Every year, from January 11th to 18th, the people of Novoli, a small village in Salento (Italy), celebrate Sant’Antonio Abate. There they build a pile of shoots, The Fòcara, that is lit up when liturgical and religious rituals are over, giving hence the start signal to a series of concert, cultural and wine and food meetings: it is the Fòcara Festival that turns from a traditional and religious celebration into an international breath taking event. On this background the voices of Hidetoshi Nagasawa and Emir Kusturica give an exterior point of view on the celebration and on the sane madness of the people.
Gianni De Blasi, while studying at DAMS, worked as assistant director in E. Winspeare's The Miracle produced by Gianluca Arcopinto's Pablo S.r.l. In 2003 he directs an episode for the collective movie A Levante, produced by E. Winspeare and written with Pippo Mezzapesa. In 2008 he graduated in advertising directing at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. He directed and assisted the direction of several short movies, spot, videoclip and backstage (e.g. Mine Vaganti e Allacciate le Cinture di F. Ozpetek).