2016Programme

18 May l Italiano Night: Amare Gio Ponti| Il Capo | Vivere alla Ponti

GIO PONTI AMARE (2)

Australian Premiere

Film: Amare Gio Ponti (Loving Gio Ponti)

2015, Produced by Molteni & C Dada, 35mins

An original project: the first documentary film about one of the legendary fathers of Italian design by Francesca Molteni in partnership with Salvatore Licitra.

Amare Gio Ponti is dedicated to one of the most important design masters of the 20th century, Gio Ponti. A picture of the man and the architect, founder of Domus, aspiring painter, promoter ante litteram of Italian design who, in more than fifty years of activity, had tried it all – arts, occupations, objects, architecture and materials – with untiring energy, from small to big, from the design of a handle to the formulation of a town plan. “Architecture is an interpretation of life”, he used to write.

The film is based on research into historical documents held by the Archives Bridges and Teche Rai, an interview with Gio Ponti in his studio on via Dezza as well as architecture and furnishings Ponti designed ranging from the Villa Planchart and Palazzo Montecatini to the landmark Pirelli skyscraper.

Trailer HERE

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il Capo

Australian Premiere

Film: Il Capo

2010, Dir. Yuri Ancarani, 15mins

Monte Bettogli, Carrara: in the marble quarries, men and machines dig the mountain.
“Il Capo” (The Chief) manages, coordinates and guides quarrymen and heavy-duty machines using a language consisting solely of gestures and signs. Conducting his dangerous and sublime orchestra against the backdrop of the sheerslopes and peaks of the Apuane Alps, the Chief works in total noise, which create a paradoxical silence.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT
In a lot of documentaries about the marble quarries, the quarrymen are shown as Neorealistic archetypes, tough guys made of sweat and swear words. I, on the other hand, admire their practical intelligence: it is a form of elegance that can teach us a lot, and which my head quarryman possesses: he is a man who has style in his gestures and manners. In such a tough and dangerous environment, I wanted to highlight an aspect of delicacy.

Trailer HERE

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vivere alla ponti

Film: Vivere alla Ponti (Living Ponti-style)

2014, Produced by Molteni & C Dada, 4:14mins.

Molteni&C focuses its attention once again on the masters of architecture and design with a project involving re-makes of furniture and furnishings designed by renowned 20th century maestro Gio Ponti. Perhaps the greatest, certainly the longest lived. A career spanning 50 years for a man born in 1891 – a 19th century man who designed successfully right up to the 1970s – a record. Certainly the most “global”. Ponti designed everything – from the Pirellone skyscraper to cutlery – and in every part of the world – from Milan to New York, from Teheran to Caracas.
Molteni&C thus re-affirms a value: Our legacy, the heritage of ideas and designs that the great masters have handed down to future generations, so that we should keep it alive, like family inheritance, and not locked away in the drawers of some library or other.

Print and image courtesy of Molteni & C.

Trailer HERE

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Guest Speaker: Donald Holt (HOLA Projects)

Donald Holt has been practicing in the design industry for 30 years. His experience has seen him instrumental in the interior design, architecture, industrial design and furniture design spheres.  He has worked and lived in the US, Europe and Asia and now back in Melbourne. He is a founding director of HOLA PROJECTS, a design practice that has a foot in both Melbourne and Hong Kong. He also co-directs Greenwood Street Project, a space for the presentation of ideas through the lens of art and design. He is not a Pisces

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Booking

  • Subscribers’ booking for individual sessions is free and will be opened two weeks prior to the scheduled screening date. Booking in advance is essential as capacity is strictly limited.
  • Availability of guest bookings will be announced on our Booking page and our social media outlets.

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