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9 x 10 Novanta
- Alice Rohrwacher
The Istituto Luce turned ninety in 2014, its decades-long history intertwined with that of Italy itself, through cinema and that unique treasure trove of images known to all as the Luce Archives. To celebrate its anniversary, some of the most acclaimed rising filmmakers in Italy were invited to make a small film, with each director selecting ten minutes of footage from the archives, out of the thousands of hours of footage to be found there. The result is an album full of different narratives. The film footage speaks of the outbreak of war, implorations of peace; building collapses and reconstruction; recollections of (possibly) lost landscapes, and lost realities; miracles, superstitions and dreams. It's a weave of themes: women's rights, sexuality, the meaning of a song, the Moon, in the form of fairy tales or diaries, pseudo-history or poetry; the words of great writers alongside the voices of the man on the street; starring real people, historical figures, and characters made up out of thin air. A diverse picture, a combinatorial game of intersecting moves, contrasts and analogies, with one common thread: those images from the Archives. Or possibly something else as well: there's much talk of, and many glimpses of, something you could call Italy. Not the Italy in history books, but Italy as it is (or isn't) today, seen through sequences often filmed when our nine directors weren't even born. Present-day Italy through images from its past.
- Marco Bonfanti
- Claudio Giovannesi
- Alina Marazzi
- Pietro Marcello and Sara Fgaier
- Giovanni Piperno
- Costanza Quatriglio
- Paola Randi
- Alice Rohrwacher
- Roland Sejko
- Angelo Musciagna
- Patrizia Penzo
- Andrea Guerra
- ISTITUTO LUCE CINECITTA SRL.
- ISTITUTO LUCE CINECITTA SRL.
I tried to depict the present around me, those remnants that come from a past world, while the nostalgia of the 20th century is represented by archive footage, films by both professionals and amateurs, Genoans who go back many generations. My perspective on the present is that of a foreigner talking about what he sees from the window, the perspective on the past and on History is represented by the Genoans who silently recounted it through a camera lens.
He made his directorial debut in 2003 with the shorts CARTA and SCAMPIA. The following year, IL CANTIERE won at the Festival Libero Bizzarri. In 2005, LA BARACCA won the Audience Prize at Videopolis. CROSSING THE LINE was shown at the Venice Film Festival in 2007, in the Orizzonti section; it won the Pasinetti Award and a Special Mention Doc/it. THE MOUTH OF THE WOLF (2009) won at the Turin Film Festival and, in 2010, the Forum and Teddy Bear awards for Best Documentary at the Berlin Film Festival, a David di Donatello and a Nastro d'Argento, Internantional Jury Prize - Cinéma du Réel, at the Buenos Aires Film Festival. In 2011 he made PELESJAN'S SILENCE, presented at Venice as a special event. With the independent production company "Avventurosa", set up as part of the project for THE MOUTH OF THE WOLF, he made LOST AND BEAUTIFUL, that won the Special Mention of the Ecumenical Prize and the Junior Jury Award at FF Locarno in 2015.
Claudio Giovannesi (Rome, Italy, 1978) is a filmmaker, screenwriter, and musician. After getting a Bachelor of Arts, he received a diploma from the Centro sperimentale di cinematografia in Rome. He worked for Rai3’s program Blob from 2001 to 2004. In 2009 he directed the feature film LA CASA SULLE NUVOLE (Jury Special Award at the Brussels Film Festival) and the documentary FRATELLI D'ITALIA, special mention of the jury at the Rome Film Festival). In 2012 he directed his second feature film ALI HAS BLUE EYES, winning the special jury prize and the best debut and second film award in Rome, FICE Award and Mario Verdone Award. The film was also nominated at the Nasti d’argento and partecipated in competition at Tribeca Film Festival. His following film, WOLF (2013), was awarded Special Jury Award at Torino FF. In 2014, Giovannesi participated in the collaborative film 9 X 10 NOVANTA, selected at Venice IFF that same year. His latest work, FIORE, was selected at the Directors' Fortnight in 2016.
Marco Bonfanti was born on August 9, 1980 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for THE LAST SHEPHERD (2012), LE PAROLE DI STOCKHAUSEN (2008) and ORDEAL (INSIDE ME) (2009).
Was born in La Spezia in 1982. She graduated in History and Film Studies from the University of Bologna. In 2005 she studied at the Fare Cinema Film and Theatre School, directed by Marco Bellocchio and she began collaborating with Pietro Marcello: she was first assistant director on the documentary IL PASSAGGIO DELLE LINEA (2007); first assistant director, film editor and archive researcher on the film THE MOUTH OF THE WOLF (2009), Winner at the 27th Turin Film Festival, at the Berlin Film Festival and about twenty other awards in the long path between the international festivals in which it participated; she edited the documentary THE SILENCE OF PELESJAN (2011). She also edited the documentary THE TRAIN TO MOSCOW (2013) by Federico Ferrone and Michele Manzolini and she collaborated on the editing of the film SACRO GRA by Gianfroco Rosi, winner of the Golden Lion at the 70th Venice Film Festival in 2013. In 2012 she won the film section for the Rolex “Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative”, working for a year under the guidance of editor, sound designer and director, Walter Murch.
Alina Marazzi was born on November 5, 1964 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. She is a director and assistant director, known for ALL ABOUT YOU (2012), WE WANT ROSES TOO (2007) and FOR ONE MORE HOUR WITH YOU (2002).
Giovanni Piperno was born on January 28, 1964 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for THE EXPLOSION (2003), THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN (1988) and LE COSE BELLE (2012).
Costanza Quatriglio was born in 1973 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. She is a director and writer, known for L'ISOLA - L'ÎLE (2003), CON IL FIATO SOSPESO (2013) and 9x10 NOVANTA (2014).
Paola Randi is a director and writer, known for INTO PARADISO (2010), 9x10 NOVANTA (2014) and GIULIETTA DELLA SPAZZATURA (2003).
Roland Sejko was born in Albania before relocating to Italy to work for Istituto Luce, Italy’s oldest film production house (now merged with Cinecittà Luce). He is also a representative for Eurimages, which funds the co-production, distribution, and exhibition of European cinematographic works. In addition to being involved in a wide range of activities from historical film archives to feature film production and distribution, Sejko is a journalist and cultural reporter.