Céide Fields, documentary film

directed by Davide Gambino in collaboration with Gabriele Gismondi

Documentary film produced by the Fondazione Benetton dedicated to the place designated by the International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens 2018.

Directed by Davide Gambino in collaboration with Gabriele Gismondi.


Céide Fields is a place evoking the origins of cultivated landscapes and a distant past long hidden from our gaze.

The film uses a slow narrative allowing us to observe the apparent invisibility concealing the complex encounter between the overlapping realms of archaeology, agriculture and stock-rearing; of educational practices and of necessary tourist development; and of pressing environmental, climatic and energy concerns.

On the fringes of Europe, on a site by the edge of towering cliffs in north-west Ireland, surrounded by bog land and sheep, we encounter the custodians of this landscape who are finding out more about Neolithic communities and promoting a continuous transgenerational exchange that brings together memory and rural life, past and future.

Through their faces, stories and adventures, the Céide Fields emerge from the marshes and from the millenary layers of peat, and are revealed in all their marvellous complexity and beauty.


Céide Fields

Documentary film16:9 HD / col. / stereophonic sound 2018, 48’

Directed by Davide Gambino in collaboration with Gabriele Gismondi.


Documentary filmproduced by Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricercheas part of the 2018 International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens, coordinated by Patrizia Boschiero, head of the publications department of the Foundation, and Luigi Latini, chair of the Foundation’s Scientific Committee.

With Gretta Byrne (Office of Public Works-OPW), Seamas Caulfield, Martin Downes; and with Susan Callaghan, Declan Caulfield, Fionnan Caulfield, Una Forde, Martin Heffernan, Frank Shalvey (OPW).

Documentary study and treatment: Davide Gambino.

Photography, editing, color grading and sound design: Gabriele Gismondi.

Camerawork: Gabriele Gismondi and Davide Gambino.

Original music: Pino Petraccia (Crisalide and Metamorfosi); arrangements of traditional Irish folk songs: Marco Felicioni (Drowsy Maggie, Scarboro Fair and She Moved Through the Fair) and Peppe Nardone (Adoration and Danny Boy). Performed by Lucia Antonacci: Irish harp; Marco Felicioni: flutes; Peppe Nardone: acoustic guitars; Pino Petraccia: ethnic percussion and kamalengoni. Additional music: Gabriele Gismondi (Juno and February) and Chris Haugen (Tumbleweed Texas).

Reading of Seamus Heaney’s poem Belderg: Seamas Caulfield.

Translations for subtitles: Daniela Gatto, revised by Patrizia Boschiero and Luigi Latini.

Aerial shots: Aerial Stock Ireland.

Drone pilot: David Perry.

Executive production: Ruggero Di Maggio and Davide Gambino for Mon Amour Films srl.

Support in Ireland: Marcus Stewart, Earth Horizon ltd.

Production coordination: Patrizia Boschiero, Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche.