BEBETO by Matteo Zoppis & Alessio Rigo de Righi
Issue 04, p.84
A few kilometres from Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is a piazza bearing the same name yet the two are not connected in any way. The piazza, though an island surrounded by a street, is incomparably serene in contrast to the traffic madness of the Corso – here you can only drive in circles. It’s as if the calmness and peace that the street is missing can be found here. Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II is a mysterious place. In its centre is a locked up garden filled with ruins, cats and a strange door covered in undecipherable hieroglyphic, many attempts have been made to decode the signs but all have failed. The so called Porta Alechemica leads to nowhere, or so it seems, – but perhaps this could be the missing connection to the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II. The filmmakers begin their quest to decipher the oddities they have spotted: parrots that have just recently appeared in Rome. A colony of them lives on one of the Corso’s terraces. Lately parrots have been disappearing. Rumor has it that they vanished through the magic door. Bebeto, one of the parrots, has always been fascinated by the magic door. He seems to be the latest victim.