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Cinema Reborn 2024

Cinema Reborn

Cinema Ritz – Randwick, 1 – 8 May 2024

 

 

2024 marks the fifth year of collaboration between the Italian Cultural Institute of Sydney and the Cinema Reborn film festival, an annual event created by a community of film enthusiasts, programmers, directors, screen historians and critics. The focus of the event is the conservation of the international film heritage and research into the long history of cinema, the global film restoration activity and the treasures that exist in the world’s film archives.

It should be underlined that as far as Italian films are concerned, for years the Festival has created a collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna – Il cinema trovato, the main Italian body devoted to the restoration and global distribution of historical films, which has elected Cinema Reborn as official Australian partner.

For the 2024 edition, which will be held at the Ritz Cinema in Randwick from 1st to 8th May, the Institute is pleased to present two films: Il grido (M. Antonioni, 1959) and La carrozza d’oro (La carrosse d’or Italian-French co-production directed by J. Renoir, 1952). For the first time since its foundation, this year the Festival will also be held at the Cinema Lido in Melbourne.

 

Il grido (Alida Valli, Steve Cochran, Dorian Gray): Incommunicability is not a diversion suitable only for the upper middle class: this obsessively circular “on the road” (and on water) drama proves it. At the basis of the film we find the narrative archetype par excellence: the loss of the beloved, which leads the hero to seek reparation. But the woman is little lover and perhaps little loved, the hero’s expedition ends in the reiteration of the initial lack, and the true object for which he contends (against himself) is freedom from that dark evil which makes existence one endless desert, red or grey, it doesn’t matter. The style, spare and essential, of lucid cleanliness, transmits Antonioni’s world through words and relationships of absolute simplicity, there are almost no speeches, there are answers and there are actions that explain everything. And in any case nothing is useful, everyone remains within themselves, attempts lead to nothing. We don’t make ourselves understood and things always depend on others. And others don’t care about other people’s happiness.

 

La carrozza d’oro (Anna Magnani, Odoardo Spadaro, Duncan Lamont): Peru, 18th century. A company of Italian commedia dell’arte actors lands in a Spanish colony in South America. Colombina’s interpreter, Camilla, makes the young Felipe, the bullfighter Ramon and Ferdinand, the viceroy of the colony, lose their heads, who, overcome by passion, gives the actress a golden carriage which should, according to all the local leaders, being the official symbol of Spanish royalty. The scandal hits the viceroy who does not want to retrace his steps and finds himself faced with a very serious political crisis, while Camilla has to deal with the jealousy of the other two suitors. In the end, the actress will give the carriage to the Church, and will end her love stories, declaring that her true love is always the theater. Renoir said: “I had set myself a very specific task: to make a film with Anna Magnani. I admired without reservation the results of her collaboration with Rossellini and Visconti. Magnani is the quintessence of Italy. She is also an absolute personification of the theatre” .The scholar and film critic Noa Steimatsky will introduce Il grido at the Ritz Cinema on Saturday 4 May at 3.15pm while the director and screenwriter Margot Nash will introduce La carrozza d’oro, also at the Ritz on Sunday 5 May at 6.30pm.

 

For detailed information and bookings: https://www.ritzcinemas.com.au/events/cinema-reborn-2024

Click HERE for the Program