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L'Amatore (The Amateur)



L'Amatore (The Amateur)

Screening of the documentary by Maria Mauti about the architect Piero Portaluppi 
Followed by a Q&A with the director

Somewhere between a story and a biography, between architecture and a portrait of a city, Maria Mauti’s first work has the ambition - and the courage - to escape from usual categories and tread little beaten ground. L’Amatore is not the official portrait of an architect and influential man of the Fascist period, rather it is a sort of daguerreotype that has the lightness of Guido Gozzano, its witty guises hiding illusions of an era that match those of the time in which we live.
Carlo Chatrian, Festival del film Locarno

This documentary is a journey within the intimate folds of a well-known architect, Piero Portaluppi, who worked during the twenty years of Fascism, through the discovery of his work in the present and through his film journals: unreleased 16 mm archives shot and edited by the architect. A charming and powerful man, Portaluppi lived through this magnificent and tragic era with indifference and irony, without restraints and by creating beauty. Meanwhile, history relentlessly marched on in step with the events of the times.


Maria Mauti is a documentary filmmaker and since 2003 she has collaborated with the satellite channel, Classica that airs on Sky, writing and directing programs on contemporary Italian music, opera and dance. She has made several documentaries on influential people in the arts and culture including Daniel Barenboim, Carolyn Carlson, Pina Bausch, Bill T. Jones (documentary selected at the American Dance Festival), Fabio Vacchi and Ermanno Olmi, Azio Corghi and José Saramago, Alicia Alonso of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, to name a few. In 2013 she directed the documentary about the history of the Teatro Grande in Brescia called Memorie (Memories). L’Amatore (the Amateur), is her first feature-length film.



Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Time: From 6:30 pm To 9:00 pm

Organized by : ICI London

Entrance : Free