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From 4 to 16 July 2023, “QUO VADIS? Al cinema nel cuore di Roma”, an event promoted by CSC – Cineteca Nazionale and Parco Archeologico del Colosseo
Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia
July 03, 2023


July 4th/16th 2023
Roma, Tempio di Venere e Roma
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QUO VADIS? Al cinema nel cuore di Roma,” the film event promoted by CSC - Cineteca Nazionale and the Parco Archeologico del Colosseo is back in Rome, from July 4 to 16, 2023, at the temple of Venus and Rome.

Magic, buried, naked, lost, submerged, sad, cruel, bitter, spirited.

In over a century of cinema, and of Italian titles not always faithful to the original ones, the city has been like all of the above mentioned, and more: the place of dreams and of nightmares, of frenzy and of boredom, of success and of anonymity, of sociality and of alienation. Filmed live or reconstructed in studio sets, imagined or real, the city has often stolen the show from stories, actors, and directors: therefore, it is not a mere backdrop, but the solid form that situations and feelings, potentials and frustrations take. To celebrate this extraordinary protagonist of film history, the second run of the summer retrospective “QUO VADIS? Al cinema nel centro di Roma” (Where are you going? To the movies in the centre of Rome) promoted by CSC - Cineteca Nazionale and the Parco Archeologico del Colosseo is to take place in the temple of Venus and Rome like last year, offering a world tour throughout films and cities.

This year’s cinematic tour involves nine decades (from the 1921 Manhatta by Paul Strand and Charles Sheeler, the first avant-garde film of American cinema, to the Tokyo of Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation, dated 2003) and four continents. The tour includes two Italian stop-overs, Federico Fellini’s visionary and drifting Roma, that could not not open the event, and the Naples scarred by illegal development in Francesco Rosi’s Hands Over the City. The classic capitals of film will also be visited: Paris (before Agnès Varda’s unmissable Cléo from 5 to 7, the fearless long take in Rendezvous, sheer Claude Lelouch); New York (besides the mentioned Manhatta, Woody Allen’s declaration of love for his Manhattan); Los Angeles (William Friedkin’s To Live and Die in L.A., to remind us that there wouldn’t be thrillers or noirs without the city); London (captured in full swinging era by Michelangelo Antonioni temporarily based in the British capital to make Blow-Up); Berlin (with the Wall breaking in the set of One, Two, Three, but not even history can sabotage a Billy Wilder comedy). Silent cinema will take the floor, accompanied by live piano music, with F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise, the timeless contest between the temptations of the metropolis and the cathartic value of nature. Three gems we cherish: Edward Yang’s Taipei Story, a masterpiece of Taiwanese cinema restored by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project of Martin Scorsese; the adventurous Istanbul of Jules Dassin’s Topkapi, an all-star divertissement to be rediscovered in original version; and the homage to two African masters of cinema, from Dakar (Borom Sarret on the 100th anniversary of Senegalese Ousmane Sembène) to Cairo (Egyptian Youssef Chahine’s Cairo Station). Last stop in Mariupolis, to commemorate Mantas Kvedaravičius, killed in 2022 in the titular town, one of the Ukrainian cities ravaged by the current war.

Marta Donzelli: Owing to the increasingly productive collaboration with the Archaeological Park of the Colosseum, for the second year we have had the unique opportunity to organize a summer retrospective in an open-air venue, that is, one of the most amazing settings in the world that seems to represent the relationship between time and space like none other, stimulating memory and imagination at once. A fine thread has always connected film and architecture. The cinema experience has necessarily to do with space, and therefore, most of the time, with the buildings and structures that occupy it. However, cinema does not merely film space, depicting it through a particular gaze and its specific techniques, from lighting to sound, to editing; it actually creates a new space, which is both real and imaginary. To promote film culture and to remind the viewers of how unique the collective experience of watching films on a big screen is are the core objectives of the Fondazione Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. In this sense, it wouldn’t be easy to imagine a better opportunity than “QUO VADIS? Al Cinema nel cuore di Roma” – going to the movies in the heart of Rome. This year’s theme will make the audience travel in every sense: in time, in space, and throughout film history. Every evening, a city and a film to discover ever new and different worlds, the masters of cinema, various national film industries, and different approaches to tell the stories of cities, of the city: from Fellini’s Rome to Antonioni’s London, from Sofia Coppola’s Tokyo to Agnès Varda’s Paris, including the Mariupol of Mantas Kvedaravičius, who captured many moments that preceded the current, cruel war, along with many others. We also wanted to include in our journey a silent city, thus proposing a masterpiece of silent film: Murnau’s Sunrise, focused on the never resolved conflict between city and countryside, nature and cityscape. Real cities, invented cities, familiar cities to be discovered from a new angle, unknown cities to uncover altogether – complex organisms interwoven with as many big or tiny, always deeply human stories.
(Marta Donzelli, PresidentFondazione Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia).

