The Secret of the Old Woods, originally released as Il segreto del bosco vecchio, is a 1993 Italian fantasy-drama film written, directed and starred by Ermanno Olmi. It is based on the novel with the same name by Dino Buzzati.
The general Sebastiano Procolo lives in a little village in the mountains boundless, in a small wooden house near a dense forest, called the "Old Woods". He is there on behalf of his nephew, owner of the reserve; however the general has the ambition to destroy all the trees in order to enrich. One night he discovers that the forest is inhabited by strange invisible creatures that whisper continually being released to resume again in the power of the ancient forest. Sebastiano initially don't understand the situation, but after as in a dream vision he realizes that these creatures have been imprisoned long ago by himself.