Since Giorgio Bassani’s book ‘The Garden of the Finzi-Continis’ was published in 1962 and later was adapted to an Oscar winning film by Vittorio De Sica, people from all over the world come to Ferrara to look for this garden.
‘The Garden of the Finzi-Continis’ tells the story of the unfulfilled love between two young Jews from Ferrara, Giorgio and Micol. When the fascist racial laws are enacted in the late 30’s, they create a safe haven within the walls of the Finzi Continis’ garden – a refuge from the rapidly changing reality.
The documentary ‘The Garden that doesn’t exist’ follows the people whose lives were touched by the book and who carry the garden in their hearts. The film explores the myths and the reasons that attract people to this locus amoenus, an imaginary parallel world we create in order to deal with the chaos of the reality outside.
Today, when the world is experiencing another wave of nationalism, fear and intolerance, the quest for our own ‘Garden of the Finzi Continis’ has become more relevant than ever.