Abel Ferrara at Milanesiana. – The Journal of Italy

LA MILANESIANA, conceived and directed by Elisabetta Sgarbi, hosts an evening dedicated exclusively to the fantastic cinema with Abel Ferrara: June 17 at the Anteo Palazzo del Cinema in Milan (Piazza Venticinque April, 8th – starting at 9pm ).

An evening with a rich program that opens with the screening of Chiara Caselli’s short film “Molly Bloom” (2016, 20 ‘), presented at the Venice 73 Film Festival 73 in the Orizzonti section, which gathers in about twenty minutes and in an original way , the last chapter of James Joyce’s “Ulysses”, “Penelope”, better known as the “Molly Bloom” monologue.

After the screening of the short story, there will be a reading by the poet, author and art critic Gabriele Tinti.

During the meeting there will be a dialogue with Abel Ferrara, the essayist and journalist Pedro Armocida and Giulio Sangiorgio, director of film television and film reviewer, who will also speak with Chiara Caselli, and who will subsequently receive the famous American director’s tribute award to Maestro / La Milanesiana.

The evening ends with the screening of “The Addiction” (1995, 82 ‘), one of the director’s most famous works, which has now become a cinema cult.

For info and pre-sale: www.spaziocinema.info/film/abel-ferrara

The appointment will also be visible in streaming on Corriere.it and on the La Milanesiana channel.


Abel Ferrara (1951) is an American director, known for the provocative and often controversial content of his films, his use of neo-noir images and grainy urban surroundings. Always an independent director, some of his most famous films include Ms.45 (1981), King of New York (1990), Bad Lieutenant (1992). He started photographing in the 70s, in high school. In 1975, he moved to Manhattan and began touring the streets of New York, as in The Driller Killer, where he also played Ferrara, a young New York painter whose schizophrenia leads to violence that inaugurated a genre. He later directed films such as Dangerous Game (1993) and New Rose Hotel (1998). In the early 2000s, Ferrara moved to Rome to make its first Italian production recorded abroad, Mary, 2004, which won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival. It was followed by other documentaries such as Naples Naples Naples and films such as Pasolini, in which Willem Dafoe played the great Italian provocateur, premiered at the Venice Film Festival. The pandemic recently brought him to Zero and Ones, the first collaboration with Ethan Hawke in a film shot during the 2020 pre-Christmas lockdown, for which he was awarded Best Director at the Locarno Film Festival. Ferrara is currently preparing the feature film Padre Pio to be shot in Puglia with Shia La Beouf in the role of the charismatic saint. He is also making a documentary.


An eclectic artist, Chiara Caselli is an actress, director and photographer.

Her career as a film actress began as a 19-year-old and quickly became one of the most versatile and international actresses of her generation. He has acted for Michelangelo Antonioni, Liliana Cavani, Marco Tullio Giordana, Gus Van Sant, the Taviani brothers, Dario Argento, among others. His most recent works were with Pupi Avati, Il Signor Diavolo from 2018, and you’re still talking to me about 2021.

He made his directorial debut in 2000 with the short film Per Semper, which was presented in competition at the Venice Film Festival and winner of the Silver Ribbon. In 2016, his short film Molly Bloom from James Joyces Ulysses was presented at the Venice Film Festival and won the Nastri d’Argento Special Award in 2017.

She started photographing at the age of 14 when her father gave her an Olympus OM-1 as a gift. He has been exhibiting since 2008. In 2011 he is at the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and at the International Photographers Festival in Rome. In May 2014 his first solo show in Tokyo; in 2018, she participated in the Moscow Photo Biennale, the only female photographer along with MimmoJodice and Berengo Gardin. The most recent exhibition, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, hosted the Palazzo Doebbing Museum from June 2020 to April 2021.


He is a poet, author and art critic. He wrote inspired by some masterpieces of ancient art such as the boxer at rest, the Suicide Gala, the victorious young man (athlete from Fano), the Barberini fauna, Discobolus, the Parthenon balls, Farnese Hercules and many others. institutions such as the Archaeological Museum of Naples, the Capitoline Museums, the National Roman Museum, the Ara Pacis Museum, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the British Museum in London, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the LACMA of Los Angeles, the Colosseum Archaeological Park and the Glyptothek in Munich.

