Aquileia between art, cinema and archeology

On July 26, the thirteenth edition of the Aquileia Film Festival begins, the review of cinema, art and archeology, which will animate Aquileia with films, conversations and books until August 2 on the natural stage in Piazza Capitolo.

All evenings begin at 21.00 and free admission with reservations is required on the Eventbrite platform at the link

“Cinema is a powerful tool for getting in touch with people – points out Roberto CorciuloChairman of the Aquileia Foundation – to convey the value of history through the emotions of history. This edition of the Festival offers a varied program with two main and highly topical topics: the watera very valuable and fundamental resource for the development of ancient civilizations and cultural heritage at risk during war conflicts. As a festival and as a UNESCO site, we renew our commitment to spread and share the beauty, awareness and value of our heritage ».

The festival opens Tuesday, July 26th with an evening event dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pier Paolo Pasolini in collaboration with La Cineteca Del Friuli. The agreement is scheduled for 21.00 in Piazza Capitolo for viewing “Medea”, milestone in Italian film history, made in 1969 and directed by Pasolini, who reinterprets the myth and leaves the role of the main character to the “divine” Maria Callas. His intention is to reflect on the encounter between different cultures represented by Medea and Jason. The external images were also shot in the Grado Lagoon, a site discovered thanks to his friendship with the Friulian painter Giuseppe Zigaina, who also took him to visit the excavations and the Basilica of Aquileia. We will talk about it with the daughter Alessandra Zigainajournalist and with the teacher Francesca Agostinelli, curator of the exhibition currently underway in Grado, dedicated to Pasolini’s unpublished drawings. Leads the meeting Elena Commessattijournalist and writer who will lead us to the discovery of an intimate and unpublished Pasolini.

Movies and conversations under the stars alternate on stage in front of the Patriarchs’ Basilica for an edition that steps into the heart of archeology evenings on July 27 and will propose five films in competition, among which spectators choose the winner of the Aquileia Prize, a mosaic made by Mosaic School of Friuli.

Wednesday, July 27th the public will be able to be captivated by the fascinating adventure of underwater archeology in the Mediterranean told in the film Thalassa, the narrative and discover the threat of an eruption in the Phlegraean Fields that would endanger millions of residents of the city of Naples thanks to the research of the scientists involved in the documentary The next Pompeii.

Thursday, July 28th we travel between the ancient ports of the Roman Empire, from Narbo Martius, an important colony in the south of France described in Narbonne, the other Rome in Portus (Ostia Antica) main character in the short film Here we start painting with stones.

Water, a crucial and precious resource that has enabled the development of cities and strategic areas in the Roman Empire, including Aquileia, will be the leitmotif of the two evenings and the element that the dialogues led by Piero Prunetidirector of Archeologia Viva.

Guests at the Festival Stage on Wednesday 27 July Paolo Giulierinidirector of the National Archaeological Museum of Naples e Fabio Paganodirector of the Campi Flegrei Archaeological Park, while the main characters will be on Thursday 28 July Marta Novellodirector of the National Archaeological Museum of Aquileia together with Edino Valcovich And Chiara Mistellireferences from MuCa – Museum of Shipbuilding of Monfalcone.

Friday the 29th July The festival enters into the harsh reality and through the film Eden of Ciriaco by Olivier Bourgeois, shot right inside the Archaeological Museum of Aleppo during the Syrian Civil War in 2011, wants to relaunch a message of hope because culture understood as knowledge of the other can and must be an alternative to conflicts involving humanity. The film shows for the first time to the public the race against time for archaeologists, workers and guardians, who ten years ago saved 24,000 finds from the Aleppo Museum during bombing and secured an archaeological heritage that is fundamental to the history of the Near East. With Suad Amiry, Palestinian author and architect, founder of the Riwaq Center for the Protection of Palestinian Architectural and Cultural Heritage in Ramallah, we will talk about cultural heritage at risk during wars. The author, who was born in Damascus, has lived between Amman, Damascus, Beirut and Cairo. Winner of the Nonino Risit d’Aur Award in 2014, she has always fought for peace in the Middle East.

Sunday, July 31 at 9 p.m.after the great TV success, appears on the square in Aquileia Mary’s choicethe documentary filmed in Aquileia and produced by Anele, which traces the historical, political and social history of the unknown soldier through the interpretations of Sonia Bergamasco in the role of Italy’s Mother Maria Bergamasby Cesare Bocci in the role of Minister of War Luigi Gasparotto and Alessio Vassallo as lieutenant Augusto Tognasso. Intertwining the fictional narrative with precious vintage repertoires, original animations and a series of “reconstructed interviews” with the main characters.

After conversation away Zoom with Cesare Boccidirected by Elena Commessatti.

Monday, August 1st on the big screen, it’s the turn Postojna-stien. Via Postumia – one of the most important and strategic consular routes of the Roman Empire, crucial for east-west connections within the Italian peninsula – Genoa connected with Aquileia and created a bridge between the regions of Gaul and present-day Spain with the empire to the east and trade routes to the east. Paolo Rumiz walks along it on the stretch from Cremona to Aquileia and tells about it in this video.

That conversation with Paolo Rumizjournalist, writer, traveler led by Cristiano Tiussiarchaeologist and director of the Aquileia Foundation.

The festival closes Tuesday, August 2nd with the screening of the award-winning documentary “Langobardi – Alboino and the Romans“. A documentary dedicated to the Lombard world, which through a balance between cinema and historical and archaeological revelation tells the story of King Alboino, the arrival of the Lombard people to the Italian peninsula and the birth of the Roman village, an important Friulian military garrison. given us back one of the largest Lombard necropolises in Italy Elena Commessatti moderates it conversation with Matteo Grudinachairman of the Invicti Lupi Association.

The festival is organized by the Aquileia Foundation in collaboration with Archeologia Viva, Florence Archeofilm and with Aquileia municipality, Friuli Venezia Giulia region, Superintendence of Archeology, Fine Arts and Landscape of the Fvg, PromoTurismoFvg, So.Co.Ba Foundation, Friuli Mosaic School and support from Solaris Yachts.

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