The headquarters of the MFI at the Mandraki High School.

BACK TO THE MFI SCRIPT 2 FILM WORKSHOPS

Imagine you’re surrounded by one of the bluest seas, fed delicious seafood while watching breath-taking sunsets, and discuss story arcs and characters’ motivations over a few glasses of ouzo, Greece’s traditional anise-flavoured drink. It may sound like paradise, but it’s actually hard work too if you’re a scriptwriter, filmmaker or producer attending a full immersion Read more about BACK TO THE MFI SCRIPT 2 FILM WORKSHOPS[…]

"Cross for the Garden of Delight", 2013, Murano glass, skeleton of a snake

“Our future is a skeleton.” A conversation with Jan Fabre ahead of the “Glass and Bone Sculptures 1977-2017” exhibition in Venice

It took Jan Fabre over 40 years to conceive what I was about to see in April at the Abbey of San Gregorio in Venice. The Belgian artist’s fascination for the themes of metamorphosis, life and death is well documented, and on this specific occasion, a collateral event of the 57th International Art Exhibition – Read more about “Our future is a skeleton.” A conversation with Jan Fabre ahead of the “Glass and Bone Sculptures 1977-2017” exhibition in Venice[…]

The entrance to Arnaldo Pomodoro's labyrinth.

TAKING A WALK INTO ARNALDO POMODORO’S MIND

You don’t have the chance to walk into an artist’s mind very often. Yet, this is exactly the feeling when you cross Arnaldo Pomodoro labyrinth’s door. Inspired by the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh, conceived in 1995 as an exhibition and now a permanent installation hosted in the headquarters of Fendi in Milan, it took over Read more about TAKING A WALK INTO ARNALDO POMODORO’S MIND[…]

Detail of the Photorama Lumière at the "Lumière! The Invention of Cinema" exhibition.

The Lumière Brothers and Kienholz’ Assemblages: Two Must-See Exhibitions in Bologna and Milan

[Scroll down for the Italian version] During the upcoming Christmas holidays you might feel the need to take a break from the traditional gargantuan (at least in Italy) meals. So here are a couple of tips to move your attention a bit from the stomach to the brain. But be advised: the following two exhibitions Read more about The Lumière Brothers and Kienholz’ Assemblages: Two Must-See Exhibitions in Bologna and Milan[…]

Poster for "La Holandesa".

TorinoFilmLab-supported Films “La Holandesa” and “Dead & Beautiful” Are on Their Way, While “Les Innocents” Is Out in Italy

November brought a bunch of great news for TorinoFilmLab-supported films (which month did not, anyway?). For my ongoing series of posts focused on TFL releases and work in progress projects, especially related to the 2012 Script&Pitch and Audience Design Programmes, I’m glad to share three updates from Chile, France and Italy. Principal photography for La Read more about TorinoFilmLab-supported Films “La Holandesa” and “Dead & Beautiful” Are on Their Way, While “Les Innocents” Is Out in Italy[…]

Sculpture by Nathan Sawaya from "The Art of The Brick".

From The LEGO Bricks to The Big Wave: Two Exhibitions I Saw in Milan

[Scroll down for the Italian version] After my trip to Japan I came back to Italy and spent a few days in Milan, trying to feel the vibe of the city through its cultural offer. I’d have much to tell you about, but there are two exhibitions that I particularly enjoyed. As a child, I Read more about From The LEGO Bricks to The Big Wave: Two Exhibitions I Saw in Milan[…]

Official poster for Kevin Meul's debut feature "My First Highway".

Kevin Meul’s “My First Highway” Has Started Its Festival Run

The reason why I like follow-up posts is that, at least in my case, they add good news to good news. This one in particular is an update of an ongoing series focused on the release of TorinoFilmLab-supported films. I read the first draft for Kevin Meul’s debut feature film My First Highway in 2012, Read more about Kevin Meul’s “My First Highway” Has Started Its Festival Run[…]

"Regards", 2013. Printed Veils, light bulbs, wire, electric wire.

