TITLE: A WATCH MAN, 8′
STORY BY: Silvia Zanardi and Naù Germoglio
FILM DIRECTOR: Naù Germoglio
EDITOR: Susanna Nasti
MUSIC BY: Michele Fazio with “L’Acrobata” and “Over the Rainbow”
WATCH MAN: Amanzio Solari
WATCHMAKER: Renzo Martin
OVERVIEW: Amanzio Solari is a former worker of the famous “Fratelli Solari” Italian watch factory, established back in the Eighteenth Century in Pesariis, a small town in the mountains of Friuli Venezia Giulia region. His passion for watchmaking, and that of many other Solari retirees, keeps the story of such a fascinating forge of inventions alive. The business of Fratelli Solari Factory is still active to this day and specializes in the construction of digital clocks and displays: precisely the ones that we rapidly consult when we are at the train station or the airport.
Pesariis, that today counts 178 inhabitants, gives the name to the enchanting Val Pesarina, the so called “Valley of Time”, and the traces of its 400 year old history are wonderfully displayed in a suggestive monumental time-measuring machine walk. The village hosts 14 machines, between monumental clocks and sundials. The same retired workers of the Fratelli Solari factory built these original and priceless pieces of art that decorate the town streets.
The long story of Pesariis and of the Val Pesarina artisans is also narrated in the Clock Museum, where you can find ancient time-measuring devices on display, from the very first pendulum clocks to tower ones, with the related illustrated evolution from the 1700s to 1950.
PESARIIS, ITALY, 2015