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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

Venice Classics

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Gli anni delle immagini perdute is the portrait of Valerio Zurlini, who died in October 1982, a few weeks after serving as a jury member at the 50th Venice Film Festival. Zurlini knew he was ill and had dedicated the last months of his life to writing his spiritual will, which would be released posthumously as Gli anni delle immagini perdute. It is a pitiless existential final account, the story of a world that has changed irredeemably, an anguished appeal in defence of auteur cinema. The director harks back to the most important events of his life, reveals the motivations behind his filmmaking and remembers the artists who shaped him. Above all he talks about the “Immagini Perdute” (lost images): the numerous films he wrote and prepared without managing to make them. Gli anni delle immagini perdute returns to the places where the director loved to retreat, it brings together the stories of friends and associates and contains a repertoire of interviews and conversations with the director in an attempt to understand the reasons for this enforced and fatal productive “silence”.
6 September 14:30 - Sala Volpi 6 September 22:00 - Sala Perla 2 VENICE CLASSICS Gli anni delle immagini perdute [Documentary] by Adolfo Conti - Italy, 87'
language: Italian - s/t English

Director's Statement
Valerio Zurlini was a discrete protagonist, to use Pratolini’s expression. And yet it is hard to find an artist who decides to talk about himself with such honesty, at that most difficult time when he is at the end of his life. This is what makes the difference; this is the heart of the film.