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The Ship – Milan Design Film Festival at ACMI

ACMI and IIC Melbourne present The Ship (La Nave, 2020, 84’) by Hans Wilschut.

The residential complex known as Le Vele, in the Naples district of Scampia, is among the most notorious in the history of 20th century Italian architecture. Among the most well known projects of Franz Di Salvo (1913–77), dating back to his involvement in 1962, Le Vele’s design – which originally included a series of seven ‘sails’ – was initially praised for the modernity of its vision; its construction, beginning in 1975, instead remains an object lesson in how far a project can fall short of its original concept and intentions. Despite the controversial history of Le Vele, some of the district’s long-standing inhabitants are determined to reclaim some sense of civic pride in the neighbourhood they call home.

It screens with short film Heterotopia: La Maddalena (2020, 40′) by Ivo Pisanti. 

In September 2018, the organisers of Heterotopia” La Maddalena invited eight architecture studios – Enorme Studio, False Mirror Office, Open Fabric, Orizzontale, Parasite 2.0, Something Fantastic, Traumnovelle and Urbz – researchers, a few special guests (Stefano Boeri, Luis Callejas, Pippo Ciorra) and 80 students from all over the world to participate in ten days of workshops, panel discussions, practical experimentation and cultural exchange in a sun-drenched research ‘laboratory’, the Maddalena archipelago, located in the Sardinian province of Sassari.


Screening dates and time

Sat 21 May 2022, 2:00pm

Mon 30 May 2022, 6:30pm


Cinema 2, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

>>> For more information and to book tickets click here

  • Organized by: ACMI and IIC Melbourne