The tree of the wooden clogs

This film received the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Festival in 1978, its director was Ermanno Olmi. It is an epic portrait of peasant life in late 19th century Italy. Olmi presents a year in the lives, charting their daily activities in the natural flow of existence: birth, marriage, death and the trials and tribulations in between. The 3 hour film uses mostly only amateur actors from the Bergamo region, it has very little plot as such.
Commentators have rightly called it the apotheosis of Italian cinema’s neo realism movement, which always has fascinated me as it addresses truly existential issues.
The ideas behind this film become apparent in the interview with Olmi.