorboat). This obsession focuses on the building of ever more powerful engines to transform the little lagoon launches into dangerously fast racing boats. Daniele too dreams of a record-breaking barchino, one that will take him to the top of the leader board, but everything he does to further his dream and win respect from the others turns out to be tragically counterproductive. The decline that erodes the relationships, environment and habits of a rootless generation is observed from the timeless perspective of the Venetian landscape and its island outskirts: the point of no return is a foolish, vestigial tale of male initiation. Violent and destined to fail, it explodes dragging the ghost city along on a psychedelic shipwreck.

Yuri Ancarani – Born in 1972 is an Italian video artist and director. His works is born from the mixture of cinema, documentary and contemporary art and is the result of a research often aimed at exploring less visible regions of everyday life, a reality in which the artist enters firsthand. Among his award-winning works Il Capo (2010), The Challenge (2016), San Vittore (2018).