Publicado em 09/04/2018
"I do not want to make beautiful films, I want to make useful films" (Roberto Rossellini)
The fourth edition of Fronteira – International Documentary and Experimental Film Festival has the honour to dedicate its Retrospective Program to one of the greater names of the modern cinema. The Program: Rossellini Actuality showcase seven films of the filmmaker who was the pioneer of the Italian Neorealism and that redirected the debate on cinema and the limits of the cinematography production.
The curatorship is from the Italian researcher Adriano Aprà (78 years old), who dedicated a big part of his life to investigate the directors work. On the occasion, besides having the opportunity of watching restored copies of important films of the filmmaker’s cinematography, the public will also have the presence of Aprà himself, who will be in Goiania during the days of the festival for commented sessions and a Master Class, especially dedicated to discussing Rossellini’s work.
The Roberto Rossellini Retrospective includes films such as Rome, Open City (1945), considered the starting point of Italian Neorealism and one of the most important creations in the history of cinema, showing the Nazi-occupied city of Rome between 1943 and 1944 with a population of communists and Catholics who unite to fight the Germans and the fascist troops; Paisá (1946), which narrates encounters between humans and devastated environments, tracing scenes of abandonment and empathy in an Italy taken by the American troops of liberation; and completing the war trilogy of Rossellini, Germany, Zero Year (1948), perhaps the most compelling film on the postwar and the economic and moral crisis in Germany, told through the drama of a 12-year-old child, who supports the father by committing small crimes.
The Retrospective is also composed by the works Stromboli (1950) and The Fear (1954). In Stromboli, we see the first performance of the actress Ingrid Bergman for a Rossellini film, with whom she married the same year. A work characterized for its natural beauty and for a story related to love, believes, devotions and resilience. The second work, in contrast to the first film, Rossellini creates two characters mirrored in his and Ingrid’s own life.
To complete this, which is perhaps one of the greatest retrospectives of the Italian author in Brazil, the exhibition will also showcase INDIA, MATRI BUHMI )1959), a documentary that registers the impressions of Rossellini on India; Descartes (1974), a biopic of the thinker René Descartes, which is the fourth feature film that Rossellini filmed for TV in the 70’s; and ROSSELLINI VISTO DI ROSSELLINI (1993), film directed by Adriano Aprà about the Italian director.
FILMS THAT WILL BE DISPLAYED IN THE “ROSSELLINI ACTUALITY – RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION”:
ROME, OPEN CITY | Direction: Roberto Rossellini, Italy, 1945, 100 min.
PAISÁ | Direction: Roberto Rossellini, Italy, 1946, 126 min.
GERMANY, YEAR ZERO | Direction: Roberto Rossellini, Italy, 1948, 75 min.
STROMBOLI | Direction: Roberto Rossellini, Italy, 1950, 107 min.
THE FEAR | Direction: Roberto Rossellini, Italy, 1954, 84 min.
INDIA, MATRI BUHMI | Direction: Roberto Rossellini, Italy, 1959, 95 min.
DESCARTES | Direction: Roberto Rossellini, Italy, 1974, 162 min.
ROSSELLINI VISTO DI ROSSELLINI | Direction: Adriano Aprá, Italy, 1992, 62 min.