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Il Palazzo + Q&A
Institute of Contemporary Arts
April 2023
Il Palazzo, dir. Federica Di Giacomo, 2021, Italy / Czech Republic, 97 min., Italian with English subtitles

In the heart of Rome, facing St Peter’s Basilica, stands Il Palazzo. Like a renaissance patron, its owner offered shelter to an eclectic and sui generis group of friends, turning Il Palazzo into an art commune that at times acted as an incubator of creativity, dreams and poems. At other times, though, it served as a trap, a perfect excuse for avoidance and procrastination, while everything revolved around a charismatic Pygmalion figure: Mauro. 

Filmmaker Federica Di Giacomo was herself an occasional member of this community, and was invited back by the older tenants who came together after Mauro’s sudden passing. At times melancholic, at times humorous, Il Palazzo is a portrait of the man and of the artist reconstructed through the stories of those who knew him, together with snatches from the original archive of the visionary project that would consume his life: an unfinished project that now serves as a mirror reflecting images from the past.

This screening is a UK Premiere and is followed by Q&A with director Federica Di Giacomo, hosted by the ICA's Head of Cinema, Nico Marzano.

The screening is supported by the Italian Cultural Institute London.

Also on Saturday:

Symposium – how to think: Radio Silence 
The Aesthetics of Framing: Roberto Minervini in Conversation 
Masterclass – Cinematic Visions: The Methodologies of Gianfranco Rosi + Notturno 
Daniel Blumberg: FRAIM
05:30 pm
Sat, 27 Nov 2021
Cinema 1
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