Master documentary-maker Folco Quilici takes us to a Polynesian paradise in an intoxicating and nevermore relevant environmental fairytale
Folco Quilici was the greatest ever Italian documentary-maker (and one of best in the world), animated by an incessant spirit for adventure and always ready to explore the precious and precarious links between mankind and the natural environment. An attitude that was also apparent in his incursions into fiction film, one of the best example of which is undoubtedly Ti-Koyo. Based on a novel by Clement Richer and adapted for the cinema by Italo Calvino, the film was shot in the paradise on earth of the Tuamotu Archipelago (French Polynesia). It is a visually stunning environmental fairytale, a heartfelt call for respect and friendship to fight against the deadly menace of greed and profit. Full of beauty and justice that time has in no way diminished.
On a Pacific island, a young boy and a shark are friends. Over the years, their friendship gets ever stronger. The boy and the shark help each other to collect oysters with pearls inside them. But they will come up against some unscrupulous characters.