“NELLA MIA CITTÀ” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed Featuring Poem by Anna Toscano Directed by Milton Kam.
Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Milton Kam
Music by: Federico Toffano (cello), Liesl Odenweller (soprano), and Ivano Zanenghi (lute).
NELLA MIA CITTÀ (In my city) is my visual ode to Venice. The film observes the lagoon city and its residents during the relative scarcity of tourists in its streets. From the lustre of its famous spots to the anonymity of its quiet alleys, Venice feels as if ‘the future did not come,’ to borrow a line from the poem, which the film is based on.
Nella mia città is written by Anna Toscano and was taken from her book Doso la polvere, Milan, La Vita Felice, 2012
IN MY CITY (NELLA MIA CITTÀ) by Anna Toscano
The future does not exist
the future does not come
in my city:
however long my step is
however much you have the favor of the wind
the number 2 does not go more than 22 km per hour.
How to get beyond the past
how not to look back
(at this speed)
with your neck always at three quarters:
time stops in piazzale Roma
so we live entangled
in the stories of peoples.
We stand, happy,
in a rearview mirror.