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'Oltre lo schermo': a project in partnership with Audiovisiva
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‘Oltre lo schermo’: a project in partnership with Audiovisiva

Categories: Culture and creativity -Cinema and Audio-visual
From 14 June to 25 July 2021, a documentary exhibition dedicated to Italian cinema behind the scenes will be available to the audience of Italian Cultural Institutes around the world.
Audiovisiva. Oltre lo schermo
Audiovisiva. Oltre lo schermo

On the occasion of the fourth edition of Fare Cinema, from 14 June 2021 ‘Oltre lo schermo 15 documentari raccontano il cinema italiano dietro le quinte’, (Oltre lo schermo. 15 documentaries celebrate Italian cinema behind the scenes) kicks off, the exhibition dedicated to film making trades, promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, designed and produced by Audiovisiva, the new on-demand streaming platform that makes the best documentaries on the protagonists and iconic stories of Italian culture available to an international audience.

The 15 films in the programme will be available free of charge to international audiences, until 25 July 2021, through the network of the 82 Italian Cultural Institutes around the world and, here, on the italiana portal, with subtitles in Italian, hearing-impaired Italian, English, French and Spanish.

An exciting journey ‘beyond the screen’ of Italian and international film productions of the last seventy years. Alongside the most famous directors – from Luchino Visconti to Lina Wertmüller, from Francesco Rosi to Giuliano Montaldo – the documentaries shine the spotlight on roles and professionals wrongly kept under the radar, and without whom the magic of film would not be possible, today as in the past.

How to watch.

From June 14, 2021:

Click here to register for free access to the films in the programme.

100 admissions are available per Institute and for italiana subject to availability.

Once registered, the 15 documentaries in the exhibition will remain available for viewing until 25 July 2021. All the information and synopses of the films are available in Italian, English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic and Chinese.

Get a sneak preview here

The 15 films exhibited.

  • ‘Alida’ by Mimmo Verdesca, 2020
  • ‘Handmade Cinema’ by Guido Torlonia, 2012
  • ‘The hidden angels of Luchino Visconti’ by Silvia Giulietti, 2007
  • ‘Water and sugar. Carlo di Palma, the Colours of Life’ by Fariborz Kamkari, 2016
  • ‘Behind the white glasses’ by Valerio Ruiz, 2015
  • ‘Citizen Rosi’ by Didi Gnocchi and Carolina Rosi, 2019
  • ‘The Legal Death. Giuliano Montaldo talks about the film Sacco and Vanzetti’ by Silvia Giulietti and Giotto Barbieri, 2018
  • ‘I ragazzi della Panaria’ (The boys of Panaria) by Nello Correale, 2004
  • ‘L’ultimo gattopardo. Ritratto di Goffredo Lombardo’ (The last leopard. Portrait of Goffredo Lombardo) by Giuseppe Tornatore, 2010
  • ‘Segretarie. Una vita per il cinema’ (Personal assistants. A life for film) by Raffaele Rago and Daniela Masciale, 2019
  • ‘Flaiano. Il meglio è passato’ (Flaiano. The best is over) by Giancarlo Rolandi and Steve Della Casa, 2010
  • ‘Un amico magico. Il maestro Nino Rota’ (One magical friend. The Maestro Nino Rota) by Mario Monicelli, 1994
  • ‘Dante Ferretti. Production Designer’ by Gianfranco Giagni, 2010
  • ‘L’abito e il volto. Incontro con Piero Tosi’ (The dress and the face. Meeting with Piero Tosi) by Francesco Costabile, 2008
  • ‘As Time Goes by. The Man Who Painted Dreams’ by Simone Aleandri, 2018

There will be Oscar winners such as set designer Dante Ferretti and maestro Nino Rota, composer of legendary music. We will see stagehands, seamstresses, carpenters, painters and sculptors at work in the warehouses and workshops of Cinecittà, as well as artists who have devoted their lives to designing film posters, such as Silvano Campeggi, who flew to Los Angeles to portray the legendary Marilyn Monroe. We will hear Giuliano Montaldo talk about the genesis of ‘Sacco e Vanzetti’, amidst difficulties and incredible twists and turns, such as the meeting between Joan Baez and Ennio Morricone, who in a few hours recorded ‘Here’s to You’, the ballad that became the manifesto of an entire generation.

We will be able to take a closer look at the tempestuous bond of friendship and mutual admiration that bound Federico Fellini and Ennio Flaiano or get to know Piero Tosi, who has dressed the greatest divas of all time, from Claudia Cardinale to Silvana Mangano. Through anecdotes, comments and reflections from the most prestigious figures in world cinema, we will discover the legendary cinematographer and director Carlo Di Palma. And we will be captivated by the string of testimonies collected by Giuseppe Tornatore in his moving documentary on Goffredo Lombardo, the producer who, with Titanus, completely redesigned Italian cinema in the second half of the 20th century.  We can immerse ourselves in one of the most insightful analyses of Italian history through Francesco Rosi‘s civil cinema, get to know Alida Valli, the mother of all actresses according to Giuseppe Bertolucci, or discover the surprising history of Panaria Film, in the words of Francesco Alliata, one of the founders of the small Sicilian production company at the centre of the most famous film scandal of the post-war period, between Hollywood, Rome and the Aeolian islands: the famous war of the volcanoes and its divine protagonists Roberto Rossellini, Anna Magnani and Ingrid Bergman. A roundup of portraits that are a tribute to the beauty, richness, strength and obstinacy of film, the men and women who made it and all those who have loved it and continue to love it.

‘Oltre lo schermo’ is made possible thanks to films licensed by: Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Titanus, Enormous Films, Acek, 3D Produzioni, iFrame, Tipota Movie Company, World Video Production, Baires Produzioni, CSC Production.


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