The “Pugnaloni” of Acquapendente

PandatariafilmThe “Pugnaloni” of Acquapendente

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“Pugnaloni” is the name given locally to large traditional mosaics made up of flowers and leaves, inspired by the universal theme of freedom that overcomes all forms of oppression. These “ flower mosaics” are usually made to celebrate the Festival of the “Madonna del Fiore”, which is celebrated every year on the third Sunday in May. It is a very ancient tradition that dates back to one of the village’s most important historical events: the liberation from the tyrannical domination of Frederick Barbarossa in 1166. Every year on May 20th , the streets and squares of the old town of Acquapendente, in the province of Viterbo, are filled with the colours of nature when the town’s inhabitants display their skill and creativity in the wonderful works of art arranged along the roads. The blue of the fleur-de-lis, the orange of the calendulas and the green of the ivy help to give even greater importance to the theme of freedom which inspired these master pieces in the first place. The documentary is divided into several phases: the collecting of the leaves, the flower presentation at the museum, preparing the design, the application of the leaves and the various types of fixture, the careful choice of the right kind of flowers that best suit the design, the last night of tension and joy as the flower petals are arranged, the opinions, the doubts, the fervour and the fatigue. And finally it’s the big day, it’s Sunday , and the big “pugnaloni” are brought out, put together and displayed in the main square. Everyone waits for the award ceremony that takes place in the evenin among fireworks, cries of joy and songs.

  • Duration: 25′
  • Series: Sguardi dall’ Italia
  • Episode: 6
  • Direction: Andrea Quero – Eugenio Catalani
  • Languages: Italian/English
  • Production Company: San Polo Produzioni
  • Year of Production: 2012
  • Format: HD 1920×1080 PAL
  • Ownership of Rights: PandatariaFilm srl

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