PESTIFERA – The Summer Film Festival of Castello di Rivoli

Curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Irene Dionisio, and Fulvio Paganin
Coordinatated by Roberta Aghemo and Giulia Colletti
Visit to the Museum: 10 am – 9 pm
Reception: 7 pm –  9 pm
Philosophical reading:  9.15 pm – 9.30 pm
Screening: 9.30 pm
Free admission to the cinema with
the Museum ticket (€ 8,50 full price ticket, € 6,50 reduced ticket)

The summer film festival investigates the representation of pandemics and takes place every Friday from June 26, when Die Pest im Florenz (The Plague in Florence, 1919) will be screened, until July 24, when the new film Buio (Darkness, 2019) by Emanuela Rossi will be screened.

Specially set to live music, The Plague in Florence is a film by Otto Rippert written by Fritz Lang. Inspired by the short story The Mask of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe, the film is set during the black plague of the fourteenth century, who decimated the Florentine and European population. Made between 1918 and 1919, the film indirectly speaks of its time, in the post-war Europe crossed by the Spanish fever pandemic. The silent film will be specially sounded by the composer and multimedia artist Riccardo Mazza.

The summer film festival includes screenings of cult films such as Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu (1978) which investigates the inextricable nature of Evil and Lars von Trier’s Epidemic (1987) as well as the latest releases during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Reflecting on the festival, the artist and filmmaker Irene Dionisio states, “The systematic exploitation of the planet turns into the scourge of the 21st century through a predicted and foreseeable zoonosis. Humanity, a species on the move, after a long and forced captivity, has been faced with the banal certainty of its own finiteness. Faced with the “absurdity”, Albert Camus would write, of his own existence, how to react in order not to give in to madness? Cinematographic representation, like a succession of threshold images of the global collective unconscious, offers us a possible catharsis, epoché and, perhaps, recovery of a much-desired collective breath “.

Each screening is introduced by a 15-minute intervention, veering between sound and philosophical readings.

The maximum number of places available is 55. Admission is subject to availability
Please book your ticket here
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June 26, 9.30 pm
Die Pest im Florenz / The plague in Florence (1919)

Directed by Otto Rippert (92’)
With Theodor Becker, Karl Bernhard, Julietta Brandt

Written by Fritz Lang and based on a story by E. A. Poe, the film transports the viewer into the mystical climate of the Middle Ages. The plague rages everywhere leaving behind death, which in the film has human features. The plague in Florence is a German film presented at the Marmorhaus in Berlin, in the middle of the Spanish fever pandemic.

The film will be sonorized live by Riccardo Mazza
The film will be introduced by the medieval historian Giuseppe Sergi

July 3, 9.30 pm
Nosferatu the Vampyre (1978)
Directed by Werner Herzog (107 ’)
With Klaus Kinski, Bruno Ganz, Isabelle Adjani

Klaus Kinski plays Dracula with a torn soul, suspended between the impossibility of escaping his nature of immortal demon, personification of the plague, and the will to die to put an end to his eternal torment. W. Herzog creates a dreamlike, surreal and allegorical depiction that constitutes a tribute and at the same time a contemporary reinterpretation of an absolute masterpiece of German Expressionism, Murnau’s Nosferatu (1922).

The film will be introduced by a live reading by curator Marianna Vecellio
of Nel contagio (Amidst Contagion, 2020) by Paolo Giordano

July 10, 9.30 pm
Epidemic (1987)
Directed by Lars von Trier (102 ‘)
With Allan De Waal, Ole Ernst, Michael Gelting

A director and screenwriter, Von Trier himself and Niels Vørsel, are working on a film set in a world in which a mysterious epidemic has spread. During the production of the film, however, a real pandemic broke out. In a sophisticated and disturbing metanarrative game von Trier signs the second film of the European Trilogy. The film will be introduced by the live reading of the philosopher Leonardo Caffo of his Covid Manifesto: For an after that was a before (2020)

July 17, 9.30 pm
28 Days Later (2002)
Directed by Danny Boyle (112 ’)
With Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

A young man named Jim wakes up from the coma in which he ended up after a car accident. After leaving the hospital, he finds himself wandering the streets of London devastated by a virus that has transformed its inhabitants into creatures hungry for human flesh. The director directs a post apocalyptic horror film that pays homage to zombie movies. Loosely based on John Wyndham’s novel The Day of the Triffids (1951).

The film will be introduced by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev‘s live reading of the text Riflessioni sulla peste (Reflections on the plague, 27 March 2020) by Giorgio Agamben
July 24, 9.30 pm

Dark (2019)
directed by Emanuela Rossi (98 ’)
With Valerio Binasco, Denise Tantucci, Gaia Bocci

Stella, Luce and Aria spend the days in lockdown, segregated at home. Every evening, when he returns, the father tells how dangerous the world is outside. One day the man disappears and Stella, the eldest daughter, is forced to go out to do supplies. A post-apocalyptic fairy tale, but also a training novel that is a hymn to the life and strength of adolescence. First work by the director, winner in 2019 of the Alice nella Città section at the Rome Film Festival.

The film will be introduced by the director Emanuela Rossi and by the live reading of the artist and filmmaker Irene Dionisio of the text Coronavirus Capitalism by Naomi Klein

And for those who stay at home instead of coming to the arena, we suggest in our virtual room – Digital Cosmos – the cult zombie movie:

The Last Man on Earth (1964)
Directed by Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow (86 ’)

With Vincent Price, Franca Bettoja, Emma Danieli
A disease spreads turning victims into vampires. Only one scientist (Price) survives. Desperately look for an antidote, but vampires hunt him down. From Richard Matheson’s novel I Am Legend (1954). The themes of the pandemic and loneliness in a film made three years after the Bay of Pigs and by the fear of the nuclear apocalypse.
And, in addition, after September 25

Corona (2020-in progress)
Directed by Mostafa Keshvari (65’)
With Emy Aneke, Zarina Sterling, Richard Lett

The film by the young Iranian-Canadian artist and director investigates the themes of fear and racism through the story of a group of people stuck in an elevator during the Covid-19 pandemic. A study on society, people and moral choices narrated through a group of individuals stuck in a confined space. A claustrophobic portrait of the corporate effects of the global pandemic.

The festival is organized in collaboration with Distretto Cinema