Eva Giolo

The Demands of Ordinary Devotion


A film constructed based on a game of chance and a collection of encounters in workshops and homes in the city of Rome. Although the protagonists never appear together, they are inextricably bound by their actions — meaning is conveyed through movement and its associated sound, slowly forming a visual exploration of physicality. The Demands of Ordinary Devotion invites a reflection on the process of making, the prospect of motherhood, and uncertainties in creation, balance and composition.

Directed, filmed and edited by Eva Giolo
Produced by elephy
Camera Eva Giolo
Sound design Simonluca Laitempergher
Colourist Lennert de Taeye
Camera Assistant Eva Claus
Assistant Anouk Chambaz , Gadea Burgaz, Antonio Perticara
Text Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching: A Book about the Way and the Power of the Way, trans Ursula K. Le Guin, Boston: Shambhala, 2008.


Sara D’Agati & Elia Libero, Giorgia Di Lorenzo & Agata Salerni, Aline Dupont and Charlie Dupont Fabri, Pauline Hatzigeorgiou and Niko Miyoshi Hatzigeorgiou, Alessia Maurodopulos and Arianna Lanza, Giulia Ruberti and Rosa de Gruyter, Lea Walter and Emma Sila Pennacchia, Eva Claus, Yuichiro Onuma, Nina Vandeweghe. Antica Manifattura Cappeli, Baiocco Laboratorio Artigiano Decorazioni, Biscottificio Artigiano Innocenti, Dolci di Nonna Vincenza, Franco Er Marmista Di Francesco Russo, Nucci Eugenio – Laboratorio Di Argenteria Di Locchi Claudio E C. Snc, Macelleria Orelli, Orto Botanico di Roma, Osteria Da Fortunata, Paralumi Lampshade – Famiglia Gualdani, Paravani Stefano – Laboratorio di mobili in giunco, Pasticceria Cinque Lune, Pietro Filoso – Tornitore, Pizzeria Il Grottino.

This project was made possible with the support of The Vlaams
Audiovisueel Fonds
, Castro Program Rome and elephy.

Collection: Olivier Gevart, BE.

Reviews: “The Demands of Ordinary Devotion is a meditation on care and love, a beautiful riddle of shapes and gestures where creation and labour are playfully celebrated. Shot in majestic 16mm and featuring creators of different kinds – a ceramist, a mother-to-be, a carpenter, a film director – Eva Giolo’s new opus is a much-needed gem of beauty and freshness.” Vision du réel 2022

1 Aug 2024
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