Several years earlier
in 1960, the Italian sculptor and idealist Clizia, had founded a summer camp for artists
and dreamed of establishing a permanent international community of artists in the village.
A society based on aesthetic values.
On the 40th anniversary of
the founding of Bussana Vecchias international artists community, it is a thriving
community but its artists are still fighting the Italian authorities who over the
past twenty years have issued a series of eviction orders. This documentary chronicles the
compelling story of Bussana Vecchia through the eyes of Elizabeth Wilmots son,
artist and writer Colin Wilmot who has resided in the village since 1966; the community's
founder Clizia and its international residents. There is ample archive footage, and
the artists participate through their paintings, sculptors, music, theatre and visual
montages which are seamlessly interwoven into the story. Many well known artists who have
resided in Bussana Vecchia are featured including Peter Greenaways scenographer
Daniel Harvey, New York underground artist Michael Green and Dutch artist Peter Van Welt
who has just completed a multi-media project with composer Philip Glass.