Parter of the Ca’ Foscari Short Film Festival since its first edition, Volumina traditionally bestows the special mention to the work of the Competition that offers the best contribution to cinema as an art. This year, the Ca’ Foscari Short Film Festival has decided to celebrate the precious activity of this organization inviting on the stage of the Auditorium artistic director Domenico De Gaetano. He will be the centre of a special program dedicated to the work of Volumina, the preview of the backstage production Ripopolare la Reggia (Repeopling the Palace, 2017, 40’), the multimedia instalment by Peter Greenaway of 2007 for the inauguration of the Palace of Venaria, the fourth most visited museum centre in Italy.
Non-profit cultural association located in Turin, since 2000 Volumina develops innovative editorial projects, creating art-books for international personalities of the cinema (among others, Emir Kusturica, Peter Greenaway, David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan, Nicolas Winding Refn) and the music world (such as Brian Eno e Michael Nyman), presented in the most important museums in Italy and cinema festivals abroad. These works are realised as unique pieces thanks to traditional paper techniques, new digital mediums and contemporary designs that create original compositions of various multimedia materials. Each collaboration further expands to events and artistic creations such as exhibits, videos, websites, boxsets, multimedia instalments and unique pieces of design, bringing great cultural personalities to the discovery of the permanent bond between these different arts.
The backstage of Ripopolare la Reggia, which will be presented on preview during the Festival, follows Peter Greenaway through each step of the organisation of the project to repopulate the great halls of the Palace, creating a marvellous multimedia instalment with 100 projectors and over 180 illustrated scenes about the characters that once populated the Palace. The documentary follows the visionary director from the first surveys on the scene in Venaria to the inauguration, recreating a personal view of life at court in a castle inhabited by dukes and duchesses, cooks and scullery boys, hunters and gamekeepers, physicians and ladies in waiting.