A programme by Fondazione Mediterraneo to favour the mutual understanding through meetings, images and music
New York City. Post-9/11. We’re in a state of heightened alert. A strange old man appears in one of the city’s most magnificent architectural halls carrying a mysterious book. It’s evident he’s not there on regular business, rather, he’s examining the structure, studying it’s every nook and cranny. The old man is immediately accosted by two patriotic security guards, who make it their mission to bring him to justice. But is he a terrorist? Is he just a freak? As they escort him to their home base, it becomes clear that the security guards aren’t certain. They bicker and quarrel about it. As they finally reach their destination, the old man lights up. Turns out the building they work in is an amazing architectural marvel. They’re sceptical at first. The old man opens his book and proceeds to tell the tale of the Park Row building, a turn of the century skyscraper and one of the early predecessors of the Twin Towers. Their sentiments turn towards him. He’s enlightened them. Instead of turning him in, they let him off to continue his mission...
Formally trained as a cinematographer, Gil has since moved on to directing commercials, music videos and virals. His hope is that the power of storytelling can break all boundaries and destroy all prejudices. This is his narrative directorial debut.