Christian Boltanski at the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

[Scroll down for the Italian version] Typhoons can be quite persuasive and at some point you have to give up. While the aftermath of a tropical storm was hitting Tokyo just as I was visiting the city last September, partially ruining my plans, I had to think of alternative indoors activities. If you have been Read more about Christian Boltanski at the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum[…]

TorinoFilmLab Reloaded logo

TorinoFilmLab Reloads Its Programmes and Launches Three Labs

Autumn will be a very busy season for TorinoFilmLab, which is introducing major changes in its training activities for the audiovisual industry. The Torino-based laboratory supporting international talents has just unveiled what prospect participants and Alumni can expect to be fully introduced to between this fall and the beginning of 2017. First of all, as Read more about TorinoFilmLab Reloads Its Programmes and Launches Three Labs[…]

What Went on at The FT Weekend Live Festival

On 3 September some of the Financial Times Weekend’s best-known writers and columnists joined guest speakers and leading figures from fashion, the art world, food and wine for the inaugural edition of the FT Weekend Live Festival. No less than seven stages were devoted to discuss ideas and trends across businesses, markets and creative industries, Read more about What Went on at The FT Weekend Live Festival[…]

A Summer Across Film Festivals: Watch Out for These Emerging Directors

It’s no secret that film is a tough industry and it usually takes a while to enjoy the fruit of one’s hard work. But if you don’t give up and keep on pushing your project, that time will come. If you read my blog it is also no secret that I have had the privilege Read more about A Summer Across Film Festivals: Watch Out for These Emerging Directors[…]

Follow the sea horse not to miss the workshops' training activities.

My Week at the Script 2 Film Workshops in Nisyros

[Scroll down for the Italian version] It is very easy to get used to beauty. Being awakened by the sound of the sea; seeing freshly caught octopuses hanging in the wind in front of the restaurants on the waterfront; walking in the bottom of a volcano… All these things become normal after a few days. Read more about My Week at the Script 2 Film Workshops in Nisyros[…]

Official poster for Davide Melini's short film "Lion"

From “Penny Dreadful” to “Lion”: A Catch-up with Director Davide Melini

While fans of Penny Dreadful are still mourning the recently announced ending of Showtime’s horror drama TV series after the Season 3 finale, I thought it was a good idea to catch-up with someone who worked on the show. You may remember Davide Melini from my previous interview on his homage to the “Giallo” film Read more about From “Penny Dreadful” to “Lion”: A Catch-up with Director Davide Melini[…]

"Tale of Tales" Q&A

The UK Premiere of Matteo Garrone’s “Tale of Tales” at Curzon Mayfair

[Scroll down for the Italian version] At the UK premiere of Tale of Tales at Curzon Mayfair on 1 June I was expecting that the audience would be fascinated by the locations of this sumptuous re-telling of Giambattista Basile‘s fairy tale collection Pentamerone. Very soon into the presentation director Matteo Garrone said jokingly that with Read more about The UK Premiere of Matteo Garrone’s “Tale of Tales” at Curzon Mayfair[…]

Photo London 2016. Pic by Nicolò Gallio

My Photo London VIP Preview

[Scroll down for the Italian version] What I really enjoy of VIP previews, especially when it comes to contemporary art, is the chatter. Wandering through the stands with a glass of champagne and listening to comments, confidences and gossips whispered among gallery owners, collectors, those who are there only because it is a glamorous event Read more about My Photo London VIP Preview[…]

Frame from the documentary "It's So Easy and Other Lies"

“It’s So Easy (and Other Lies)” Becomes a Documentary Film

[Scroll down for the Italian version]Duff McKagan did it again. He wrote another book, accompanied by an EP. But I won’t talk about the new How to Be a Man (and Other Illusions) here, as I’ll focus on the 2011 New York Times bestseller It’s So Easy (and Other Lies) instead, which I have just devoured. Read more about “It’s So Easy (and Other Lies)” Becomes a Documentary Film[…]

Poster for "Deadpool"

Media Engagement: Connecting Production, Texts and Audiences International Symposium

[Scroll down for the Italian version] As soon as you think you have spread the word on the latest marketing stunt implemented to promote Deadpool, a new one takes its place in a never-ending process. For over a year now we have been used to the release of news related to the cinematic universe of Read more about Media Engagement: Connecting Production, Texts and Audiences International Symposium[…]

Pierluigi Vecchi, "Transform 1" (2016)

