Truffaut and Giffoni: so passion becomes revolution | Chronicles Salerno

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Yesterday morning the creative director of Giffoni Luca Apolito met students and teachers of the Torquato Tasso high school in Salerno and a delegation of managers and professors from other institutions in the area to talk about “Truffaut, cinema and vision”, on the occasion of the presentation of the school program wanted by the Tempi Moderni association, promoter of two major exhibitions, one dedicated to the Nouvelle Vague and the other to the relationship between Michelangelo Antonioni and Monica Vitti, which will be enriched by the review The stories of the contemporary VI edition, consisting of the talk sections, cinema and music. “An initiative that allows us to bring children closer to art by fully grasping the task of school – said Carmela Santarcangelo, the head teacher of the Tasso high school – In the period of the Nouvelle Vague in a very delicate historical moment, there was a widespread feeling which was carried forward through art. This year marks the ninety years of the birth of Truffaut and by a happy coincidence also the ninety years of our high school which we will celebrate with a series of celebrations “. Also present was the mayor of Salerno Vincenzo Napoli: “There was a state of effervescence in the period of the Nouvelle Vague which produced a very fertile season of cinema. Initiatives of this type allow young people to accumulate an ever greater critical knowledge of the reality that surrounds them, this is also the mission of the classical high school “. To precede the fascinating story of Apolito, a video greeting from the founder of Giffoni Claudio Gubitosi who recalled the emotion of when, in 1982 – at the time the children’s film festival was not the hub and cultural model known in all the world it is today, but a small reality full of passion and expectations – a telegram arrived from one of the Masters of the Nouvelle Vague, Francois Truffaut, who had accepted the invitation to participate in the event. “I didn’t believe it, he was a shy man. But to Giffoni he said yes because the letter I sent him moved me. Dense days, spent in the car listening to music and singing along with his Fanny Ardant campaign – recalled Gubitosi – It was a watershed for my life and for Giffoni. His presence made me decide to dedicate myself body and soul to the festival despite the difficulties. And he made me understand that it was possible to achieve great enterprises, so much so that a few years later we had Robert De Niro as our guest. I want to share with you a gift – addressing the boys – At the time we produced a catalog and he, after having lived this experience, left us an extraordinary dedication and a phrase that has remained in history: among all the film festivals, the one in Giffoni is the most necessary. It was precisely the adjective necessary to have given strength to the festival. Which today more than ever it is ”. The word then passed to Luca Apolito who underlined, how an idea born 52 years ago has now entered history with a revolutionary act: just as Truffaut and the other exponents of the Nouvelle Vague were able to unhinge a certain way of making cinema in the same way Gubitosi, by choosing to have a festival for children, with the boys as protagonists, overturned the schemes of the festivals made and designed for professionals. The creative director of Giffoni recalled the childhood, not easy, of the director and his passions: watching films, writing films, reading about cinema, in short, a life dedicated in all respects to his great dream. “Even by breaking the rules, he wanted to arrive at a form of truth. And even today the artists we like the most are those who manage to have an honest look. Today some part of cinema is becoming business, instead he has had the ability to tell reality in an honest and pure way, doing jobs, like Godard or Chabrol, that have shaken consciences. Truffaut said that making films was prolonging childhood games. Here, I believe that an artist through his dreams can change the point of view on reality. For this reason – he said addressing the audience – I wish you to find in yourselves a great passion that is capable of setting a revolution in motion ”. The president of Tempi Moderni Marco Russo and the scientific director Alfonso Amendola then illustrated the meaning of a project driven by change. “From 23 September Palazzo Fruscione will become your space – announced Russo – You will understand how the strength of those guys who at the time had no budget but only dreams grew without losing its identity and is still profoundly relevant today”. “Each era has its own language – concluded Amendola – A journey into great passions awaits you”. The objective of the association, born with the aim of networking through culture, is the same as that of Giffoni: to stimulate and involve young people, pushing them to approach art, but also literature, cinema, theater, to music and everything that can enrich their background. Among other things, in July, the new memorandum of understanding was signed between the Autonomous Giffoni Experience and the Tempi Moderni association of Salerno, represented by the president Marco Russo. The common idea, which will be put at the service of the training and growth path of the children, is to spread and enhance culture through the knowledge of art. On the basis of this, projects, workshops, moments of encounter will be born as early as next autumn. For the 2022 edition, Tempi Moderni – The stories of the contemporary, has decided to devote even more attention to young people, through a specific program aimed at schools – richer and more articulated – with a double objective: to try to network with managers regional schools in the name of culture and intercept an audience to be passionate about photography, cinema, literature, music and art, stimulating the ability to perceive and be excited. Guided tours. The figures of the mixture and multidisciplinarity that have always characterized the work of Tempi Moderni, will in this sense be the guidelines that will accompany the appointments designed for local institutes, whose students will have the opportunity to visit, in the company of experts of the world of art and journalism, two top-level exhibitions on the national scene. The one dedicated to the Nouvelle Vague in Palazzo Fruscione and the one dedicated to the relationship between Michelangelo Antonioni and Monica Vitti in the San Michele complex. The cost of the guided tour is five euros per exhibition. The contest. The guided tours are also preparatory to participation in a contest that involves the realization, by the students, of their review of the project through: a multimedia elaborate, a video with a maximum duration of 2.30 minutes, a podcast, a photographic story consisting of maximum twenty photos, a graphic novel of maximum five pages, a story of maximum 5 thousand characters, a soundtrack of maximum 3 minutes, a storyboard of maximum five tables. All entries must be sent by November 2nd to the following email address: info@tempimodernidee.com. The projects will be examined by a special commission selected by Tempi Moderni and evaluated according to the following criteria: originality, style, effectiveness of the message. The exhibition within the exhibition. The first three winners will receive prizes in books, while all the works will be exhibited on 7 November at Palazzo Fruscione, as part of a special event dedicated to the youngest, in the presence of the institutions. Interested schools will also be involved in communication, hospitality and promotion, so that the experience of Tempi Moderni can be translated into a moment of experimentation and comparison of the skills acquired at school. The Matineè of cinema. The undertow of the wave / Matineè is a cinema section to be held at Palazzo Fruscione with introductions by Barbara Cangiano and Francesco della Calce. The screenings are free and upon reservation (schools are charged only for the cost of admission to the exhibition).

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