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Film screening “William Kentridge, Triumphs and Laments” / Čolaković Legacy / 23.6.17. at 8 p.m.Talk programs | 23.06.2017
William Kentridge, Triumphs And Laments
Worldwide Screening In Contemporary Art Museums Across The World
William Kentridge, Triumphs And Laments
A Todos Contentos Y Yo Tambien and In Between Art Film Production in collaboration with Sky Arte Hd, Rai Cinema, Lia Rumma, Tevereterno
Film about William Kentridge is being screened simultaneously in contemporary art museums around the world. Finding its most natural location, the film will finally reach its perfect audience, in a unique event to be held between May 15th and July 4th 2017 – New York, Beijing, Athens, Istanbul, Oaxaca, Dubai, Toronto, Lisbon, Belgrade, Buenos Aires, Leòn, Tallin, Zagreb, The Canary Islands, Israel, Australia, Switzerland and in Italy PAC, Macro, Mambo, Castello di Rivoli, Cantieri della Zisa, Riso and Mart.
Described as the greatest contemporary work of art ever created in Rome, “Triumphs and Laments” features an art film where meanings, suggestions and the languages of Kentridge’s work are translated into another language, the cinematographic one.
Known for his animations, drawings and theatre plays, for the past 12 years William Kentridge has been working on “Triumphs and Laments”, his colossal tribute to the history of Rome. A 550 meters long frieze made up of 90 ten-meters high icons, that appears on the banks of the river Tiber and represent the city’s glories, triumphs and defeats: from the murder of Remus to Pasolini, from Bernini to Dolce Vita and the refugee crisis.
“Triumphs and Laments” is bound to disappear in a few years. Because, unlike the Colosseum or the Pantheon, “Triumphs and Laments” is an ephemeral work of art. Kentridge’s icons are shaped on the river”s white travertine bank through a vaporizer, which means that as soon as the organic growth and the pollution darkens the walls again the images will be gone for good, leaving this film as its only memory.
Shot over a period of two years, the film enters the artist’s studio in Johannesburg and follows the rehearsal leading to the grand opening. It traces back the connections that link Triumphs and Laments to Kentridge’s most fundamental themes, such as the refusal of racial discrimination and the complex relationship between landscape and memory.
Directed by Giovanni Troilo and produced by Andrea Patierno and Beatrice Bulgari, in collaboration with Sky ARTE HD, RAI Cinema and Lia Rumma, the film premiered at Rome’s International Film Festival. Now the distribution process is completed with a small revolutionary element: besides the international distribution and the traditional presence in Festivals and in TV channels, the film will finally be screened in art museums.
Director and producers have worked for years in collaboration with the greatest artists and gallerists with the purpose of creating art films which become “works of art”. A revolutionary process that allows a deeper comprehension of the artist’s work, now also available to its most natural audience: the one crowding museums all over the world.
Giovanni Troilo’s work ranges from cinema to television, photography and advertising. Between 2012 and 2015, Troilo directed for Sky Arte three documentary series about Italian photographers and a number of one-off documentaries, including Caravaggio. Troilo’s photographic work has been published on Newsweek Japan, Der Spiegel, D di Repubblica, GQ Italy, CNN, Wired UK, Wallpaper, Vanity Fair, Flair. In 2011 he directed “Fan Pio”, his first feature film. In 2015, with the project La Ville Noire - The Dark Heart of Europe, he was awarded the People Photographer of the Year at Sony World Photography Awards. His latest film, Coeurope, was selected for the IDFA 2016.
The production company
TODOS CONTENTOS Y YO TAMBIEN
Todos Contentos y yo tambien specializes in film and documentary series for the international market. It has collaborated with a wide range of broadcasters such as SKY ARTE, a tv channel for whom it created some of its most characteristic series, such as “Fotografi”, a series of 24 documentaries about the best Italian photographers, “Caravaggio criminale”; and “On The Road” and RAI CINEMA, for whom it shot “The War Of The Volcanoes”, an archival documentary distributed in 42 countries; “Looking For Kadija”, a documentary produced in Eritrea that was awarded as Best Italian Documentary at the Rome Film Festival in 2014. Its latest production, “Coeurope”, produced in collaboration with RAI, was selected for the IDFA 2016.
IN BETWEEN ART FILM
In Between Art Film is a movie production company founded in 2007 by Beatrice Bulgari, specialized in the production of independent movies and documenaries based on inter-disciplinarity and exchange between the different artistic languages of our time. Among the most recent productions by In Between Art Film there are “Molly Bloom”, directed by Chiara Caselli (2016); “Il nuotatore di Ra di Martino” (2016); “Where is Rocky II?”, directed by Pierre Bismuth (2016); “Istanbul” and “il Museo dell'Innocenza” by Orhan Pamuk (2015), directed by Grant Gee; “Napoli '44”, a docu-film based on Norman Lewis’ book, directed by Francesco Patierno and narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch. In Between Art Film also collaborates with different organizations for projects and partnerships designed to promote interdisciplinarity between visual arts: Miart, Fiera Internazionale D'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Milano Biennale of Moving Images, Centre D'Art Contemporain Gènev.