PALE SIGNS OF WARMTH...
…LOSt IN STARLESS SKIES...
...CONCEALED UNDERNEATH HIGH COLONNADES...
...HIDING DISCONNECTED BODIES...
HERE, ALL MORNINGS ARE COLD.
Does it seem that after an exhausting work night at the club we need to walk in the cold?
But you slept the whole way!
Demetra, how are you?
I was not sleeping. I often have long conversations all by myself, and I am so clever that I sometimes don't understand a single word of what I am saying.
Tabata! I lost my will to killâ&#x20AC;Ś
...even if i'm still thirsty.
I have something for you. I knew i'd still find you here.
Here... i have a nurse friend of mine.
Ohh...the bright stars of Ipazia. Do you remember Tabata?
Thanks Tabata. But it's the last time. Now i want to die forever. I can't see the stars from here anymore!
Yes... I remember Pallada's verses. Goodbye Demetra.
"...seeing the virgin's celestial house."
“When I see you I bow down before you and your words…”
"In fact to the sky your every deed is directed..."
"...sacred Ipazia, beauty of words."
" Pure star of wise culture."
Your name is of Aramaic origin. In Greek it stands for gazelle. I accept you in my school, Tabata. I need a gazelle to run between the stars.
A female pupil? You will upset the integralists even more. They already hate you and your philosophy to death!
Your father Teone loved me even if i was just a slave. He gave me you and i don't want to lose you. Plus, Tabata goes along with that strange rat with human eyes. It's another offense!
A man's face is his autobiography. your face, darling, is your work of fiction.
You don't understand Demetra, mother of mine? I quickly understood that Tabata is an immortal. She will remember!
That's enough Aki, come here!
What a horror! A woman, master in math and philosophy. And the people love her!
Come quick, Ipazia is speaking!
Thank you Ipazia, my teacher.
She endangers our power. We have been persecuted too much. It's time we gave them back with interest. Cirillo will take care of it.
Teone, with his dying breath, left her his chair in philosophy. A woman, mind you?
Yes, but she is extraordinary. She speaks with everybody.
Fools, If God had not created woman, he would not have created flowers. I must warn Tabata!
You women, pure maidens, mothers, widows, you must pursue the holy virtues.
First obedience. Then modesty and humility. Be submissive to your husbands.
But right here in Alexandria, pagan women go in squares, rebut the men, turn their libido on.
FALL THE CURSE OF GOD ON THESE DESPICABLE WOMEN!
What is it?
Were you looking for me, teacher?
Yes Tabata, help me!
A flat astrolabe. With this i will calculate the position of the celestial bodies.
SUN, MOON, PLANETS... WE NEED A PIVOT TO MAKE THEM SPIN
Here! With this it will work but...i sense a certain concern in you.
You speak like Demetra.
Demetra hates me but she's right. You have to flee!
Teacher, Alexandria has become a dangerous place. Yesterday they destroyed the synagogue and pillaged the Judeans.
Free yourself from ignorance. We must reach within ourselves and with intellect, with the strictness of geometry, arithmetics, reach virtue, truth. Only this matters!
She's not listening! She's a genius, but she's void of common sense. But women who have common sense are so curiously plain.
t's finished and working. It will be REVOLUTIONARY!
RE-VO-LU-TIONARY! This curler, milady, is phenomenal and bla,bla,bla...
Why the sad face?
Is has taken down the old Assyrian town of Nimrud. Isn't it sad, Pierre?
oh... donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let those crazy integralist ruin your day. I've seen all kinds of things. Believe in old Pierre!
In your case, Pierre, men become old, but they never become good.
They hide behind God's name, to hide their crimes. Everything starts over now, like before...
They destroyed Semiramide's temple!
They burned down the library!
There she is!
Your time has come, prostitute!
Let's finish her!
They're too many. Aki! Bring me my saddlebag!
TIME IS VOLATILE. HATE WILL SPEED IT UP...
She's ours! Curse you!
...A PERFUME WILL STOP IT.
A hex! They saved that witch.
They won't be immobilized for long.
She's hurt. Let's take her home!
Too weak and cowardly. It's time to move the hermits of Tebaide.
But that's uncontrollable folk.
We can't wait anymore.
PARABOLANI MONKS. INFAMOUS PLEBS. ILLITERATES, ASSASSINS, VIOLENT PEOPLE, FANATICS. CAPABLE OF EVERY BARBARITY.
AND WHERE THERE'S IGNORANCE...EVIL IS HIDDEN.
We honor you, Pietro, the Reader.
Our time has come.
We have to flee, Demetra. I won't be able to protect her again.
TABATA! DEMETRA! IPAZIA'S GONE!
Stop! Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happened?
They captured Ipazia. She was butchered alive!
Her body was made to pieces and thrown in the trash.
What are you saying?! She's hurt!
She went out on the street and yelled that her father gave her the chair to teach, not to be hidden!
But i am merciful. I will give you the gift of immortality. Soon Ipazia will be forgotten but you will remember this day forever.
Hello Demetra. I just mauled your daughter's body. But for you i have another destiny in store.
will never understand how Ipazia was conceived with a slave. Teone had horrible taste.
YOU ON THE OTHER HAND WILL BE REMEMBERED IN HELL!
Come here, Tabata. Aki, find some wood. His body must be burned right now. Demetra, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to help you die. You were bit by a vampire. You will have to kill too to survive.
You know, at first I thought to prefer heaven for the climate, hell for the company, but i changed my mind!*
Not even a tomb to mourn her...
...i also want to remember her forever. I will feed on animal blood. It's time we left this century, Aki. We have to go...
Don't look at me!
Don't fill yourself though. We have to be in shape. We're recording the new song. â&#x20AC;Śto lunch! Mind a bite?
After a good dinner one can forgive anybodyâ&#x20AC;Ś even one's own relations.
Viens dans mes bras, Viens dans mon coeur, Viens dans ma vie
Come on Aki, Get in shape or you will never find a wife.
Tu es mon esprit, Tu es mon courage Ma fortitude
...when i can make a lot of them happy. Why must i make one unhappy...
Viens écoutes c’est moi Je viens te sauver
Viens écoutes c’est moi La femme que tu cherchais
La femme de tes désirs
Viens écoutes c’est moi
Je viens pour tes plaisirs
Viens écoutes c’est moi
Get up Demetra. It's time to leave!
J’ai envie de tes désirs
She's not getting up!
Viens danser avec moi J’ai envie de tes sourires
What's happening? Looks like dust.
Viens danser avec moi
Viens danser avec moi. Je suis ton courage. Viens danser avec moi
Je suis ta fortitude.
INSPIRING MUSE: Barbara Delmastro Meoni SCRIPT AND CONCEPT: Nico Vassallo ART, COLOR AND LETTERING: Elena Bia PRESS OFFICE: Francesca Lovatelli Caetani RESEARCH : Jacopo Maria Vassallo COLLABORATION: Helen Alterio WEB MASTER: Gianfranco Goria ENGLISH TRANSLATION: Burlacu Razvan George "VIENS ICI” LYRICS : Giuseppe Zuppone MEDIA PARTNER: www.afnews.info
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