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The camera looks out from inside a cave.

Il Buco (U)

Directed by: Michelangelo Frammartino
Italy/France/Germany/Italian (English subtitles) (2021)
Friday 24 June 2:30pm - Thursday 30 June 2022 2:15pm
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  • Peak Screenings (after 6pm) £10.50. Concessions £9
  • Off-Peak Screenings (before 6pm) £9. Concessions £8
  • Under 26s £5 all screenings

  • Cast
    Claudia Candusso, Paolo Cossi, Mila Costi


    1 hour and 33 minutes

    Recommended Age:
    U for references to illness, very mild bad language

    The tale the incredible venture of very young speleologists who in 1961 discovered and explored in Calabria the deepest cave in Europe. 

    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 Earth, is reached for the first time. The intruders’ venture goes unnoticed by the inhabitants of a small neighbouring village, but not by the old shepherd of the Pollino plateau whose solitary life begins to interweave with the group’s journey. Il Buco chronicles a visit through unknown depths of life and nature and parallels two great voyages to the interior.

    “It's not quite a documentary, yet nor is it exactly a narrative feature. It lives alone; the cinematic equivalent of a hermit on a mountaintop.”
    Xan Brooks, The Guardian
    A close up of the red cinema chairs and steps

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