Nuovo cinema paralitico is a project that came about through the collaboration between Davide Ferrario and the author and poet Franco Arminio. Using numerous short films, the project offers a poetic image of a “marginal” Italy, far from residential areas and forgotten by the official media. The title is an affectionate nod to the movie by Giuseppe Tornatore but the term “paralitico” indicates a conscious choice: a cinema that takes slowness and the intensity of the gaze as it contemplates daily life, and turns them into a remedy for sensationalism and the tyranny of current events that dominate communications.
(Casalmaggiore, Cremona, Italy, 1956) graduated in Anglo-American literature. In the beginning of the 1980s he works with different cinema magazines and organizes film festivals and events. He is the author of many essays on cinema, of novels and several screenplays. He has directed short films and documentaries, and, among the long feature films, we would like to mention La fine della notte, Tutti giù per terra, based on the novel by Giuseppe Culicchia, and Guardami, screened in Venice in 1999. His novel Fade to Black, with fiction figure of Orson Welles, has been translated in many languages and in 2006 became an Oliver Parker’s film production of the same title. He partecipated at the Torino Film Festival with several titles, among which Materiale resistente (1995), codirected with Guido Chiesa, Sexx (2016), and Cento anni (2017). After Nuovo cinema paralitico (2020) he shot Just Noise, with Harvey Keitel and Malcolm McDowell.
Non date da mangiare agli animali (cm, 1987), La fine della notte (1989), Lontano da Roma (doc, 1991), Anime fiammeggianti (1994), A Rimini (cm, 1995), Il figlio di Zelig (cm, 1995), Materiale resistente (co-regia Guido Chiesa, doc, 1995), Confidential Report (doc, 1996), Estate in città (cm, 1996), Partigiani (doc, 1997), Tutti giù per terra (1997), Figli di Annibale (1998), Sul quarantacinquesimo parallelo (doc, 1998), Guardami (1999), Comunisti (doc, 1999), Linea di confine (doc, 2000), La rabbia (doc, 2000), Le strade di Genova (doc, 2001), Fine amore: mai (doc, 2002), I Tigi a Gibellina (doc, 2002), Mondonuovo (doc, 2003), Dopo mezzanotte (2003), Se devo essere sincera (2004), La strada di Levi (doc, 2006), Tutta colpa di Giuda (2009), Piazza Garibaldi (doc, 2012), La luna su Torino (2014), La zuppa del demonio (doc, 2014), Accademia Carrara: il museo riscoperto (doc, 2015), Sexxx (doc., 2016), Cento anni (doc., 2017), Nuovo cinema paralitico (docufilm, 2020), Just Noise (2020).
“The idea is to look at an Italian place. The landscape and the figures that move in it. With affection, participation, irony. A wall, a field of wheat, a rolling shutter, a small villa, a truck passing by, a stranger walking. A movie about ordinary life. Moments that are individual, mismatched. Filming Italy using geography as the fundamental point, filming a place like a place in the world, but not in order to make a documentary: filming the form of things and what happens inside them.”