ROMA CAPUT AVIUM 48 min, English


written and directed by Francesco Petretti

Birds have always held a special place in the history of Rome, ever since they indicated the place where Romulus should found the city.It was by observing the flight of cranes that the first king of Rome knew that it was on the Palatine hill, on the banks of the Tiber, where the gods wanted to site the city that was to dominate the Ancient World. A lot of water has passed under the bridges of the River Tiber since then, but the birds continue to be a living, even intrusive, presence. Gulls, Crows, Starlings,Pigeons, Parrots, Cormorants… It could be said that Rome is in the hands, or rather in the claws, of the birds.

Among the hundreds of different species of birds that live more or less regularly in Rome, two compete for the title of rulers of the city.The Herring Gull and the Hooded Crow.Two birds in black and white, and we will witness a fight to the last feather that will in the end decide which of them will eventually take over the city.