Greenery Will Bloom Again: Ermano Olmi’s Return to Filmmaking

“Greenery Will Bloom Again” world premiered in February at the 2015 Berlin Film Fest.

Variety Assessment

As the son of a WWI vet, Ermano Olmi has a personal connection to the “war to end all wars.” Perhaps that’s why his “Greenery Will Bloom Again” is so reverential–reverential to the point of being frozen. Beautifully lensed scenes in the snow-covered trenches of northern Italy testify to the master’s 55 years in the director’s chair. Yet this unexpected return to feature filmma, set among a company of soldiers battered by Austrian shelling, lacks the fullness of vision that graced “The Profession of Arms.”