venice film week

sorelle povere di santa chiara a film by nina danino

official selection:
venice film week, 29 august - 4 september 2016
casa del cinema, venice


THE VENICE FILM WEEK IS AN ANNUAL EVENT SHOWCASING INDEPENDENT FILMS WITH AN EDGE. THE VFW FOCUSES ON THE UNCONVENTIONAL, THE UNUSUAL, THE UNDERGROUND, THE INTUITIVE, THE INNOVATIVE, THE MINIMALISTIC AND THE TRUE ARTISTS OF OUR TIME. BASED IN VENICE (ITALY) THE FESTIVAL AIMS TO SCREEN UP TO 100 FEATURE AND SHORT FILMS.

Sorelle Povere di Santa Chiara a film by Nina Danino,
12 mins, 16mm, black and white, silent. 2016
Official Selection and Jury Awards: Venice Film Week 29 August- 4 September 2016.

Besides being an important figure in contemporary experimental cinema, as a film director in numerous works Nina Danino has explored historical issues and questions of identity related to Gibraltar, her home. Hence the invitation to produce a work for San Marino acquires an even greater value within the general framework of the project. The artist worked independently in relation to the purely filmic language but following certain strands that over the years have characterized her specific research in film, such as the survey of the theme of the sacred (The Silence is Baroque, Communion), or the development of stories and research devoted to female figures (Stabat Mater, Now Iím Yours) and the dimension of an intimate and private narrative (First Memory, Apparitions). The result is a complex research project that recounts the small religious community of the Poor Sisters, nuns in the Monastery of Santa Chiara in San Marino. Silence, singing, prayer, the sacred space and the life of the sisters are combined in a mixed-media installation with interviews, documents, texts and an amazing sound installation with the singing of the nuns at its heart: at once individual and choral, like their community life.
Alessandro Castigioni from the volume The Voices of the Sirens, Mousse Publishing, Milan 2015.

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Photo credit:
film still from Sorelle Povere di Santa Chiara, Nina Danino, 2016