Barbara Di Mattia (Amy Atkinson)Germano Di Mattia (Richard Keppel Craven)Anna Hurkmans (Anne Mc Donnell)Giuseppe Lorin (Edward Lear)
Germano Di Mattia
The documentary film is inspired by the travel diaries of British artists who visited our lands in 1800 and early years of 1900 (Edward Lear, Richard Keppel Craven, Anne Mac Donnell and Amy Atkinson) to tell the story and legends of a lake which doesn't still exist: the lake Fucino. "Once upon a time Lake Fucino" is dedicated to Marija Gimbutas, a Lithuanian archaeologist who, for her entirely innovative theories and discoveries, was ostracized and denigrated or, worse, not considered. She devoted her life to seeking evidence to show the world how useless it was to hide pieces of history and the true story of women and, in a sense, of the whole of humanity. The film tells the legend of the goddesses of Abruzzo, Angizia and Circe, of the cult of the snakes, of Lake Fucino where the Marsi lived. They were the people the Romans could not subjugate - "Nec sine Marsis nec contra Marsos triumphari posse", they said that "In battle, without Marsi or against them, Rome could not triumph." The Marsi were mighty and in Marsica, indeed, the special departments of the Roman empire were selected. Clearly the Marsi were not simply warriors, but priests, magicians and healers, because they knew herbs and poisons.