CosmoGRAFIES

[Scroll down for the Italian version] I have always thought that there is a difference between being an artist and making art for a living. Each of us can create art and take the time we need to craft our skills when we’re off from work. But make a living out of art, and by Read more about CosmoGRAFIES[…]

UK poster for "The Brand New Testament"

“The Brand New Testament”

[Scroll down for the Italian version] Last week I kicked off my complementary membership at Curzon Cinemas with a gleefully blasphemous film, which made me laugh a lot, but understandably won’t appeal to some viewers with little sense of humour when it comes to religion. Between satire and dystopian fantasy disguised as a black comedy, Read more about “The Brand New Testament”[…]

Professor Nikolaus Wachsmann in conversation with László Nemes at Curzon Soho.

A Q&A with “Son of Saul”‘s Director László Nemes at Curzon Soho

[Scroll down for the Italian version] I have always respected László Nemes‘ integrity as a filmmaker. On 12 April, at a special event for the launch of his first feature film at Curzon Soho, the Hungarian director once more showed his uncompromising approach to the screening of his debut. As per his request, no one would Read more about A Q&A with “Son of Saul”‘s Director László Nemes at Curzon Soho[…]

LG G5 commercial featuring Jason Statham.

How Many Jason Stathams Can You Handle in Just One Spot?

[Scroll down for the Italian version] How would it be living in a world populated only by Jason Stathams? The answer is in one-minute advert released in the past few days by LG to promote the new smartphone G5. The British actor, launched by director Guy Ritchie and known for the leading role played in Read more about How Many Jason Stathams Can You Handle in Just One Spot?[…]

"The X-Men Films. A Cultural Analysis" - Book cover

Your Guide to the X-Men Films

[Scroll down for the Italian version] In a sense, this post comes full circle, as almost two years ago on this blog I wrote a comment on the promotional campaign for X-Men: Days of Future Past. I used Bryan Singer’s film as a case study for lectures and masterclasses, and after a while, when Professor Read more about Your Guide to the X-Men Films[…]

"Each drop of Hennessy X.O is an Odyssey" (film still)

Nicolas Winding Refn: An Odissey for Hennessy X.O.

[Scroll down for the Italian version] Let’s face it: when well-known film directors work for advertising, there is always a mix of curiosity and scepticism. While the most intransigent fans don’t like when they mix films and commercials, many are intrigued by how the unique visual style of filmmakers like David Lynch and Baz Luhrmann Read more about Nicolas Winding Refn: An Odissey for Hennessy X.O.[…]

Darth Maul: Apprentice

“Darth Maul: Apprentice” is the Star Wars Fan Film You Were Waiting For

[Scroll down for the Italian version] Star Wars fans are well aware of the many ideas that have not worked in Episode I – The Phantom Menace. But two details in particular are hated by virtually everyone who loves the universe created by George Lucas, and both have to do with the space granted to Read more about “Darth Maul: Apprentice” is the Star Wars Fan Film You Were Waiting For[…]

Watch “Predator: Dark Ages” While Waiting for “The Predator”

[Scroll down for the Italian version] It may not sound as the most creative title science fiction fans have been waiting for, but the news of the return of Predator on the big screen as … The Predator, along with the first promotional image and the tag line “You’ll never see him coming”, was welcomed with Read more about Watch “Predator: Dark Ages” While Waiting for “The Predator”[…]

Neil Shirreff's "light movements"

The Intimacy of Artrooms Independent Art Fair

[Scroll down for the Italian version] You feel a little bit shy, or rather, indiscrete, when you are standing on the doorway to one of the rooms at the Melia White House Hotel in Regent’s Park set up for ARTROOMS 2016. You would like to enter, but at a glance you realise that the artist is Read more about The Intimacy of Artrooms Independent Art Fair[…]

"Cannibal Holocaust" Japanese Program

Snuff. Real Death and Screen Media

After Al-Qaeda’s propaganda videos, but before ISIS’, I was researching the space occupied by death within cinema and digital media. It was just a matter of time before I delved into the urban legend of the snuff movie. So, for a while, some British colleagues I was working with jokingly nicknamed me “Mr. Snuff”. My Read more about Snuff. Real Death and Screen Media[…]

