Céide Fields (2018, 47′)
Documentary film produced by Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche
dedicated to the designated site of the 2018 International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens.
Céide Fields is a place telling of the origins of cultivated landscapes and of a distant past that has long been concealed from our gaze.
The film uses a narrative perspective allowing us to observe the apparent invisibility concealing the overlapping realms of archaeology, agriculture and stock-rearing; of educational practices and of necessary tourist development; and of pressing environmental, climatic and energy concerns.
On the fringes of Europe, on a site by the edge of towering cliffs in north-west Ireland, surrounded by bogland and sheep, we encounter the custodians of this landscape who are finding out more about Neolithic communities and promoting a continuous transgenerational exchange that brings together memory and rural life, past and future.
Through their faces, stories and adventures, the Céide Fields emerge from the marshes and from the millenary layers of peat, and are revealed in all their marvellous complexity and beauty.
With Gretta Byrne (OPW), Seamas Caulfield, Martin Downes;
and with Susan Callaghan, Declan Caulfield, Fionnan Caulfield,
Una Forde, Martin Heffernan, and Frank Shalvey (OPW).
Film made in the context of the International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens, coordinated by Patrizia Boschiero and Luigi Latini, Scientific Committee of the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche.
Documentary study and treatment: Davide Gambino.
Photography, editing, colour grading and sound design: Gabriele Gismondi.
Camerawork: Gabriele Gismondi and Davide Gambino
Music: Pino Petraccia