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Milano 20/21 - Milan Design Film Festival at ACMI



Milano 20/21 - Milan Design Film Festival at ACMI

ACMI and the IIC Melbourne present Milano 20/21 (2021, 25') by Maurizio Dalla Palma. In this free of narration essay-style short film Dalla Palma employs images, ambient sound and music to map how his perceptions of Milan, in Italy's industrial north, and its surrounds, changed during the Covid-19 pandemic. Recurring images of the city's Duomo cathedral, shot over a number of seasons, mark the passing of time in a film that otherwise follows a poetic 'narrative' thread free of hard and fast temporal or spatial signposts. Empty streets at night, vacant shopfronts, the wonder that arises from particular views of the city, construction sites and advertisements that morph into dreamlike images and a tentative sense, finally, of a re-emergence into a new reality, all are grist for Dalla Palma's subjectivity.

It screens with Openings (2021, 52') by Francesca Molteni and Mattia Colombo. Addressing the concept of 'thresholds' in wide-ranging architectural and philsophical terms, this peripatetic film explores the relationship between exterior and interior spaces, between art and life, necessity and creative effort, philosophy and civic life. Along the historic Via Emilia, an ancient Roman road that crosses the length of Italy's Emilia Romagna region, the filmmakers' journey is made of pitstops, crossings and wanderings in towns and cities from Rimini to Milano via Faenza, Imola, Ravenna, Cesena and others.


Screening dates and time

Fri 20 May 2022, 5:30pm

Mon 23 May 2022, 6:30pm


Cinemas, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Date: Da Friday, May 20, 2022 a Monday, May 23, 2022

Organized by : ACMI and IIC Melbourne

Entrance : With fee


ACMI, Federation Square