At Monte Bettolgi quarry in the Apuan Alps of Northwest Italy, huge marble blocks fall like thunder. A silent conductor, the quarry boss, signals to the excavator operators using concise hand gestures as they dislodge the gigantic white chunks of metamorphic rock on his command.
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“Marble quarries are places so unbelievable and striking, they almost feel like they are big theaters or sets… I was so taken by the chief, watching him work,” says Ancarani, who’s film is currently showing as part of Artists’ Films International, a touring program of film, video and animation, at the Whitechapel Gallery in London. “How he can move gigantic marble blocks using enormous excavators, but his own movements are light, precise and determined.”