You probably didn’t wake up this morning expecting to spend part of your precious day watching marble being extracted from a quarry. But, then again, it’s Monday, and you haven’t seen Il Capo.
The film was directed by Italian artist and filmmaker Yuri Ancarani, who spent a year on Monte Bettolgi in the Apuan Alps of Italy observing the painstaking process behind one of the world’s most sought-after building materials. Named for the man who stands at the forefront of the excavation, Il Capo (“The Chief”) orchestrates the complicated labour as deftly as a symphony conductor.
Using high exposure and amazing filters, Ancarani captures the ethereal, intricate details in the slabs of marble, the enormous quarry, and the surrounding crystal blue water. Seeing these gargantuan 20-ton blocks of marble fall delicately into cushioning piles of rubble is weirdly calming and serene, making it the perfect video to watch during all those hella boring meetings currently populating your Outlook calendar.