Alfonsina Russo: Following the extraordinary 2022 launch, this year the positive synergy that connects CSC - National Film Archive and the Archaeological Park of the Colosseum has allowed to organize a second important film retrospective in Rome at the Tempe of Venus, one of the most significant monuments in the heart of the Eternal City. There is a common thread running throughout the retrospective titles, i.e., the city, with its stories, its memories, its sorrows, and its hopes. Telling the stories of world cities through the immediate language of film in this extraordinary venue is a way to reconnect the deep, indissoluble bond of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Palatine Hill, and the Domus Aurea (that is to say, the monuments entrusted to the Archaeological Park of the Colosseum) with their city and community. Perhaps not coincidentally, the Forma Urbis, the oldest image of ancient Rome, made in marble under the Emperor Septimius Severus between the late 2nd century and the early 3rd century CE, was originally placed in the nearby Temple of Peace. The memory of the city of Rome was and is in these places, witnesses of a distant history that are no longer silent. It is a memory that does not intend to be just a memento, but to contribute to the rediscovery of a shared identity that is capable of proposing models of urban regeneration with culture at their centre, beginning with contemporary creativity. To educate to memory is one of the priority objectives that the activities of the Archaeological Park of the Colosseum share with those of CSC - Cineteca Nazionale. Precisely the language of images is an incredibly powerful communication tool, giving access to an extremely diverse audience such as the millions of travellers from all over the world who visit the monuments of Rome. For this reason, the Archaeological Park of the Colosseum deems film storytelling the most effective ‘model storytelling’ for all its initiatives. With this retrospective – that includes a proper tribute to the apparently endless tragedy of the war in Ukraine, lest we forget – Rome creates an emotional dialogue with the cities of the world, a dialogue that the Archaeological Park of the Colosseum and CSC - National Film Archive will try to strengthen with more shared initiatives over the course of time .
(Alfonsina RussoArchaeological Park of the Colosseum Director).


All films are in original version with Italian subtitles
(or English subtitles for films in Italian)
Tuesday July 6th - ROMA
Roma - Federico Fellini, 1972, 119’

Wednesday July 5th - NEW YORK
Manhatta - Paul Strand e Charles Sheeler, 1921, 10’
Manhattan - Woody Allen, 1979, 97’ 

Thursday July 6tth - TAIPEI
Taipei Story - Edward Yang, 1985, 119’

Friday July 7th - BERLIN 
Uno, due, tre! (One, Two, Three) - Billy Wilder, 1961, 110’

Saturday July 8th - TOKYO
Lost in Translation - Sofia Coppola, 2003, 104’

Sunday July 9tth - ISTANBUL
Topkapi - Jules Dassin, 1964, 120’

Monday July 10th - NAPLES
Le mani sulla città - Francesco Rosi, 1963, 107’

Tuesday July 11th - SILENT CITY
Aurora (Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans) - Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, 1927, 94’
Accompagnamento musicale dal vivo del M° Antonio Coppola

Wednesday July 12th - DAKAR/IL CAIRO
Borom Sarret - Ousmane Sembène, 1963, 22’
Cairo Station (Bāb al-Hadīd) - Youssef Chahine, 1958, 74’

Thursday July 13th - MARIUPOL 
Mariupolis - Mantas Kvedaravičius, 2016, 96’ 

Friday July 14th - PARIS
C’était un rendez-vous - Claude Lelouch, 1976, 9’
Cléo dalle 5 alle 7 (Cléo de 5 à 7) - Agnès Varda, 1962, 90’  

Saturday July 15th - LOS ANGELES 
Vivere e morire a Los Angeles (To Live and Die in L.A.) - William Friedkin, 1985, 116’

Sunday July 16 th - LONDON
Blow-up - Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966, 112’


QUO VADIS? Al cinema nel cuore di Roma

Roma, 4-16 July 2023
Tempio di Venere e Roma
Free admission, subject to availability of seats
Booking recommended on eventbrite.it
Access from Piazza del Colosseo, from 8.30 pm
The films will be introduced by experts in ancient history and in cinema at 9.00 pm
All screenings will start at 9.30 pm
All films are in original version with Italian subtitles
(or English subtitles for films in Italian)

For information:
Instagram: csc_cinetecanazionale
Facebook: CSCcinetecanazionale

Instagram: parcocolosseo
Facebook: Parco archeologico del Colosseo

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