Still of an empty billboard art installation - still from 'Milano 20/21' (2021)
Still of an empty billboard art installation - still from 'Milano 20/21' (2021)
Milano 20/21 (2021)

ACMI and the Italian Institute of Culture Melbourne present

Milano 20/21

Maurizio Dalla Palma | Italy | | Unclassified (15+)

Essay films set in Milan during the pandemic and on a meandering journey along the Via Emilia explore the nature of 'space' in poetic and philosophical terms

Free of narration, Maurizio Dalla Palma's essay-style short film 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.

Milano 20/21 screens with Openings.

Format: DCP
Language: Italian with English subtitles
Duration: 25 mins


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77 mins


Unclassified (15+)


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ACMI, Fed Square

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Addressing the concept of 'thresholds' in wide-ranging architectural and philsophical terms, Francesca Molteni and Mattia Colombo's 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.

Some of the 'guides' we will meet along this trajectory include Davide Cassani (coach of Italy's national cycling team), photographer Guido Guidi, architects Fiorenzo Valbonesi and Simone Sfriso, Andrea Stella (the inspirational founder of Lo Spirito di Stella, operators of the world's first universally accessible yacht), Rossella Miccio (President of human rights NGO, Emergency), much-loved bandleader/composer Raoul Casadei, "il re del [ballo] liscio" (the 'king of ballroom dancing'), and Álvaro Siza, one of the great masters of contemporary architecture.

Francesca Molteni and Mattia Colombo | 2021 | Italy | Italian with English subtitles | DCP | 52 min

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