Florence, Willem Dafoe guest at La Compagnia cinema. That’s when

Florence, November 19, 2023 – Sunday November 19 at 21:00 at the La Compagnia cinema from Florence Willem Dafoe will be a guest on Closing Night the sixteenth edition of the Lo scuola dell’arte festival to attend the Italian theatrical premiere of Inside (2023) together with director Vasilis Katsoupis and film producer Giorgos Karnavas. In the film, the actor plays the role of Nemo, an art thief who, during an attempted theft, gets trapped and completely isolated in luxury New York penthouse. In a crescendo of tension, the house becomes a prison, a gilded cage where the protagonist must fight hunger and thirst to survive.

The only possible interaction becomes that with the works of art that surround him. These will play a vital and active role in the story as co-protagonists until the surprise ending. The collection of contemporary art that appears in the film has the uniqueness of being conceived as a real exhibition that interacts with the script: the curator is Leonardo Bigazzi, contains 38 worksbetween painting, sculpture, drawing, photography and video, some of which were specially commissioned for Inside, with artists such as Maxwell Alexandre, John Armleder, Breda Beban, Maurizio Cattelan, Lynn Chadwick, Julius von Bismarck, Francesco Clemente, Jonathas de Andrade, Albrecht Fuchs, Petrit Halilaj, David Horvitz, Cinthia Marcelle and Tiago Mata Machado, MASBEDO, Adrian Paci, Amalia Pica, Joanna Piotrowska, Janis Rafa, Stefanos Rokos, Egon Schiele, Superstudio, Rayyane Tabet, Luc Urban Tuymans, Alvaro.

The program of the last day of Art Canvas 2023 starts at 4 pm with the Italian preview of Man in Black (2023) by the Chinese director and artist Wang Bing. The main character, Wang Xilin, one of the most important contemporary Chinese composers. His naked body marked by time it merges with words, in memories of the artistic journey and at the same time of dissidence towards the political events of his country. This is followed by the Italian premiere of Nam June Paik: Moon Is the Oldest TV by Amanda Kim, a documentary dedicated to the figure of this artist, the absolute forerunner of the relationship between art, technology and the screen.

At 19:15 Andrea Viliani, artistic director of Pompeii Commitment. Archaeological matters will be in the presentation room I am Hymns of the New Temple by Wael Shawky. For the artist, the archaeological site is at the same time a symbol of the end and the beginning, a matrix of history and story, a natural ecosystem and a thousand-year-old witness of the stratification of Mediterranean cultures. At 21:00 there will be an announcement of the winning film of the Under 30 Audience Award, The Screen of Art, 16th year, which will receive a work created by the artist Robert Fasson.

Maurizio Costanzo

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