Film and Performance by Stefano Canapa


A film by Catherine Libert et Stefano Canapa
Documentary, FRA/ITA ,72 min., 2010, with English subtitles

Apart from the usual grand narrative history of the Italian cinema and the announcements of its demise, there is another history, that of an invisible, oppositional cinema, that no storm can destroy because it will always return, spontaneous and free, like the couch grass along the side roads. Les Champs brûlants is the fourth episode of Chemins de traverse, a road movie that crosses Italy, from north to south, in search of independent cinema, believed to be dead but alive and well. From the ruins of the Circo Massimo in Rome, via its forgotten suburbs, to the rubble of Pozzuoli, the film seeks out a form of ”survival cinema”, that of Beppe Gaudino and Isabella Sandri.

circo massimo_blog

Like a visual musical piece, Petrolio is a complex composition built up out of simple, clear sequences. This particular film sequence – two teenagers on a pier – is the subject and the starting point of a trajectory that passes through minimal changes and progressive superimpositions to the heart of the film material. The depth to which the film material is explored is the result of combining various laboratory techniques (chemical/photographic) ahead of time with an array of projector manipulations (optical/mechanical) while the work is performed live onto a screen. The performance is a live audiovisual 16mm duet.

Thursday, 17.01.2013 at 8:00 PM
Panke e.V. Gerichtstr. 23, Hof V. 13347, Wedding, Berlin