The filmmaker's gaze

Thursday, August 31: today the Giornate degli Autori looks at the cinematic gaze: human visions and robots' perceptions; the female perspective and the viewpoint of the camera over decades of film history; and gazes from parallel realities. First and foremost, the eye in the film vying for the GdA Award, Eye on Juliet, directed by Oscar® nominee Kim Nguyen. The multi-award-winning Canadian director of Vietnamese descent, acclaimed at the world's major festivals since his debut (roughly fifteen years ago), serves up love in a futuristic world that has already arrived.

The other films on the program are all seen through women's eyes, from Raccontare Venezia by Wilma Labate and the two shorts in the Miu Miu Women's Tales series, by dancer and choreographer Celia Rowlson-Hall and the Oscar®-winning actress Chloë Sevigny, to the 3D film I'm by Anne Riitta Ciccone.

Not to be missed before calling it a day is a film made nearly fifty years ago and unseen, until tonight. The fruit of remarkable detective work in the archives, Attempted Suicide in Adolescence is a film by Ermanno Olmi from 1968.

"Those peeks behind the scenes," Giorgio Gosetti explains, "help us, at times, to better understand the beauty of the scenes themselves. On the big screen today, magic may be revealed in ways that feature films traditionally shunned. The paradox in this era of extreme communications, in which there's nothing that can't be spied on, is being able to rediscover universal emotions amidst the abuse, like fear and love; as well as mysterious alternate universes and reassuring glimpses of our dear old cities."

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