Venetian Nights

Agalma

by Doriana Monaco
Italy, 2020, 54', color, DCP
Screenplay: Doriana Monaco
Wednesday 09 September 2020
21:30 Isola degli Autori Public, free entrance
V.O. ITA sub ENG
Reservation required on giornatedegliautori.com starting from August 31st

cinematography
Doriana Monaco
editing
Enrica Gatto

music
Adriano Tenore
sound
Filippo Puglia
Rosalia Cecere

voices
Fabrizio Gifuni
Sonia Bergamasco

producers
Antonella Di Nocera
Lorenzo Cioffi 
executive producer
Armando Andria
productions
Parallelo 41 produzioni
Ladoc

in collaboration
Mann
(Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli)
with the support of
Regione Campania
Fondazione Film Commission Regione Campania


A whirlwind of activity sweeps us into the daily routine at the Archaeological Museum of Naples. Exhibitions are mounted, restoration projects are underway, as visitors from around the world move spellbound from room to room. The beauty of the museum is caught on film - not only its stunning arrangements of classical artworks, but also the close relationships, otherwise invisible, that form within its walls. Agalma (from the Greek word for statue, image) shows the museum as a living thing, and its works are captured in all their materiality and expressive power.




 

Filmography

2020 Agalma [doc]
2016 Cronopios [doc]
2015 Anatomia di un pensiero triste [short]





In the film the archaeological and cinematic perspectives overlap, lingering lovingly on the physiques of the statues and mapping out visions, points of view and new avenues for interpretation. Agalma is the relationship that is created between the artwork and the beholder, who is observed in the course of a ceaseless visual pilgrimage from one museum space to the next, as the ancient world comes alive, quotidian yet ineffable.

Doriana Monaco (Benevento, 1989) studied archaeology and art history at the University of Naples Federico II. In 2014 she was assistant director to Edoardo De Angelis on his film Perez. In 2015 she directed her first short, Anatomia di un pensiero triste. In 2016 she joined FILMaP, the documentary film workshop headed by Leonardo Di Costanzo. This allowed her to make the documentary Cronopios, selected for the Corso Salani Award lineup at the 2017 Trieste Film Festival, and she also started to develop her Agalma project.




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