Roberto Minervini © Viennale


The Other Side of Contemporary Italian Cinema

Roberto Minervini is a nonconventional filmmaker who began on his own, away from the institutional funding framework, in a foreign country and in an independent and personal way. He is an explorer, a pioneer who thus celebrates the great tradition of cinema. He is also an artisan who defines himself as such within the creative process of the deconstruction and reconstruction of stories in his films. His works are the fruit of patient and respectful observation, they are journeys through politically and socially complex universes. STOP THE POUNDING HEART (2013) premiered at the Cannes Festival, outside the competing section, THE OTHER SIDE (2015) premiered at Un Certain Regard, also at Cannes. By including these movies and his latest film, WHAT YOU GONNA DO WHEN THE WORLD’S ON FIRE? (which is part of the International Competition at the next Venice Film Festival), we have the opportunity to get to know – for the first time in Vienna – an extraordinary and powerful filmmaker.

In the presence of Roberto Minervini.