In the early 20th century, Belgian inventor and entrepreneur Ernest Solvay dropped anchor on a small coastal strip in Tuscany, South of Livorno. The abundance of raw material for making sodium carbonate led him to found a big factory that would change forever the history of the region. Solvay wanted to implement an ambitious process, not only on industrial level but also in terms of the architecture and city planning. His efforts gave rise to an extraordinary company town, a city that was conceived to meet the company needs and at the same time to satisfy the community necessities, i.e. the Solvay workers and their families. In 1917 the original urban dwelling changed its name in Rosignano Solvay.
The film narrates the story of this industrial adventure from an historical, architectural, and social, perspectives, through interviews with experts and with common people who live in the city and worked for the company. The result is the portrait of a city at a crossroads, marked by a glorious past making the pride of its citizens, an uncertain present experiencing a deep transition, and a future that is yet to be invented.
The film is introduced by the directors.