The first trailer of Carlo Hintermann’s English-language drama “The Book Of Vision” is out. The film stars Charles Dance, Lotte Verbeek, Sverrir Gudnason, Isolda Dychauk, Rocco Gottlieb, and Filippo Nigro. Terrence Malick served as an executive producer on the project. Director Hintermann was a line producer on the Italian shoot of Malick’s 2011 pic The Tree Of Life.
The Book Of Vision will open the 2020 edition of 35th Venice International Film Critic’s Week on September 3.
Eva, a promising young doctor, leaves her brilliant career to study History of Medicine in a remote university. Now is the time for her to call everything into question: her nature, her body, her illness, and her sealed fate.
Johan Anmuth is an 18th-century Prussian physician in perpetual conflict between the rise of rationalism and ancient forms of animism. The Book of Vision is a manuscript that sweeps these two existences up, blending them into a never-ending vortex. Far from a proper scientific text, the book contains the hopes, fears, and dreams of more than 1800 patients. Dr. Anmuth truly knew how to listen to his patients, whose spirits still wander through the pages, life and death, merging in a continuous flow. The story of Anmuth and his patients inspire Eva to live her life to the fullest.
Nothing expires in its time. Only what you desire is real, not merely what happens.
“The possibility of traveling through time has always fascinated me and it may be why I fell in love with cinema. It allows us to leap into different dimensions of time and space. In The Book of Vision, the time travel is a source of strength, both visually and narratively. I grew up with fantasy films of the ‘80s and ‘90s, such as The Goonies, Labyrinth, The Neverending Story and Back to the Future. The mechanism in these films is almost always the same: a door is opened onto an unexpected fantastic dimension. From a visual point of view, both the contemporary part and the past always take into account this ‘door’: every place, every object, every action has an ambiguous value, poised between two dimensions” says director Carl S. Hintermann.
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