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la Biennale di Venezia
Main Visual Sezione Cinema EN (new)


69th Venice International Film Festival

Director: Alberto Barbera

29th August > 8th September 2012

Out of Competition

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The film on Enzo Avitabile, his music and Naples, emerges from the reciprocal esteem of two artists, and from the fact that Jonathan Demme for a long time has been aware of Avitabile’s music, a well known figure on the world music scene and who is identified by his passion for research and experimentation. This work, then, represents an incredible opportunity as the eye of one of the greatest directors in the world will tell the story not just about the music of a “singular” artist as is Avitabile, but also of a city, Naples, including all of its treasures and contradictions.

VIDEO (press conference and photocall) >>
29 August 22.30 - Sala Grande 29 August 22:15 - PalaBiennale OUT OF COMPETITION Enzo Avitabile Music Life by Jonathan Demme - Italy, USA, 80'
language: Italian, Southern Italian - s/t English
(documentary) Enzo Avitabile
Director’s Statement
I was listening to a radio program while driving across the George Washington Bridge in New York five years ago, when I first encountered the music of Enzo Avitabile, and my life changed. I was determined to meet him, and two years later I had the chance to do so while visiting Naples. We agreed to try and collaborate together on a filmed musical portrait. This dream became a reality when I had the opportunity to return to Naples and Enzo invited guest musicians from around the world to play his music. Enzo Avitabile Music Life is the result of that amazing week spent with this brilliant man of music, including visits across Naples and a special return to his magical birthplace, Marianella.