Italian Film Festival/Conference: Franco Maresco
The Seventh Annual Film Symposium on New Trends in Modern and Contemporary Italian Cinema with filmmaker Franco Maresco and Producer Rean Mazzone is presented by Indiana University’s Department of French and Italian. Support comes from the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of French and Italian, Mary-Margaret Barr Koon Fund, Olga Ragusa Fund for the Study of Modern Italian Literature and Culture, College Arts and Humanities Institute, IU Bloomington Provost Lauren Robel, and IU Cinema. All films are Italian language with English subtitles. Special thanks to Rean Mazzone and Ila Palma–Dream Film for supplying all films.
FRANCO MARESCOItalian filmmaker Franco Maresco is perhaps best known for creating films with cinematographer Daniele Ciprì, with whom Maresco began working in 1986. In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, the duo became known and appreciated for their works for Italian national television. In 1995, Maresco made his first film with Ciprì, Lo zio di Brooklyn (The Uncle from Brooklyn), followed by Totò che vise due volte (Totò Who Lived Twice), which became true cinematic events for their new style of filmmaking and for opening a window to a world apart, a world neglected and forgotten, a world that can be understood only as a response to the idea of “post”—post-modern, post-atomic, post-historical, but also meta-historical. Maresco’s cinema shows the baseness, the imperfection, the incompleteness of humanity and its degradation. His vision creates a new aesthetic of ugliness, which, like a phoenix, rises from the ashes of a burned civilization. Maresco proposes an alternative vision to the imaginary future created by technology by showing a world consumed and burned-out. His films are set in an environment surrounded by ruins, rubbles of the post industrial age. He shows humanity that has lost the ideals of the Renaissance man.
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