October 9, 1963. It’s a little past 10:30 at night when a huge landslide from the overhanging slope of Monte Toc (about 260 million square meters of rock) crashes into the new artificial basin created by the hydroelectric dam at Vajont. The result, caused by errors of human judgment, is dramatic: a wave 100 meters high, floods over the top of the dam and hurtles down the Piave valley completely destroying Longarone and neighboring areas. There are 1,917 people killed. A film with an international echo, shot and edited with the help of special effects (there are over 250 shots worked in post-production) between Erto and Casso in the province of Pordenone. The two villages were declared national monuments for their mountain architecture, so simple yet extraordinary. This is where the Friulian climber, sculptor and writer Mauro Corona lives.
Pietro Calderoni, Renzo Martinelli
Pierre Auteuil, Michel Serrault, Philippe Leroy, Laura Morante, Leo Gullotta, Anita Caprioli, Mauro Corona, Paolo Maurensig