Venice International Film Festival turns 90, celebrations on July 9

Biennale, international congress, exhibit, 1932 masterpieces

22 June, 17:00

    ROME - The 90th anniversary of the Venice International Exhibition of Cinematographic Art - the first edition was held on August 6-21 of 1932 on the terrace of the Hotel Excelsior at the Lido - will be celebrated for an entire day, on Saturday, July 9 at the Venice Biennale, during which an international congress has been scheduled, along with the screening of two masterpieces from that year and a show. The program was defined and announced today.

    The day will open in the morning (at 10:30 AM), with an international congress in the library of the historic archive of the Biennale (ASAC) in the Giardini. After a welcome from the president of the Biennale, Roberto Cicutto, there will be a presentation - with a dialogue between the director of the show, Alberto Barbera, and the author - of the Italian edition of the new 'Storia della Mostra del Cinema di Venezia' written by professor Gian Piero Brunetta, the outcome of a collaboration between the Biennale and the Marsilio publishing house.

    The meeting, in two sessions, one in the morning (until 1:30 pm) and one in the afternoon (3-6 PM) will see the participation of historians, critics and professors to reflect on the value of the historic and cultural experience of the Mostra del Cinema.

    It will include reports, memories and emotions of the marvelous adventure of the oldest film festival of the world. The event will be attended, in person and remotely, by among others: Natalia Aspesi, former Biennale president Paolo Baratta, Marco Bellocchio, Gian Piero Brunetta (Ita, film historian), Gianni Canova, Marina Cicogna (Ita, producer), French critic Michel Ciment, historian Giovanni De Luna, actresses Isabella Ferrari, Valeria Golino, Isabelle Huppert, Tilda Swinton, film critics Alessandra Levantesi Kezich and Paolo Mereghetti, cinema historian Carlo Montanaro, researcher Maria Francesca Piredda, Jeff Sharp (US, producer and executive director of Gotham Film & Media Institute) and director Margarethe Von Trotta. Present in the room will be: Manitta Camerini, daughter of filmmaker Mario Camerini, Peter Cowie, film historian, Luca De Michelis, CEO Marsilio Editori and Felice Laudadio, a former artistic director of the film sector of the Biennale and film critic.

    The day will continue with the evening screening (9 pm) in the historic Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema of the Lido, of two masterpieces from the first edition of the show in 1932: Regen (Pioggia) by Mannus Franken and Joris Ivens (Netherlands 1929, 12') and Gli uomini, che mascalzoni... by Mario Camerini (Italy, 1932, 66', copy of the Cineteca Nazionale, Rome).

    At Ca' Giustinian (which houses the Biennale) in Venice, an exhibit will be open to the public (with an inauguration on Friday, July 8) on the first edition of the show in 1932, with material from the archive Archivio Storico delle Arti Contemporanee (ASAC) of the Biennale, with previously unseen documents, photos, posters, articles and films.

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