A program by Quarta Parete - Fuori Sala
Atelier Video Essay is the first of the initiatives of Quarta Parete – Fuori Sala, the events that Quarta Parete offers outside of film screenings. Practice increasingly at the center of critical discourse in cinema and experimental form of video making, the video essay was the protagonist of a conference with international speakers such as Kevin B. Lee and Catherine Grant, and a workshop that involved students from Ca ‘Foscari and not. Thanks to the practical-theoretical teachings of Mariachiara Grizzaffi (professor at the Iulm University of Milan and leading Italian researcher on the subject) and Leandro Picarella (director and film producer) and the care in the weeks of work of the video editing tutor Alessandro Leombruni, the participants created their own video essays: free-themed exercises, different in style but united by form.
BOYS (don’t) CRY – Masculinity in Xavier Dolan’s cinema
Video essay by Jacopo Babuscio, Marta Esposito, Clara Reghellin, Mattia Poloni
A journey through the characters of Xavier Dolan’s movies. Trying to investigate their frailties, the video-essay wants to understand how the director-actor stages the male characters and the trials they have to face in order to reach themselves. Beyond any stereotype, Dolan analyzes crises and joys where they usually go unnoticed.
JapanMeal – Only With Eyes
Video essay by Riccardo Aricò, Francesca Cavallaro, Veronica Miani, Anastasia Volosatova
As Jun’ichiro Tanizaki said: “Japanese cuisine is not something you eat but something you look at”. Precisely for this reason, we decided to analyze the Japanese culinary culture and how it is represented in Japanese animated films.
Il Queer nel cinema di Ferzan Özpetek
Video essay by Teresa Borlina, Anna Casaroli, Valentina Esposito, Fadua Ouled Toumi
Our group has decided to analyze “queer cinema”. Within this genre we tried to understand the differences between lgbt and queer films and what they entail. Looking at the works of director Ferzan Özpetek, we analyzed two of his films: The ignorant fairies and The Goddess of Fortune. Thus it was possible to study and understand the representation of thematic issues in an italian setting.
The Ghosts of Bly Manor
Video essay by Bariş Çankaya, Marco Filippin, Rebecca Ivković, Serafina Wong
An analysis of the ghosts that haunt Bly Manor in the second season of The Haunting produced by Netflix. The villa hosts ghosts that avenge centuries of injustices, personal and social wrongs. The proposed exploration is guided by Ghostly Matters. Haunting and the Sociological Imagination by Avery F. Gordon and Skin Shows: gothic horror and the technology of monsters by Judit Halberstam.
Working in the shadows – La rappresentazione del lavoro femminile nel cinema
Video essay by Giulia Romagnolo, Federica Sceusa, Sara Sicolo
“Working in the shadow” consists in rewinding a male-centric cinematic (and historiographic) film to give space to female representation. The aim is not only to draw attention to the variety of documentary and fictional representations made and interpreted by women, but to reflect on the important contribution made by women in the world of work and the labor movement.