Italian Renaissance Collection
The Italian Renaissance was a period in history between the mid-1300s through the late 1500s marked by immense cultural advancements, particularly in music, literature, Humanist philosophy, science, technology, and most notably, the arts and architecture. During this time, iconic figures such as Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Brunelleschi, and countless more developed new techniques and practices that would change the cultural landscape of Europe forever. The four films that make up Film Movement’s Italian Renaissance Collection explore the figures of this region and their art.
CARAVAGGIO: THE SOUL AND THE BLOOD (2018, directed by Jesus Garces Lambert)
Caravaggio: The Soul and the Blood is an immersive and visually stunning journey of light and shadows through the struggles and successes of the revolutionary and controversial artist, joining him on his travels through Milan, Venice, Rome, Naples, Sicily and Malta as he tries to flee his many demons.
FLORENCE AND THE UFFIZI GALLERY (2015, directed by Luca Viotto)
Florence And The Uffizi Gallery is a multi-dimensional journey of the city that was once the cradle of the Italian Renaissance through the most beautiful and representative works of art of the period from Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Raphael, Leonardo and Botticelli. Featuring a detailed central chapter dedicated to the very treasure house containing their masterpieces: the Uffizi Gallery. Art plays the leading role in the film, thanks to authoritative contributions from Arturo Galansino (newly appointed director of the Strozzi Foundation in Florence) who signed the academic, artistic and scientific supervision of the script, and Antonio Natali, director of the Uffizi.
SIN (2019, directed by Andrei Konchalovsky)
Florence, early XVI century. Although widely considered a genius by his contemporaries, Michelangelo Buonarroti (Alberto Testone) is reduced to poverty and depleted by his struggle to finish the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. When his commissioner and head of the Della Rovere nobility Pope Julius II dies, Michelangelo becomes obsessed with sourcing the finest marble to complete his tomb. The artist’s loyalty is tested when Leo X, of the rival Medici family, ascends to the papacy and charges him with a lucrative new commission – the façade of the San Lorenzo basilica. Forced to lie to maintain favor with both families, Michelangelo is progressively tormented by suspicion and hallucinations, leading him to ruthlessly examine his own moral and artistic failings. Written and directed by Andrei Konchalovsky, SIN is a gripping reflection on the agony and ecstasy of individual greatness, and the profound humanity behind the legend of the Renaissance.
ST. PETER'S AND THE PAPAL BASILICAS OF ROME (2016, directed by Luca Viotto)
A journey through the four Papal Basilicas in Rome and their treasures: St. Peter's, St. John in the Lateran, St. Mary Major and St. Paul Outside the Walls. Four majestic buildings – each with a precious papal altar, each a treasure trove of timeless works of art and a destination for millions of travelers and pilgrims over the centuries – play the leading role in this cinematic tour de force, while state of the art technology captures amazing images from completely new and exclusive points of view. Join world-renowned experts who will discuss the basilicas; their evolution over the centuries, their most famous works of art, the lives and stories of Popes and artists, the events that made these places immortal, and the profound spirituality emanating from them.
- "An austere, demanding sit, SIN...nevertheless has a stubborn integrity in exploring the competing forces of patronage and creative inspiration that Michelangelo confronted in the 16th century."
Awards & Recognition
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
Rome Film Festival
Cairo International Film Festival
Golden Globes, Italy
Beijing Int'l. Film Festival