Bartolomeo Pampaloni’s debut documentary film is masterfully written and directed. The film follows the lives of those whom we often disregard and disrespect; the forgotten, the downtrodden and the desperate. People like us, who breathe, love, hate and who are broken by vices and misfortune. ‘Roma Termini’ is shot amongst the luminous spinning adverts and echoing travel updates that roll around Rome’s bustling train station. The film follows four homeless protagonists as they share their tales of suffering and struggle. Their pain is authentic, their situations sorrowfully commonplace and cutting. On a hand held camera, close-up shots are beautifully executed and woven into a montage of haunting scenes. Dark ringing chimes and heavy piano keys underscore harrowing proclamations that will strike at your heart. The journeys that surround the station are constant; yet for these four men, life beyond the terminal walls and streets is unattainable. In Bartolomeo Pampaloni’s film these forgotten men are brought to the forefront of the crowds and their stories will stay with you throughout life’s travels.
The screening on September 27th will be followed by a Reception at the Italian Cultural Institute.
Ticket holders are invited to join us.