Ariaferma (Still Air), starring Toni Servillo and Silvio Orlando, is a new film directed by Leonardo Di Costanzo presented out-of-competition at the Venice Film Biennale of 2021.
Originally from Ischia, the director studied documentary cinema at France’s Ateliers Varan. He mainly deals with social and human problems, which often have no definitive solutions but do open up worlds of possibility and spaces for careful reflection.
In 2003, he released A scuola (At School), set in the Nino Cortese Middle School in the Pazzigno district of Naples. It won the Academy of Italian Cinema David di Donatello Award for Best Documentary. Its underlying theme was the importance of teaching in the most deprived neighborhoods that are starved of the presence of institutions.
The film showed how this important work can be the only fragile hope for those whose destiny is almost certainly marked by both material and cultural poverty.