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Alessandra Faiella – 9 September 1962




Regalo per Porta Romana? Un cinema!


In via Seneca è quasi tutto pronto per l’inaugurazione di una nuova sala: a gennaio aprirà Il Cinemino, originale spazio dedicato alle proiezioni




The lady of the zoo in Warsaw


Directed by Niki Caro

Poland 1939. The brutal Nazi invasion brings death and devastation throughout Europe and the city of Warsaw is repeatedly bombed. Antonina Żabińska and husband, doctor Żabinski, directing the city zoo. When the country is invaded by the Nazis, Antonina and Jan are forced to take orders from the new zoologist imposed by Reich, Lutz Heck. Soon they will join the resistance and organize, risking their lives and the lives of their own children, saving many people confined in the Warsaw Ghetto. The zoo itself will serve as a hiding, concealing cages used to protect humans. The film is based on the novel by Diane Ackerman, essayist, American writer and poet. His articles have appeared in New York Times, The New Yorker, National Geographic, and he has won numerous awards, including l 'Orion Book Award precisely for this novel. Source of the book are the diaries of the true Antonina Żabińska.

A feminine film, between reason and feeling

It certainly can not say that The lady of the Warsaw Zoo is not a movie done right. It is, undoubtedly, and talks about something very important: He tells us in detail the Nazi invasion in Poland and how the people reacted, increasingly, to defend itself and its cultural openness. In this true story, linked to the zoo, until the exit of the novel Ackerman no one knew next to nothing and then it is certainly a film that is worth seeing, although unfortunately, compared to what could have been at issue and invoice level, really guilty of originality. Il film funziona, He has pace, and it is certainly good shot, enriched by the refined photography, although a bit ' "glam", of Andrij Parekh, but it is too classical and flat ... is the usual American film from the cut that we expect to see. The actors were all convincing and Chastain It is perfect for the part, as well as very good. However, the final result is weak and sometimes even excessively rhetorical, without accents. Very convincing Shira Haas, with its elegant and interesting face, in Urzula cloths. Perhaps the director, he had the makings of a big production, He declined to be on the classic, building something good without too unbalanced, but the subject was so powerful, per se, which from my point of view deserve much more, in terms of study and deepening of a narrative formula most sought. Ad ogni modo, la Expensive It continues its important attempt to bring the spotlight stories of real community: thing, given its undeniable professionalism, You can certainly do with more innovative and bold visions. Dubbing is unfortunately ugly, as often happens, and much penalizes the interpretation of Jessica Chastain.


The protagonist, nominated twice for an Oscar, It is engaged in the role of a woman who was his wife, mother, worker and that for many, During the Second World War, it became a heroine. Niki Caro (Whale Rider, North Country – Josey History), He directs the film written by Angela Workman and adapted from the book by Diane Ackerman, published in Italy by Sperling & copper from next 31 October and in turn taken from diaries Antonina Żabińska. An elaborate handover of all female, therefore, for this film developed slowly over 10 age, that branches in the large historical context of the Polish Resistance against the Nazi oppression. At the director he was interested in particular to develop the story of the way <<emerge, in the middle of a war, the size of the fight to preserve the daily life and marriage>>. As a woman, creator of life and sensitive to it in all its forms, Antonina applied to humans his innate understanding of animal psychology, trying to relieve their moods, for example through music. <<This story celebrates life in all its forms>> , says director, and the character played by Chastain It gives value to the spirit of all living beings resisting, as a woman, in fierce fear and destruction era. Antonina was fighting to stay attached to that which is good in people: to preserve the spirit of its guests and what makes us human. The underlying question, that emerges continuously from the story (but unfortunately not always from the film), is: <<Who are the real beasts?!>>. Life in the zoo highlights the central idea which led to the defeat of Hitler: you can not have control over Nature. The world goes on, Nature survives. Animal life at the bottom resists any dictatorship.


The state of Israel has honored the Żabiński mentioning them "Righteous among the Nations" for having given refuge in the beloved zoo to over 300 people, keeping them safe and making them survive the Holocaust. The screenplay was completed with the collaboration of the children of Zabinski, still alive: Lynx and Teresa, protagonists of the story.


This is the story of a Holocaust, because in fact, each experienced the same individual is different. The War Jan is that of a man who turns from intellectual minded, a soldier. The one of Antonina It is more visceral, made of compassion and defense of life, which culminates with childbirth, during the war. The Battle of Heck it was rather that of man against Nature: the zoologist had the animals to heart, but he was also ready to take on their genetic experiments, in an attempt to create mythological beasts; a controversial figure his, Nazi supporter of the idea of ​​an Aryan race that included humans, but also animals, through selective breeding. Heck was very obsessed by 'Hour, mighty bison that once populated the forests of Germany.

As already mentioned, in short, expect a very interesting story, but rather a form canonical.

In output in Italian cinemas 16 November 2017


La forma della voce, in Naoko Yamada


Adapted from the manga A Silent Voice, of Yoshitoki Ōima, published in Italy by Stat Comics, this brave and poetic feature film directed by Naoko Yamada, one of the few Japanese directors, She tells with delicacy and respect the difficulties of Shoko Nishimiya, a young girl suffering from deafness and bullied by a peer, in turn the victim of other companions. In mid-teens, involved in all existential problems that it entails, the young protagonists are wondering, at various levels, whether it is possible, in companies, change and get rid of old stereotypes or labels that people attribute you, chasing the details of sociological and psychological analysis by no means trivial or obvious.
He is having established itself as one of the highest grossing Japanese film of last season, the anime was successfully presented at Future Film Festival 2017.

