La veduta luminosa

The Luminous View
The spider’s web is tailor-made for the fly’s eye, says Mr. Emmer in a moment of levity. The strands of the web are spun in such a way that they remain invisible to the compound eye. The fly flies unsuspectingly into disaster.
La veduta luminosa is itself something of a web that comes to envelop the viewer – not blindly like the fly, but bewitched by the images, composed of blurred or sharply rendered surfaces, hazy and iridescent. We quickly become aware that the protagonist here is someone whose best days are behind him: the brilliant artist who is unconcerned with the need for social niceties. His name is Mr. Emmer, and his assistant’s role is an unenviable one. The two of them are in the car on their way to Tübingen, where a film project awaits. It’s about German poet Hölderlin, who succumbed to insanity and kept writing anyway. The obstacles along the way are the Alps, the forest and Mr. Emmer’s general state of health.
The trip thus leads into a dead end, and the eyes see – depending on how the light falls – either a requiem for the prototypical personality of the brilliant artist – or its dissection.
by Fabrizio Ferraro
with Alessandro Carlini, Catarina Wallenstein, Freddy Paul Grunert
Italy / Spain 2021 Italian, English 88’ Colour

Part of the Berlinale Summer Special


  • Alessandro Carlini
  • Catarina Wallenstein
  • Freddy Paul Grunert


Written and Directed by Fabrizio Ferraro
Cinematography Fabrizio Ferraro
Editing Fabrizio Ferraro
Sound Design Simone Frati
Sound Simone Frati
Production Design Federica Formaggi
Costumes Federica Formaggi
Assistant Director Felice D'Agostino
Production Manager Fabio Fusco
Executive Producer Fabio Parente
Producers Marta Reggio, Fabrizio Ferraro, Marcello Fagiani
Co-Producer Luis Miñarro
Co-Production Eddie Saeta Barcelona
Rai Cinema Rom

Produced by


Fabrizio Ferraro

Born in 1974 in Rome, Italy. He has made twelve documentaries and features since 2006, many of which were shown at major European festivals, most recently Gli Indesiderati d’Europa (2018) and Checkpoint Berlin (2020).


2008 Tetralogia di film-studio sull’amatorialità; 4 x 60 min. 2009 Je suis Simone – La condition ouvrière; 82 min. 2010 Piano sul pianeta – Malgrado tutto, coraggio Francesco!; 80 min. 2011 Ethos (verrà presto il giorno in cui gli attori e le attrici non crederanno più che le loro maschere e i loro costumi siano essi stessi); 30 min. · Penultimo Paesaggio; 114 min. 2013 Quattro notti di uno straniero; 90 min. 2015 Quando dal cielo; 95 min. 2016 Sebastian0; 90 min. 2017 Colossale Sentimento; 83 min. 2018 Gli Indesiderati d’Europa (Les Unwanted de Europa); 112 min. 2020 Checkpoint Berlin; 62 min.

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2021