Giacinto Scelsi. The first motion of the immovable

France, Italy, 2018, 80 min.


Sebastiano d'Ayala Valva


Nicolas Lesoult


Sebastiano d'Ayala Valva

Rights Holder

Ramonda Ink SAS


Sebastiano d'Ayala Valva, Olivier Chambon, Marc Aderghal, Thomas Bremond, Stéphane Saporito, Agostino Vertucci, Felice d'Agostino


Les Films de la Butte, Ideacinema

When Sebastiano d’Ayala Valva was 10 years old, his father played him music by his cousin, the composer Giacinto Scelsi. He found it frightening. Now he attempts to penetrate the world of a composer who remained obscure for many years and whose ideas about music and sound were unorthodox. Scelsi, who spent much of his life as a recluse, claimed that his music came to him from the gods. He comes to life through the memories of singers and musicians, in powerful visual associations in which nature often plays a role, in the palm tree in which he’s said to be reincarnated, and in his music that can sometimes sound otherworldly.

2018 IDFA (Netherlands) – International Premiere, Competition for First Appearance, Best First Appearance Award
Torino Film Festival (Italy) – TFFDOC/ITALIANA Section, Special Prize of the Jury
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Sebastiano d'Ayala Valva

Born in London in 1978. Italian-English filmmaker based in France. Studied at the Lycée Français in Rome, graduated from the University of Sussex (International Relations). Later moved to Paris, got an MSc in Political science at the Institute of Political Studies. Since 2005 has written and directed several documentaries for French television.