32° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL
ONDE

LA SAPIENZA

LA SAPIENZA
by Eugène Green
Country: Italy, France
Year: 2014
Duration: 104'


At the height of his architect career, Alexandre leaves everything and goes to Italy to write a book on Borromini, a project that he had abandoned years ago. His wife Aliénor travels with him, but along the way, she starts realizing how much their relationship has cooled off, just like her husband’s passion for his job. The unexpressed existential void felt by the couple is finally revealed when they meet a couple of young brothers, immersing themselves in the landscape, surrounded by Italian architecture.

Biography

film director

Eugène Green

Eugène Green (New York, Usa, 1947) si è trasferito nel 1969 a Parigi, dove nel 1977 ha fondato il Théâtre de la Sapience, con cui ha messo in scena diverse pièce barocche e moderne. Ha esordito come regista con Toutes les nuits, Prix Delluc per la miglior opera prima nel 2001. Ha quindi diretto Le nom du feu, presentato a Locarno nel 2002 e distribuito in coppia con Le monde vivant, che ha partecipato nello stesso anno alla Quinzaine des réalisateurs. Con Correspondances si è aggiudicato nel 2007, insieme a Harun Farocki e Pedro Costa, il premio speciale della giuria a Locarno, dove è tornato in concorso nel 2009 con A Religiosa Portuguesa e nel 2014 con La sapienza. Nel 2011 il Festival gli ha dedicato una retrospettiva e l’anno scorso l’ha nuovamente ospitato con Faire la parole.

FILMOGRAFIA

Toutes les nuits (2001), Le nom du feu (cm, 2002), Le monde vivant (2003), Le pont des arts (2004), Les signes (mm, 2006), Digital Sam in Sam Saek 2007: Memories (ep. Corrispondences, mm, 2007), A Religiosa Portuguesa (The Portuguese Nun, 2009), La sapienza (2014), Faire la parole (doc., 2015), Le fils de Joseph (2016).

Declaration

film director

“This film has two sources of inspiration. On the one hand the desire to illustrate through film the works and life of the Baroque architect Francesco Borromini. On the other the interest for contemporary architecture and urban planning. The first inspiration would suggest a biography, while both would be very suited to a documentary style narrative. I don’t however believe that one may reconstruct a life through film, despite having all due respect for the documentary as a form of expression, I have always had the instinctive belief – that tends to be sidelined in today’s Europe – that the greater truth can be found in fiction.”

Cast

& Credits

regia, soggetto, sceneggiatura/director, story, screenplay
Eugène Green
fotografia/cinematography
Raphael O’Byrne
montaggio/film editing
Valérie Loiseleux
scenografia/production design
Giorgio Barullo
costumi/costume design
Agnès Noden
suono/sound
Mirko Guerra, Sonia Portoghese
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Fabrizio Rongione (Alexandre), Christelle Prot Landman (Aliénor), Ludovico Succio (Goffredo), Arianna Nastro (Lavinia), Eugène Green
produttori/producers
Martine De Clermont-Tonnerre, Alessandro Borrelli
produzione/production
Mact Productions, La Sarraz Pictures
contatti/contacts
La Sarraz Pictures
Alessandro Borrelli
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