MANIFESTO

#63

CHANGE OF SPACE

OPERE PRIME

2024.05.21

Text by MUSE Team

Within the spaces of Armani/Silos, Giorgio Armani promotes a curated selection of debut films by five young Italian directors, capable of offering an intense and expressive snapshot of contemporary cinema.

The commitment of Giorgio Armani to supporting new generations of creatives extends into the spaces of Armani/Silos with the new public exhibition entitled Opere Prime, which features the debut films of five young directors: Pietro Castellitto, Carolina Cavalli, Giacomo Abbruzzese, Alain Parroni, and Tommaso Santambrogio. Through the exploration of visual languages combined with various forms of personal storytelling, the films offer an intense and expressive snapshot of contemporary Italian cinematography. The exhibition showcases Amanda by Carolina Cavalli (2022), a reflection on friendship as a personal obsession; Disco Boy by Giacomo Abbruzzese (2023), a story of resistance and redemption set between France and Niger; Una sterminata domenica by Alain Parroni (2023), a chronicle of a love triangle in the marginalization of the Roman suburbs; and finally, Gli oceani sono i veri continenti by Tommaso Santambrogio (2023), a black-and-white intersection of different lives in a nostalgic Cuba.

“For me, cinema has not only been a great passion in childhood, which has continued into adulthood, but also a constant source of ideas and inspiration, from which I have drawn over the years, contributing to the construction of my aesthetic”.

– Giorgio Armani

Amanda
Wednesday, May 22nd
Directed by Carolina Cavalli

 

Italy, 2000s. Amanda is a distant and misunderstood girl, constantly at odds with her family. Despite being extremely reluctant to follow advice, one day Amanda decides to meet the daughter of her mother’s friend. Through this encounter, Amanda discovers that there is a world beyond the smoke screen she has built around herself. In an effort to escape her surroundings, Amanda will be willing to connect with Rebecca, who will introduce her to her own social dimension.

COURTESY OF IMAGES BY I WONDER PICTURES. IN THE TOP: COURTESY OF IMAGES BY I WONDER PICTURES.

Disco Boy
Wednesday, May 29th
Directed by Giacomo Abbruzzese

 

Aleksei is a young Belarusian trying to reach France illegally. Upon arrival, the only way to regularize his status is by joining the Foreign Legion. This decision leads him to fight in the Niger Delta, where a young man named Jomo is also fighting against multinational corporations exploiting the land. In the eyes of Franz Rogowski, there is a constant questioning of the meaning of existence, both in fleeing and in fighting.

Courtesy of images by Lucky RED.

What unites these films is the attention to the mirrored dimensions of the social and the personal, the choice of a narrative tone that is always vivid and expressive.

Una sterminata domenica
Wednesday, June 5th
Directed by Alain Parroni

 

Rome, midsummer. Alex, Brenda, and Kevin wander between the coastal countryside and the eternal city, trying to resist the relentless advance of time and heat. Alex has just turned 19, Brenda is pregnant, and Kevin fills the city with his name: each one tries to leave their own mark on the world. An uninterrupted chain of situations, paradoxes, and characters alternates with each other in a narrative structure close to an unconventional coming-of-age novel.

COURTESY OF IMAGES BY FANDANGO.

Los océanos son los verdaderos continentes
Wednesday, June 12th
Directed by Tommaso Santambrogio

 

Alex and Edith, two young theater enthusiasts in their thirties, live their relationship through small gestures among the ruins of Cuban buildings. Milagros, now retired, tries to survive by selling maní, typical Cuban peanut cones. Frank and Alain, two eight-year-old children, go to school and dream of immigrating together to the United States. Within the context of San Antonio De Los Baños, a village in the Cuban hinterland where time seems to have stopped, the three respective narratives and their worlds unfold; in a contemporary fresco brought to life through the characters’ memories, the specter of separation looms.

COURTESY OF IMAGES BY GARGANTUA FILM.

For further information armanisilos.com.

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