"Punta Linke. The memory", winner of the Premio Aquileia (Aquileia Prize)
A short trailer of the documentary film by director Paolo Chiodarelli
After participating in the Trento Film Festival and Rovereto’s International Festival of Archaeological Cinema, the documentary Punta Linke: The Memory by director Paolo Chiodarelli has won first prize at the sixth Aquileia Film Festival. More than three thousand spectators attended the final night of the Festival, held between July 29 and 31 in the ancient Roman city of the northern Adriatic. The film was awarded the prize by SAP Società Archeologica and the Ufficio Beni Archeologici della Soprintendenza per i Beni Culturali (Archaeological Heritage Office of the Department for Cultural Heritage) of the Autonomous Province of Trento.
Punta Linke: The Memory retraces the steps of research carried out by a multidisciplinary team of archaeologists, geologists, guides and restorers at Punta Linke. Here in the Ortler Range, at 3629 metres above sea level, the retreat of glaciers has revealed structures and materials from the Great War. Among these is an Austro-Hungarian cableway which connected Cogolo Pejo with Cima Vioz, Punta Linke and the posts on the Coston delle Barache Brusade, which guaranteed supplies to one of the highest points of the front. The delicate recovery work of this important evidence from the Great War was the focus of a project conducted by the Ufficio Beni Archeologici of the Provincia Autonoma di Trento in collaboration with the museum “Pejo 1914-1918: the War at the Door museum”.
The project led to the opening of the site last summer, an extraordinary place of commemoration, and the highest in Europe. This year, thanks to good weather and favourable hiking conditions in the mountains, there have been numerous visitors, who reached Rifugio Vioz Mantova from Pejo and then the site of Punta Linke.
Walking through the tunnel, freed from the ice that imprisoned it for one hundred years, you enter spaces and environments where soldiers and cableway operators were forced to live in extreme conditions. Then you can take in the immensity of the Forni glacier, which invites you to reflect on one of the most tragic and absurd pages in the history of man, for an experience that remains imprinted on the memory.
The Archaeological Heritage Office belongs to the Department for Cultural Heritage of the Autonomous Province of Trento