Some images shot years ago, a suitcase full of mouldy papers: letters and poems that tell of a very singular life, an irreducible otherness. The Invisible Things starts from these elements to investigate the mystery of Duilio von Kiralyi’s life, the last descendant of a European cosmopolitan aristocracy that no longer exists. A vagabond, a poet, a ghost.

As in a detective story, Duilio appears in distant places and times in Italy, Germany, France and Spain, involved in some episodes of European history in the second half of the 20th century. A beautiful woman, a haute couture model in nazi-occupied Paris, is brutally murdered and reappears transfigured in a novel by Patrick Modiano. An idealistic and furious man dies by drowning in the Loire while trying to cross it in a canoe with everything he owned: his books and some Bach records. A Sicilian nobleman leaves for India to meet Gandhi and, back in Europe, creates a community based on nonviolence.

Duilio’s poetry guides us on this journey through space, time and the interiority of a man at war with his world. His lyrical vision of nature allows us to relive the ecstasy and harshness of a life exposed to wonder and weather. His symbolism hints at the shadows and traumas of his past, the complexity of his gaze wanders on the borderline between lucidity and madness.

The director undertakes this journey to reconstruct the fragmentary geography of his poet friend and, like a detective, follows his tracks in an attempt to grasp, through the film, the essence of a life in constant flight. After countless closed doors, mirages and temporary revelations, he comes to understand that «something continues to vibrate after our passage: we are nothing, but waves pass through us, sometimes faintly, sometimes more strongly, until all these echoes scattered in the air crystallise and, for a moment, we are it» (Patrick Modiano).