Pasolini and The Arabian Nights

March 9 - 17, 2019, Ex Chiesa della Maddalena


The 37th edition of Bergamo Film Meeting will feature a special project called Pasolini and the Arabian Nights. A poet, writer and director considered one of the greatest Italian intellectuals of the twentieth century, Pier Paolo Pasolini will be the protagonist of this festival event consisting of a photo exhibition, a panel discussion and the screening of three restored films: Il fiore delle Mille e una notte (Arabian Nights, 1974), Le mura di Sana'a (The Walls of Sana'a, 1971) e Appunti per un film sull'India (Notes for a film about India, 1968).

Hosted at the former church of La Maddalena and scheduled to take place on March 9-17, the Pasolini and the Arabian Nights exhibition consists in an engaging set-up where photography, moving images and film posters coexist. Shot by Roberto Villa in 1972 on the set of Il fiore delle Mille e una notte (Arabian Nights, 1974), the photos portray many a highlight of the film production, beautifully rendering the faces and bodies of the Iranian and Yemen population; two screens will introduce the visitor in the ethnological universe of Pasolini's cinema with rare footage from his works Le mura di Sana'a  and Appunti per un film sull'India; and, finally, a selection of vintage film will offer a glimpse of extra-film language with the works of some of the best graphic designers from the Italian film industry.

Bergamo, March 9 - 17, 2019 | Ex Chiesa della Maddalena - Via Sant’Alessandro, 39d
Opening hours: Mon. - Fri. 3:30PM - 7:30PM | sat. - Sun. 11:00AM - 7:30PM | Free admission
Opening event: Saturday March 9, 6.30PM

Curated by Roberto Villa and Associazione Culturale Hommelette, the exhibition is promoted by Bergamo Film Meeting and sponsored by the Centro Studi Pier Paolo Pasolini Casarsa della Delizia.