His poems have been read by actors such as Kevin Spacey, Abel Ferrara, Malcolm McDowell, Robert Davi, Marton Csokas, Stephen Fry, James Cosmo, Vincent Piazza, Michael Imperioli, Franco Nero, Burt Young, Michele Placido, Alessandro Haber, Jamie Mc. Shane and Joe Mantegna.

In 2016, he published Last words (Skira) in collaboration with the American artist Andres Serrano.

In 2020, his collection of poems was published in collaboration with the artist Roger Ballen for the types of Powerhouse Books (New York). In 2021, the 24 Ore Culture Rovine project brought together in a volume for the types of Scheiwiller books (Milan). The English edition was published simultaneously by the publisher Eris Press (London). In 2022, his collection of poems Sanguinamenti- Incipit Tragoedia will be published by La Nave di Teseo (Milan) and – in 2023 – by Contra Mundum Press (New York).

La Milanesiana is the largest traveling festival that promotes dialogue between art and returns this year with its 23rd edition dedicated to the OMISSIONS theme.

An international festival that weaves relationships between literature, music, film, science, art, philosophy, theater, law, economics and sports, and which year after year becomes more and more the main character in the Italian summers.

In fact, from June 4 to August 3, La Milanesiana will arrive in 20 different cities with over 60 meetings and events and welcome more than 150 Italian and international guests.

As in all editions, art plays an important role within the festival, which this year will host 9 exhibitions throughout Italy, from June 4 to September 15.

The rose painted by Franco Battiato, which since the first edition has been the symbol of La Milanesiana, has also been reworked this year by Franco Achilli.

Milanesiana is organized by Imarts International Music and Arts and the Elisabetta Sgarbi Foundation, with the patronage of the Municipality of Milan and the Lombardy Region.

Main sponsor of La Milanesiana: Ealixir, Cariplo Foundation, Bormio Municipality, Rotary Club Bormio Contea, Intesa Sanpaolo, Volvo, Milan Serravalle – Milan Tangenziale, ENEL, Conad, Grafica Veneta.

Partners from La Milanesiana: Emilia-Romagna region, APT Emilia-Romagna region, Ascoli Piceno municipality, Marche region, Almo Collegio Borromeo Pavia, Department of Advanced Studies SSML Carlo Bo, Banca Popolare di Milano Foundation, Anne Meyer Pediatric Hospital Foundation , La Milanesiana Venaria Reale, AEM Foundation, MM Spa, GfK, Corriere della Sera, Damman Frères, Gerardo Sacco, pba, Galleria Vik Milan.

La Milanesiana thanks: Seregno municipality, Alessandria municipality, Sondrio municipality, Bassano del Grappa municipality, Faenza municipality, Imola municipality, Bagno di Romagna municipality, Dozza municipality, Gatteo A Mare municipality, Cervia municipality, Livigno municipality, Florence municipality, Palazzo Reale, Corriere della Sera Foundation, Lille Teater i Milano – Europas Teater, Franco Parenti Teater, No’hma Theater Space, Carcano Teater i Milano, Gerolamo Teater, Anteo, Cinema Mexico, Conservatory of Milano, Ca ‘Sagredo Hotel – Venedig, Il Vittoriale degli Italiani Foundation, Marche Chamber of Commerce, Ascoli Piceno Savings Bank Foundation, Ascoli Piceno Civic Museums, Elisabetta Sgarbi Foundation, Cavallini Sgarbi Foundation, Betty Wrong, Neighborhood Bookshop, Giacomo Milano, Studio Volpatti, Francesca Filauri – Cultural Circle-Mind Together, Studio Toffeletto De Luca Tamajo, Ciaccio Arte, @Video Srl, Piergaetano Marchetti, Netphilo Publishing Srl, Raptus & Rose, Galleria Cer ibelli, Cenacolo Artom, Turin International Bo ok Fair, Bookcity Milan, lafeltrinelli.it and IBS.it, Attilio Ventura, A + G Design, Kinéo, Ornella Bramani, Fabrizio De André Onlus Foundation, Errestampa, Sergio Antolini, Banca Popolare di Sondrio, Credito Valtellinese Foundation, SEV Sondrio Valtellinese Economic Society, Lions Clubs International, Schena Insurance – Banca Generali Private, Pro Valtellina Onlus Foundation, BIM, Rotary Club Milano Precotto San Michele.

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