Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires

La Sapienza

In the film’s seven opening minutes, the eccentric Eugène Green elegantly deploys and condenses the symbolical coordinates of his fifth film: many wide shots of the cathedral that serves as inspiration for the film’s title are accompanied by a choir chant of religious connotations. Next, when receiving an award, the architect played by Fabrizio Rongione offers an acceptance speech and states his views on the world and its buildings: “I’m a materialist. A true defender of French secularism.” In that amiable tension between two different views on the world, the protagonist and his wife –a heterodox psychoanalyst– go on a trip for a few days and, as a consequence of an accidental meeting with a young couple (who are actually siblings), the man goes after the great baroque architect Francesco Borromini. The deliberate anti-naturalism in the performances, as well as the director’s mysterious frontal shot/reverse shots, work as a poetic purification system whose aim is to intensify a perceptive experience that goes against our way of being in this world. RK

Year: 2014
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Minutes: 105
Seconds: 0

D, G: Eugène Green

F: Raphäel O’Byrne

E: Valérie Loiseleux

S: Mirko Guerra, Sonia Portoghese P,

PE: Martine De Clermont-Tonnerre, Alessandro Borrelli 

CP: Mact Productions, La Sarraz Pictures


Fabrizio Rongione, Christelle Prot Landman, Ludovico Succio, Arianna Nastro


La Sarraz Pictures. Antonietta Bruni
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Eugène Green Estados Unidos Francia

He was born in 1947 in New York, but moved to Paris to study Literature, Languages, and Art History, and is a French citizen since 1976. He directed The Living World (2003; Bafici ‘04), Correspondences (2007), a segment of the collective film Memories (2007; Bafici ‘08) and The Portuguese Nun (2009; Bafici ‘10), among others.

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