Again this year, from May 8th to 19th, the Italian Pavilion will be at the Cannes Film Festival in the halls of the Hotel Majestic, with its terrace facing the Montée des Marches. It’s a space dedicated to Italian cinema and, for the occasion, turn into a magical and timeless space, the Dream Factory par excellence: Cinecittà. Since 1937, Cinecittà creates cinema and makes dream come true, there where Italian cinema enlivens its past, present, and future imaginary. Made by Luce Cinecittà in collaboration with Anica and with the contribution of Cinema Directorate General, Ministry of Economic Development, ICE and Farnesina, the Italian Pavilion has been designed by the Rome-based artistic collective NONE. During the whole festival, it will be available for press conferences, debates, presentations and business meetings for all industry delegates. The terrace will host the press activity of the Italian films presented in Cannes.
Within this space, a multi-media and immersive installation titled Wonder! will bring back the magic of Cinecittà’s alleys in order to revive the illusion of worlds created in front of the camera, and to unveil those hiding behind it. Like in a Chinese box, the installation is composed by many sceneries, following one another, and unleashing the astonishment of cinema. By entering Wonder! one plunges in a oneiric and surreal world, a factory without walls shrouded in a starry sky, between temporary architectures that appears when the wind blows, oleographic and volumetric projections on gold nets. Technology is used to magnify reality through sound and light effects, to evoke the world of the unconscious, the inner life, the dream: making the surreal come true. The viewers are accompanied through this oneiric journey by a number of scenes taken from classic films such as The Leopard, Cleopatra, The Last Emperor, but also from more recent works like Children of the Night by Andrea De Sica and Lucky by Sergio Castellitto, and films that represent Italy on the Croisette this year: Matteo Garrone’s Dogman, Alice Rohrwacher’s Happy as Lazzaro, Valeria Golino’s Euphoria.
The partners of the Italian Pavilion are APT, ITALIAN SHORT FILM CENTER, CSC - CENTRO SPERIMENTALE DI CINEMATOGRAFIA, DOC IT, FESTA DEL CINEMA DI ROMA, FONDAZIONE CINEMA PER ROMA, ROME CITY OF FILM, FONDAZIONE ENTE DELLO SPETTACOLO, GIORNATE DEGLI AUTORI, ITALIAN FILM COMMISSIONS, ITALY FOR MOVIES, CREATIVE EUROPE DESK MEDIA, MIA, UNEFA, SNGC, SNCC, CINECITTA'NEWS and 8 ½ .
Moreover, Italian Pavilion wishes to thank all those companies that, by offering their food and beverage products, will make our working and leisure time more enjoyable: Vini Ponte, Bonaventura Maschio, Caffè Aiello, Bibanesi, Azienda Agricola Villa Stabbia, Botran, Lauretana, Antica Distilleria Petrone, Gotto d'oro, Dr. Vranjes, Villa delle monache.