On warm summer evenings, the stories that intertwine between the waves of the sea and the rocks of Vieste find new life. We took on a creative challenge that brought the romantic legend of Pizzomunno and Cristalda to transform into an animated fairy tale, a modern homage that enchants both adults and children.
The legend, which speaks of love, sacrifice and marine enchantment, resonates within the walls and alleys of our Vieste. In the heart of this narrative, the young and strong fisherman Pizzomunno and his beloved Cristalda become protagonists of illustrations that seem to come directly from Pixar studios.
The key scenes of the story have been recreated as if they were scenes from an animated film, from the meeting between Pizzomunno and the seductive mermaids to the full moon nights in which the love between the two young people seems suspended between dream and reality. And then, the dramatic moment in which Cristalda is dragged into the depths of the sea, followed by the supreme sacrifice of Pizzomunno, who is petrified in the eternal wait for the return of her beloved.
This project, which combines local narrative tradition with the innovation of visual storytelling, is a splendid example of how our stories can span the centuries and continue to enchant. Artificial intelligence technology merges with folklore to give a new dimension to one of Vieste's most beloved legends.
The images, rich in details and vibrant colours, are an invitation to rediscover the magic of our places and our stories. This work is a bridge between generations, a way for younger people to connect with the past and for adults to dream again.