The Underground Empire [Manuel del Negro, Italy, 2019]


The Underground Empire (2019)

Through stirring imagery and Paolo Franciosi’s poetic narration, director Manuel del Negro tells an epic tale of human progress and how it often is at odds with nature in The Underground Empire.


The film has a huge sense of scope, taking its audience on a journey from ancient forests to the bowels of the Earth itself. The imagery is both evocative and gorgeous, the cinematography and its use of colour being The Underground Empire’s most striking feature. From candlelight playing on the actor