Italian filmmaker, Fabio Scacchioli, works with zero budget and creates masterpieces of Italian cinema. I think the great movement of cinema in the 21st century is underway and it looks to me like Italy is riding the top of the wave. We are finally reaching the point where an artwork is created with a ‘zero budget,’ just like a painting is. Picasso painted for just the cost of his canvas, his paints, and his own time. Filmmakers can now work the same way, enjoying the privacy of their studios and making things with their hands and their computers and their cameras. Filmmaking has finally become a visual art. Online cinema is the most powerful movement in all of art today. It is alive and aware of its potential. Artists like Scacchioli are going to take it very far indeed and they are going to become the Picassos of the future. It is time to start paying attention to this cinema, not as a silly form of entrance into the moribund feature film studio career, but as a major art form in and of itself.
This film, Objets Oubliés, is built upon four pieces of film found on the street. The filmmaker attempts to connect the unknown images into some sort of coherent whole. The narrating voice exists only in relationship to this attempt to create life and continuity from unknown materials discovered by pure chance. There is something like a form of grace and true love of film or cinema in this act. It seems to me to represent the very life of film. It also seems like an effort that would quite obviously and most certainly originate in Italy. It is mindful romance. It is the literal taking of the baton from an unknown hand and carrying it forward to make something unexpected and marvelous. One person makes something without knowing it is part of an artwork that has not come into existence yet. But it will and it does. The artist comes along and picks it up and shows us that the artwork existed even before he arrived.