The trailer for the eagerly anticipated new film The Book Of Vision has been released.
The picture, one that marks the directional debut of Italian filmmaker Carlo Hintermann, also sees the critically acclaimed filmmaker Terrence Malick act as executive producer and stars the likes of Charles Dance, Lotte Verbeek, Sverrir Gudnason, Isolda Dychauk, Filippo Nigro and more.
“Eva, a promising young doctor, leaves her brilliant career to study History of Medicine in a remote university,” the official film synopsis reads. “Now is the time for her to call everything into question: her nature, her body, her illness, and her sealed fate. Johan Anmuth is an 18th Century Prussian physician in perpetual conflict between the rise of rationalism and ancient forms of animism. The Book of Vision is a manuscript that sweeps these two existences up, blending them into a never-ending vortex.
“Far from a proper scientific text, the book contains the hopes, fears, and dreams of more than 1800 patients. Dr. Anmuth truly knew how to listen to his patients, whose spirits still wander through the pages, life and death, merging in a continuous flow. The story of Anmuth and his patients inspire Eva to live her life to the fullest. Nothing expires in its time. Only what you desire is real, not merely what happens.”
Speaking about the project, director Hintermann explained: “The possibility of travelling through time has always fascinated me and it may be why I fell in love with cinema. It allows us to leap into different dimensions of time and space. In The Book of Vision, the time travel is a source of strength, both visually and narratively. I grew up with fantasy films of the ‘80s and ‘90s, such as The Goonies, Labyrinth, The Neverending Story and Back To The Future.
“The mechanism in these films is almost always the same: a door is opened onto an unexpected fantastic dimension. From a visual point of view, both the contemporary part and the past always take into account this ‘door’: every place, every object, every action has an ambiguous value, poised between two dimensions.”
The Book Of Vision has been pencilled it to open the 35th Venice International Film Critic’s Week in September.