The Man Who Bears the Cross by Attilio Maranzano

The Man Who Bears the Cross

There is a peculiar contradiction at the heart of Belgian artist Jan Fabre‘s latest project, ‘The Man Who Bears the Cross’. As a reflection on the relationship between heaven and earth, it is first of all an intimate dialogue within the self and an unspeakable dimension. But being an installation hosted in the Cathedral of Read more about The Man Who Bears the Cross[…]

Ai Weiwei, "Straight" (2008-12)

Don’t Be Sorry and Get to See Ai Weiwei at Royal Academy

He is considered one of the most daring artists in China and one of the key contemporary voices that fight for freedom of expression and human rights worldwide. He recently made the headlines when Lego refused to sell him a bulk order of bricks to complete his next installation, because the project is of a Read more about Don’t Be Sorry and Get to See Ai Weiwei at Royal Academy[…]

Cine-Excess Logo

A Regular of Cult Cinema

I suppose that, after three times attending the same event, one can be considered a ‘regular’, if not a ‘veteran’. Then this is the case for me at Cine-Excess, the conference and festival on global cult film traditions: I attended and presented a talk last year, and in 2011 this was my very first truly Read more about A Regular of Cult Cinema[…]

Logo for Connecting Cottbus co-production market 2015.

Back to the Connecting Cottbus Film Market

I really like film markets. They give you the feeling of a parallel world. They are so full of events and yet totally unknown to the majority of the people who just attend the regular activities of a film festival such as screenings, talks and meet and greets with actors and directors. The market is Read more about Back to the Connecting Cottbus Film Market[…]

Takashi Murakami, "11 – Dimensional Presence", 2015, at Blum & Poe.

My Top 5 from Frieze Art Fair

Now that the craze for Frieze is over, I would like to share with you my top 5 from the international art fair that ended last weekend. I went there for a relaxed stroll among contemporary trends, my third time in a row. I have to admit that I didn’t see anything particularly groundbreaking, so Read more about My Top 5 from Frieze Art Fair[…]

Chris Kyle

“Medals Never Tell the Whole Story”: On “American Sniper” and the Warrior Culture

When I was around 10 years old, I wanted to become a SEAL. The fact that they were the U.S. Navy’s special operation force, while I was an Italian boy, did not matter to me of course. I was into movies such as Navy Seals and The Finest Hour: as such, I just wanted to Read more about “Medals Never Tell the Whole Story”: On “American Sniper” and the Warrior Culture[…]

Yakuza street fighter aggressively showing off his tattoo in Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo - 2010

At the Heart of Yakuza with Photographer Anton Kusters

Being granted exclusive access to usually inaccessible subcultures is probably the dream of many artists. Belgian photographer and co-founder of BURN Magazine Anton Kusters made it real when he spent some time in Tokyo with members of Yakuza, the notorious Japanese crime syndication. A recent video from The Economist chronicles this unique photographic project. Watching Read more about At the Heart of Yakuza with Photographer Anton Kusters[…]

Poster for the 40th Gdynia Film Festival.

Development and Distribution for the Film Industry: Maximizing the Impact Through Audience Design Tools

Here I am, waiting to board another plane to go back to London after three days in Poland. This time I’m writing a quick post from Gdańsk airport, on my way back from the 40th Gdynia Film Festival where I joined the TorinoFilmLab team and ran a masterclass in Audience Design with my colleague and Read more about Development and Distribution for the Film Industry: Maximizing the Impact Through Audience Design Tools[…]

Jan Fabre, "Cross with Snake, II" 2012.

From the Venice Biennale to Belgian Scarabs: What Struck My Eye Last Month

Here we are: with the coming months already full of new projects about to start, before jumping into workshops, masterclasses and lectures I just wanted to take a moment to share with you three pictures I took in the past weeks, as they sum up different forms of art I have experienced in August. I Read more about From the Venice Biennale to Belgian Scarabs: What Struck My Eye Last Month[…]

Bruce Nauman at Biennale Arte 2015

About to Board: What’s Coming Next

I am writing this post from Gatwick airport, while waiting to board my plane. It’s not time for holidays yet, but I am relocating to Italy for the next 3 weeks for a mix of work and relaxation, which will include a well-deserved break made up of art, food and (hopefully) nice weather, ending with Read more about About to Board: What’s Coming Next[…]