Opening Session Cecilia Mangini Retrospective
OCT 22 / 7.00 pm, Cinemateca – M. F. Ribeiro Cinema

Mangini, Del Fra and Mingozzi, drawing inspiration from ethnologist Ernesto de Martino’s research, filmed the traditional practices and magical rituals still withstanding in Southern Italy. They challenged the ethnographic documentary genre, exploring its aesthetic and political boundaries. In Divine Love, Mangini describes a religious worship at the centre of Italy accompanied by the avant-garde music of Egisto Macchi.

OCT 22 / 9.30 pm, Cinemateca – M. F. Ribeiro Cinema

In the 1960s, Italy underwent deep economic, political and social turmoil. Industrialisation, the ‘economic boom’ and mass consumption also result in internal migrations. Along with the struggle of the growing working class, one starts to question family structures and gender roles. Mangini and Del Fra watch the public and the intimate movements up close.

OCT 26 / 3.30 pm, Cinemateca – M. F. Ribeiro Cinema

Different views of Italy throughout history: a moving, changing territory. From the Risorgimento, the unification process of the 19th century, to Trieste after being liberated from the fascist regime. A portrait of Florence in the words of the neo-realist writer Vasco Pratolini and a new highway that will cross the island of Sardinia from top to bottom. Social, political and economic turmoil and revolutions.

OCT 26 / 7.00 pm, Cinemateca – M. F. Ribeiro Cinema

In Italy, in the 1960s, there was a rapid industrial development known as il boom economico. Thousands of people tried to catch the wave of this miracle and escape a life of misery and famine. Fata Morgana was the train arriving in Milan from the South of Italy full of migrants looking for work. With Domani vincerò, Mangini comes closer to the migrants’ experience and analyses how boxing became a chance for social liberation for young men.

OCT 27 / 3.30 pm, Cinemateca – M. F. Ribeiro Cinema

Mangini explores the connection between sport and community building. In Dalla ciliegia al lambrusco, we learn about the “popular walk of Vignola”, a non-competitive race that challenges the rhetoric of competition. In

OCT 27 / 9.30 pm, Cinemateca – M. F. Ribeiro Cinema

The Chant of Tiber’s Branches e The City’s Unknown (o primeiro filme de Mangini) utilizam as palavras de Pier Paolo Pasolini como guias para a explosão de energia e revolta da juventude que habita as periferias de Roma. Vinte anos depois de Comizi d’amore, de Pasolini, Cecilia Mangini e Lino Del Fra voltam a investigar o que os italianos pensam sobre sexo, família e género. Primeiro episódio, sobre a relação dos jovens com estes temas.

OCT 28 / 3.30 pm, Cinemateca – M. F. Ribeiro Cinema

In Happy Christmas, Cecilia Mangini denounces the false mythology of mass-market goods and fashion articles consumption with irony and tremendous foresight. It is followed by the second episode of the series inspired by Pasolini’s Comizi d’amore. This time, Italian people are confronted with though questions about sex before marriage, extramarital affairs and homosexuality.

OCT 29 / 3.30 pm, Cinemateca – M. F. Ribeiro Cinema

A child from the Roman suburbs has been labelled a misfit by his parents and his school. Through this story, Mangini puts forward a reflexion on conformism and the oppression of authority. Next, we have the last episode of Comizi d’amore ‘80, which investigates what Italians think about sex and gender. Now, the questions are about modesty and marriage.

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