Something hard to tell

To speak truly of disability and the experience that it inevitably entails, often we must be passed, because it is hard to imagine ... You have to have them known, those sweet girls dreamy-eyed projecting like all toward a future of love and life experiences, or those guys when anger grows, because they would like to play with others, and feel part of the group. Tutti, in some way, We cross this stage, during our teenage years, but in the case of so many unfortunate people is the lack of perspective, to make the idea of ​​unbearable future and gloomy. There is a strong feeling of not being, unavoidably, "Like the others" and of being the road blocked for a multitude of things, if not independence. And it's hard to tell this distinct feeling of lack of freedom, the despair that comes, realize that desperate, Also not wanting us to think, You can not just say and do a multitude of things that others will always give for granted.


With the distinctive style of the best-known authors such as Makoto Shinkai and Hayao Miyazaki, La forma della voce He has been able to tell the exciting story of two teenagers who will have to terms with their convergences, their problems and self-knowledge. Shoko Nishimiya is a sweet deaf girl who is forced to communicate using a notebook. Shoya Ishida is a restless and always active child in competitions with friends. The lives of the two intersect in the most simple and obvious way of the world: Shoya is one of the bullies who make fun of the handicap of Shoko, torturing unbearable as only kids can do. But fate has it that, once he grew and became teenager, Shoya suffer firsthand the torture of bullying. Realizing at last what it means, the boy will try to make up for his mistakes spending time with Shoko and learning to know. central theme of the film is therefore the complexity of the relationship that can arise among teenagers, often conflictual, but also of great understanding. The anime deals with sweetness and genuineness maturation of a boy through growth and the consequent beauty that can come from friendship with the woman who was the object of his scorn. The novel has sold more than 700.000 copies in Japan, and the film is important and pleasant: the script is very refined and so egregious also describes the most intimate psychological nuances and indecipherable. The image and the shots are pleasing, fluid is colored, with original and interesting views. Very beautiful photography, with an intense and poetic study of light and temperature-color in expressive-dramatic function. The soundtrack is appropriate and not intrusive. It creates empathy and sense of suspense. All the characters are essential and carefully constructed. The only drawback: Perhaps the usual redundant effect of a typically Japanese narrative register, always a little 'verging on melodrama and dramatic for emphasizing, but compared to many other previous films, He has nothing too unbalanced.


A surprising film for touch, attention and writing. Sociological, not particularly original, but important. From make-see for children and young, to reflect on bullying and abuse and especially, about what it means to be disabled.

The film will be in Italian cinemas only 24 and 25 October:



The Beautiful Film


From tomorrow 80 films to reflect with the Milan Design Film Festival



The appointment of Leda Mariani

Change location, for this fifth edition, the MDFF, to be held between two floors of the new Antaeus Palazzo del Cinema and it is made even more important by the patronage, as well as the Office for the Culture, the Ministry of Heritage and Culture and Tourism and the Department Responsible for Labor, Trade, Fashion and Design. The reading of this year's key, converted into a dense program of nearly 80 film, It is a crucial reflection on time. Portraits of our time. Portraits of our time, explains one of the organizers Silvia Robertazzi, 'Intends to understand how present and past to walk together ".

• OBSESSION It's still: "We move as a Janus-faced: focused on the immediate, aware that tomorrow, with its load of innovations, is the direction, but also attracted to as a refuge, or inspiration. Time has become our social obsession: it's hard to slow down and risk losing the ability to look at things with depth, with love and sense of wonder. To take care of the beauty takes time: to design, to preserve, understand, To make understand, innovate, learn, and teach. Time to watch again and again, as well as the we can suggest the cinema "

• INSPIRATION The illustrator Noma Bar He signed the poster of this edition, mentre the guest curation 2017 He was assigned to the architect and designer Patricia Urquiola and Alberto Zontone, partners in work and in life, transposing their international look at a selection of programs from history, science and art, entitled Cronotopia, always reflecting on the relationship between time and visionary skills. From movies that have chosen, preview or unpublished – among which Magnificient Obsession: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buildings and Legacy in Japan of Karen Severns and Koichi Mori and The Future of Miranda July -, shines at what level cinema is for them a powerful source of inspiration.

PROGRAM • The program of the days of the Milan Design Film Festival is divided into six sections which refer to different meanings of "time": Architecture, Design, Biography, Italian Panorama, Urban Life, but especially Art of thinking, Examining Time, which contains movies from more philosophical and universal, pushing us to reflect on behaviors, desires and models. Worth noting is the premiere of Dorfles. In a glass of water of Francesco Clerici and co-produced by the own MDFF, Besides Love will save the world of Elisa Fuksas and support, including economic, the Consulate General of the Netherlands, leading Dutch exemplary stories. After the exchange with Beijing and Seoul, This year the festival will also host the Jerusalem Design Week, with a selection of Israeli courts.

• DEBUT Appointment tomorrow at 18.30 with the Italian premiere of The Happy Film, of Hillman Curtis, Stefan Sagmeister and Ben Nabors (2016), in which the Austrian graphic Stefan Sagmeister, who lives in New York and is known for his covers of the Rolling Stones album, di Jay-Z and I Talking Heads, He decides to try to redesign its personality to become happier, leading
three experiments controlled: meditation, therapy and medication. But the personal life creeps in and confuses the process, approaching the author himself. And so the question remains: you can train your mind to be happier?

From tomorrow 22 October
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