(20/04/08)– Antonioni will be paid tribute at the Documenta Madrid between 02 and 11 May. The venue is an international event dedicated to documentary film. Besides the Italian director, who died in July last year, Jean-Luc Godard, Abbas Kiarostami and Orson Welles will dissect the history of film in the series Intimate Elegies
According to the Documenta organisation Antonioni was chosen because of the way he "exploited film’s possibilities to show reality in a unique way. The Ferrara-born director stood out for his brave redefinition of the narrative concept of film by breaking with established norms to tell a story on film."
Antonioni was known for telling, evoking and suggesting just through a silent succession of meticulously-framed and austere images. In his minimalist style, he portrayed solitude and isolation, the enigma of a desolate world, everything that Antonioni himself defined as "incomunicabilitá", which is present in documentaries such as Gente del Po (1943-1947); Sette canne, un vestido (1949); Kumbha Mela (1989); Noto-Mandorli Vulcano-Stromboli Carnevale (1992) and Lo Sguardo di Michelangelo (2004), one of his last works.
Intimate Elegies will be presented as part of the Informative Sections, a series that looks at film history, from its beginnings to the present day from the point of view of its creators. Among the works included are Roads to Kiarostami(2006), a different journey by Abbas Kiarostami in the development of his work-; JLG/JLG: Autoportrait de décembre (1995), by Jean-Luc Godard – a reflection on the seventh art-; Il giorno della prima di ‘Close Up’ (1996) – in which Nanni Moretti watches over the preparations for the premiere of the film Close Up by Kiarostami-; and Filming Othello (1978) – in which Orson Welles uses footage shot during the preparation of the film to make a film essay.
Other major filmmakers included in this series are Ingmar Bergman (Karins ansikte, 1984); Wim Wenders (Tokyo-Ga, 1985); Peter Tscherkassky (Outer Space, 1999); José Luis Guerin (Innisfree, 1989); Federico Fellini (Block-notes di un regista, 1969) and Chris Marker (Une journée d’Andrei Arsenevitch , 2000).