Wired Next Cinema: "breaking down barriers"
by Vittoria Scarpa
- Showing from 17 to 26 October, at the MAXXI Museum, the Rome Film Festival presents its sidebar for new audio-visual arts
Web series, pilot episodes, feature films, shorts, video art and experimental films: new audio-visual arts of all genres, lengths and formats are protagonists at Wired Next Cinema, sidebar of the 9th Rome Film Festival scheduled for 17 to 26 October and carried out in collaboration with the MAXXI Museum (National Museum of XXI century arts, where it will be held) and Wired magazine. “The plan is to go and find cinema wherever it's hidden”, explained artistic director of the Rome Film Festival Marco Müller, “our goal is to break down barriers, to stop making distinctions: cinema is for everyone, provided you have the necessary curiosity”.
Successor of the Extra and Cinemaxxi sections of past editions, Wired Next Cinema strives to look at the way in which technologies and changes in aesthetics, image consumption and forms of expression meet in a mix of mutations, hybrids and influences. It will thus go from photography (Wim Wenders's film about Salgado, The Salt of the Earth [+see also:
film profile], Sunday 19 October) to workshops on graphic applications for smartphones (Friday 17); from new web series comedies to Italian comedy (The Pills meet Enrico Vanzina, Monday 20); from experimental South American cinema to the new online stardom of Maccio Capatonda (Saturday 18); from the link with design and graphics of filmmakers like Bellocchio, Scola and Virzì (Thursday 23) to an encounter with the most ancient form of body language, narration, with actors like Giorgio Pasotti and Roberto Herlitzka (Saturday 18), Isabella Ferrari and Riccardo Scamarcio (Sunday 26). Among the interesting events is the re-mastered edition of Great Mazinger vs Grendizer by Go Nagai (Japan, 1979), in the context of a focus on cartoons from the 70s and 80s.
Alongside the Wired programme, the MAXXI will also host a part of the Rome Film Festival's Special Events: screenings (including the new digital restorations of Boccaccio '70 by De Sica, Fellini, Monicelli and Visconti, Thursday 23, and Starting from Three by Massimo Troisi, Saturday 25), meetings (with Asia Argento, Saturday 18, and with João Botelho, Friday 24), talks and round tables (about Italian gothic films, Saturday 25, and about Pietro Germi's work, Friday 24 October).
(Translated from Italian)