Il Buco

Michelangelo Frammartino
93 minutes


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 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.


One of the Ten Best Movies of 2022. A rapturous, quietly hypnotic film.” – Time Magazine

"A mystical cinematic experience.... Where nature, the universe, and humans converge.” — Bong Joon Ho

“Quiet, intense, almost overwhelmingly beautiful.” — A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“Breathtaking. The mere existence of these shots is remarkable. The resplendence of the cave sequences must be seen to be believed.” — Forrest Cardamenis, Reverse Shot