La Sapienza

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    La Sapienza

    Directed by

    France, Italy


    101 min

    • French
    • Italian


    At 50, Swiss architect Alexandre Schmidt has had a brilliant career, but is starting to have doubts about the meaning of his work. For her part, his wife Aliénor has similar issues about her own profession as a behavioral specialist with the under-privileged. Yet a wall of silence exists between the two of them. Wanting to pursue a long cherished desire to write about Francesco Borromini, the Baroque architect, Alexandre decides to go to Ticino then Rome and Aliénor chooses to accompany him. In Stresa, where they plan to spend a few days, the couple meets two adolescents, a brother and a sister. The boy is about to begin studying architecture, and the girl is suffering from a strange nervous illness. Aliénor decides to stay to look after the girl and offers to pay for the boy to take a research trip, which means that Alexandre is obliged to take him with him to Rome.


    • Asecan Prize - Seville European FF



    Fabrizio Rongione
    Christelle Prot Landman
    Ludovico Succio
    Arianna Nastro
    Eugène Green
    Raphael O'Byrne
    Valérie Loiseleux


    Explores the cathartic power of art in moving and surprising ways.

    Eric Kohn, Indiewire

    The mysterious French filmmaker once again offers us a subtle, fresh and courageous film, that is not afraid to express itself in a unique, anachronistic language.

    Giorgia del Don, Cineuropa

    Eugène Green

    Eugène Green


    What interests me when I film a human being is his interiority, what is hidden in normal everyday life, and which the cinema has the possibility of making apparent and conceivable to the spectator.

    Eugène Green was born in North America. In 1969 he moved to Paris, where he studied Literature, Languages, History and Art History. In 1977 he founded the Théâtre de la Sapience. His first film, TOUTES LES NUITS (1999), was released in theatres in 2001 and won the Prix Louis Delluc. LE MONDE VIVANT (2003) was selected at the Directors’ Fortnight at Festival de Cannes. His short film LE NOM DE FEU was presented for the first time in 2002 at Locarno Festival. In 2004 he made a third feature film, LE PONT DES ARTS, which premiered at Locarno Film Festival. In 2005 he directed the short film, SIGNES, presented in the Official Selection at the Festival de Cannes and in 2006 at Locarno Festival. Another short film, CORRESPONDANCES, is part of a triptych MEMORIES (with other two film directors, Harun Farocki and Pedro Costa), commissioned by the Jeonju Film Festival in South Korea and presented at the Locarno Festival, in 2007, where it won the Special Jury Award. In 2009 he directed his first film in Portugal, A POTUGUESE NUN. His feature LA SAPIENZA (2014) was presented at Toronto Film Festival and Locarno Film Fesitval, THE SON OF JOSEPH (2016) premiered at Berlinale Film Festival. He is also a writer and has published novels, plays, essays, stories and poems. His most recent film is HOW FERNANDO PESSOA SAVED PORTUGAL (2018).

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