In 1961, a group of courageous speleologists set off on an expedition to the unspoilt Italian region of Calabria. Hidden in the Pollino mountains lies an uncharted cave. For the first time they explore the bottom of the no less than seven hundred metre deep hole, the Abisso del Bifurto. Observed by an old shepherd, the scientists slowly descend into the dark abyss. Where the shepherd knows the area like the back of his hand, they literally grope in the dark. By throwing pebbles and burning paper down, they try to see and hear how deep the abyss is.
In Il buco, director Michelangelo Frammartino (Le quattro volte) masterfully recreates an expedition to the bowels of the earth, a place where time stands still and man and nature merge. But above all, this extraordinary film is a visual homage to the beauty of the Calabrian landscape. Il buco was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival.