Not long now until the inauguration of La Casa del Cinema at the Teatro della Compagnia in Florence.
The regional project for quality cinema in Tuscany will have its headquarters in Via Cavour, thanks to an agreement signed by the Regional Government, the Agency for territorial cohesion and MIBACT as part of the programme Sensi contemporanei. The initiative, whose objective is to promote and develop the Tuscan audiovisual industry, officially kicks off on Thursday, October 27 with Regional President Enrico Rossi and Vice President Monica Barni.
To mark the occasion, the film “Novembre 1966. I giorni del diluvio”, a 50 anni dall’alluvione di Firenze is set to be screened.
But the cultural activities organised to mark the 50th anniversary of Florence’s floods don’t end here.
The Casa del Cinema della Toscana theatre company will devote Friday, November 4 to a day of screenings. It starts at 3:30pm with the screening of 241 Chilometri al mare by Tobia Pescia, a Unicoop Firenze project about the “stories and lives on the river”. At 6:30pm, a preview of Henry Pacciani’s Dopo l’Alluvione. The film investigates how the catastrophe transformed the city and focuses on the people who came from all over the world to save its works of art, posing challenges that remain to this day.
At 9pm, in collaboration with the Festival dei Popoli, the highly anticipated film by Mario Carbone, Firenze, novembre ’66, (Italia 1966, 24’), reimagined by L’Immagine Ritrovata in 2016, focuses on the cultural, social and human issues in the aftermath of the Florence disaster, a poignant testimony produced as the rescue was underway.
At 9:30pm, in continued collaboration with the Festival dei Popoli, the day’s events close with a screening at La Compagnia of Camminando sull’acqua by Gianmarco D’Agostino. It presents the flood through the eyes and camera lens of Beppe Fantacci who, along with Emilio Pucci and Enzo Tayar, devised a plan to revive more than 300 artisan workshop from the mud, many of who are still in operation today. In the film, the testimonies of Bargellini, Ferragamo and Pucci and previously unseen colour archive footage.
On the evening of November 4 and every evening in the following two weeks, a videomapping installation on Ponte Vecchio will recount just what happened to one of the city’s landmarks when the Arno overflowed and invaded the city. The event, in addition to its spectacular beauty, will provide visibility to the rich and unusual photos of the Archivio Fotografico Locchi, the project’s partners.
A video installation about the Arno’s path from Capo d’Arno to Bocca d’Arno will be staged at the Galleria delle Carrozze di Firenze. The exhibition, curated by the Fondazione Sistema Toscana, shares what happened in 1966 and the changes that occurred in subsequent years across the Tuscan towns and cities affected by the flood.
The Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze, one of the landmarks of the 1966 flood, has created a digital catalogue of preserved photographs. The catalogue includes 35,000 photographs that testify what happened in those tragic days. To highlight this recovered heritage and make it accessible to the public, the library has created an “augmented reality” that can be enjoyed on tablet or smartphone with the app “Arno66-TimeTravel”, which invites you to walk through the city as it was in 1966.
From November 1 to 13 at Palazzo Vecchio, catch “Alfabeti sommersi”, a contemporary art exhibition featuring the works of two great contemporary artists, Emilio Isgrò and Anselm Kiefer, who have made the artistic and poetic reflection on books – a symbolic object of the Florentine flood – the centre of their artistic experience.
And finally, the Progetto RIVA, promoted by Associazione Mus.e with the art direction of Valentina Gensini will be launched on the 50th anniversary of the Florence flood as an artistic and interdisciplinary platform involving Le Murate. Progetti Arte Contemporanea, the Centre for Production Research and Music Teaching, Tempo Reale, the Fondazione Studio Marangoni, the Studio++ artistic collective and Radio Papesse. Within its full calendar of events, Mus.ee and Fondazione Studio Marangoni will hold a photographic exhibition of international calibre on November 18 featuring Arno Minkkinen, Massimo Vitali and Jay Wolke, all of whom have exhibited their work in museums and galleries around the world and have produced a new series in which they interpret Florence and the city’s relationship with the Arno river.