A Rite on the Run: the Blùmari of Benecija


2015 / 10 minutes

Directed by
Michele Trentini
Country of production
Carnival King of Europe

In the Slovenian-speaking Italian Benecija, the Blùmari run across the village fields once a year, just like the Arval Brethren of ancient Rome.

This film is part of Carnival King of Europe DVD 4 SPEEDING THE PLOUGH. An old plough is the protagonist of the ancient masquerade in a number of European settings, where some explicit reference to ancient agrarian rituals is brought into play.

Films included in DVD 4: A Rite on the Run: the Blùmari of Benecija (10 minutes), One day in Lancova Vas (9 minutes), One day in Chelnik (13:30 minutes), A good day in Sharnford. God Speed the Plough! (14 minutes), Speeding the Plough in Stilfs (21:30 minutes), The Sacred Thresh (18 minutes).

South-East Europe
Folklore Festivals / Carnival