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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

L’Invenzione Di Morel

Fortnight 1974, Feature film, 1h50


Jorge Luis Borgès gave the perfect definition of the plot of Adolfo Bioy Casares’s novel « L’Invenzione Di Morel ». The construction of a perfect plot, circular and rich in metaphorical references, was my main point of interest. I only started to really think about making a film out of it when I considered two things :
First, the book is an inner monologue which gets more objectivity in a diary kept by the hero of the story itself. But what interested me was actually to tell the story objectively, without using literary element in the script, like the inner monologue, the off screen voice, the diary, etc. After obssessively checking the structure of the story, I concluded that this changes were possible and really allowed a better understanding of the strange and mysterious facts.
Second, how it was possible to translate the story in our reality, purposely giving it a non religious transcendence that would be less comforting and as dialectical as possible.
Emidio Greco


Emidio Greco

Born in 1938, he graduated from the Cinematography Experimental Center in 1966. He directed several shows for the Italian television cultural sections.

Anna Karina
Giulio Brogi
John Steiner

Andrea Barbato, Emidio Greco d’après Adolfo Bioy Casares

Silvano Ippoliti


Title in Original Version : L'Invention de Morel