Magic Lantern Film Festival in Rome

The Point of Least Resistance
di Fischli & Weiss, Svizzera, 1980-81, 30’
still da film
Copyright: Peter Fischli David Weiss Zurigo / Courtesy Sprüth Magers Berlino Londra; Matthew Marks Gallery New York e Los Angeles; Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurigo

 

Magic Lantern Film Festival is a semiannual research-based thematic investigation of the interstice between visual art and cinema. The festival aspires to act both as a tool for the dissemination of artistic languages that use film as an ideal medium with which to give form to the imagination, and as a moment of critical inquiry of authors, ideas and genres.

Magic Lantern Film Festival launched its programming with Phantasmagoria, a small collection of films that demonstrate how noir and horror have been adopted and adapted by the visual arts, creating narratives imbued with current socio-political implications. The films’ protagonists move in a context characterised by uncertainty, in a perpetually misleading, sometimes desperate and corrupt world, where tension and fear – laced by dark humour – prevails.
Some of the films mimic the structural and narrational devices of noir: the moody chiaroscuro visual style, an ambiance of oneiric mystery, a disruption of the narrative sequence, convoluted story lines. Others shift into the confines of science fiction dystopia, while others still adopt the monstrous and often camp elements of the horror genre. In all we see the anti-hero, ill at ease with the world. As a general reflection of the social landscape of our era, we are confronted with an acute awareness of contemporary trauma, plagued with anxiety and apprehension, political instability, disconnect with the real when faced with new technologies. Yet any sense of dysfunction is ultimately assuaged, if not antithetical to a more complex understanding of compassion and the human condition.

The Festival is a project conceived and curated by Maria Alicata, Adrienne Drake and Ilaria Gianni.

 

Office Killer – L’impiegata modello
di Cindy Sherman, USA, 1997, 82’
still da film
Miramax/Park Circus

 

Program:

Thursday, 27 October at 6pm
Real Academia de España in Rome
Piazza di S. Pietro in Montorio 3

- Theatrical trailer for Sculpt
by Loris Greaud, USA, 2016, 2’ 28’’

- The Point of Least Resistance
by Fischli & Weiss, Switzerland, 1980-81, 30’
Copyright: Peter Fischli David Weiss Zürich / Courtesy Sprüth Magers Berlin London; Matthew Marks Gallery New York and Los Angeles; Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich

- The Right Way
by Fischli & Weiss, Switzerland, 1983, 55’
Copyright: Peter Fischli David Weiss Zürich / Courtesy Sprüth Magers Berlin London; Matthew Marks Gallery New York and Los Angeles; Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich
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Friday, 28 October at 7pm
Germany Academy Rome Villa Massimo

Largo di Villa Massimo 1-2

- Theatrical trailer for Remainder
by Omer Fast, UK/Germany, 2015, 1’ 50’’

- Dracula’s Ghost
by Kathrin Sonntag, Germany, 2009, 21’ 22’’ min
Courtesy Kadel Willborn, Düsseldorf and the artist

- Storie di fantasmi per adulti
by Diego Marcon, Italy, 2010, 16′ 22”
Courtesy of the artist
Admission to the screenings is free and all are welcome, but seats for each evening are limited. We recommend that you reserve your place by writing an email in which you specify your name and the evening you are interested in attending to the following address: info@magiclanternfilmfestival.org.

 

Trailer per Hiker Meat
di Jesus Rinzoli, Italia, 1982, 1’ 52’’
Lobby card

 

Trailer per Hiker Meat
di Jesus Rinzoli, Italia, 1982, 1’ 52’’
Lobby card

 

Trailer per Hiker Meat
di Jesus Rinzoli, Italia, 1982, 1’ 52’’
Lobby card

 

For additional information:
magiclanternfilmfestival.wordpress.com
info@magiclanternfilmfestival.org