We are finishing the shooting of Giovanni Pellegrini's documentary "Venezia liquida" produced by Ginko Film with the contribution of Veneto Region. Venice seen by water in its living and authentic form, beyond the formatted image of the postcards. A journey to see how Venetians are facing the threats that are putting at risk the city’s very survival: climate change and mass tourism.


The shooting of the documentary has continued for many years and has almost come to an end. Your contribution is essential to close the project: with the budget collected we will finish documenting the impact that tourist emptying - caused by the Coronavirus emergency - had on the city and we will cover the post production costs of the film: editing, color correction, sound design and music creation.

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“Liquid Venice” explores the effects of climate change and mass tourism on a fragile place like Venice. The struggle to face these threats is narrated through the life of some Venetians who daily live the city’s canals and lagoon with their boats. The usual Venetian wonders known so well to the world do not appear in the film. Instead there is a series of “ordinary” stories, which become “extraordinary” due to their daily contact with water.

Narrated through a high-value cinematic language, without the use of interviews or voice over, the protagonists’ lives provide the audience with the emblematic value of Venice’s situation, a key to understanding one of the issues of our times, with more and more countries facing climate change and going down the road of mass tourism. In Venice the effects of climate change have shown their dramatic effects on last November when the city suffered the second highest flood of its history, a disaster whose long terms effects on its artistic and social heritage haven’t been completely estimated yet. The other threat which is menacing Venice is mass tourism. Due to the touristic industry many houses have been transformed in hotels and b&b, contributing to the loss of inhabitants, now down to 50,000 people, 100,000 less than 70 years’ ago, with the consequent disappearance of many of the city’s crafts and traditions.

The stories that overlap in the documentary represent both a narrative about Venice today and an analysis of the city’s possible futures: the life of Giorgio, the fisherman, represents a kind of Venetian “origins”; the work of Giulio, the restorer, bears witness to the city’s conversion to tourism; the reflections of the biologist, Michele, show parallels between the animal world and human society; the shipwright, Nicola, demonstrates a desire for a new start.