During the economic boom of the 1960s, Europe’s highest building is being built in Italy’s prosperous North. At the other end of the country, young speleologists explore Europe’s deepest cave in the untouched Calabrian hinterland. The bottom of the Bifurto Abyss, 700 meters below ground, is reached for the first time. The intruders’ venture goes unnoticed by the inhabitants of a small neighboring village — but not by the old shepherd of the Pollino plateau whose solitary life begins to interweave with the group’s journey. Another work of nearly wordless organic beauty that touches on the mystical from the visionary director of LE QUATTRO VOLTE, Michelangelo Frammartino’s IL BUCO chronicles a visit through unknown depths of life and nature — and parallels two great voyages to the interior.
“It is truly a cinematic achievement, a film that we believe should be seen on the biggest screen possible. It is an experience you must have in the theater…. A beautiful meditation on life and man's relationship with nature and mortality. I had a transcendent experience.” —Chloe Zhao "Where nature, the universe, and humans converge…. A mystical cinematic experience.” —Bong Joon Ho “A quiet, intense, almost overwhelmingly beautiful meditation on life, death, human curiosity and the unfathomable power of nature.” —A.O. Scott, New York Times “Breathtaking. Visually stunning. A masterful work of sound and sight. An immersive experience.” —Lovia Gyarke, Hollywood Reporter