A trilogy about men, smartphones, and mountains.
The Partisan is an event-based mockumentary in 3 chapters, each consisting of 6 episodes. Every episode is 5-minute long, for a total of 90 minutes of smartphone video-editing.
The three chapters represent hell, purgatory, and paradise.
Like in Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy (although this smartphone production claims no divinity at all), it tells the intimate journey of a man from the brink of self-annihilation to the catharsis of self-awareness.
This personal journey is actually a wider metaphor of the world political situation in the aftermath of the digital revolution, which creates amazing creative opportunities, such as making a whole motion picture using only a smartphone, but also huge destructive tensions, such as the radical division between friends and enemies.
Inspired by the concept of the political, from German philosopher Carl Schmitt’s Theory of the partisan, this unconventional documentary points out that individual moans are meaningless, compared to the power of nature or technology, and that love – in the end – is the only thing, which human beings really need.
Ciak, the most popular film magazine in Italy, acclaimed the “touching and extraordinary 30 minutes” of The Partisan – chapter 1.
HELLChapter 01 – 2016
August 2016 – The Public Coz [TPC] goes looking for memories of his family on the Alpes between Italy and Austria, but his heart is broken.
He takes his smartphone and a copy of Carl Schmitt’s “Theory of the Partisan” with him. He challenges himself to climb a mountain daily and, at the same time, to film the beauty around and to finish editing a 5-min video by night.
PURGATORYChapter 02 – 2017
In chapter 2, The Public Coz is ready to put an end to the war, which he had experienced the previous year.
After losing a friend, he starts wondering if this is the kind of person, who would really suit his revolutionary ambitions. Being a great fan of Werner Herzog, he decides to reach the same mountains and to start looking for his Klaus Kinsky, Herzog’s best enemy.
PARADISEChapter 02 – 2018
In chapter 3, a guide finally appears to enlighten the partisan’s dark path.
It’s the Senior Coz, in the role of Saint Peter, who takes the place of Beatrice and leads the partisan to salvation.
The Public Coz can finally turn into The Rocket Coz.
3 years of work for a 90-minute motion picture.
100% filmed with a Samsung S6 and S7 (with the aerial support of a Mavic Air, the top drone from DJI).
100% edited with the app Vivavideo for Android.