La Sapienza

La Sapienza

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Eugène Green | France and Italy 2014, 107 minutes |
1pm, Saturday 16 July

La Sapienza strikes this reviewer as easily the most astonishing and important movie to emerge from France in quite some time. – Godfrey Cheshire,

In a career impasse, noted architect Fabrizio Rongione (Eugène Green regular Alexandre Schmidt) and his wife travel to Rome to study the work of the great Baroque architect Francesco Borromini. Inspired by their beautiful surroundings as well as an encounter with a younger couple, the older pair come away renewed with life.

La Sapienza is itself a renewal, Green’s first digitally shot feature, and one that takes place abroad, away from Green’s beloved Paris. Yet, like Rongione, it grounds its renewal in the Baroque: not just Borromini’s astonishing buildings but also Green’s distinctly stylised compositions and editing flourishes.


D Eugène Green S Eugène Green C Raphaël O’Bryne E Valérie Loiseleux
P Martine de Clermont-Tonnerre, and Alessandro Borrelli
Language: French and Italian with English Subtitles
Distribution: Mact Productions DCP
Unrated 15+

Winner of the Asecan Best Film Award at the 2014 Seville International Film Festival.

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