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Diego Marcon

1985, Italy

  • TUE - SUN
    23/04 > 25/09
    11 AM - 7 PM

    FRI - SAT UNTIL 25/09
    11 AM - 8 PM

    TUE - SUN
    27/09 > 27/11
    10 AM - 6 PM
  • Arsenale
  • Admission with ticket

Diego Marcon’s newest film/video work The Parents’ Room (2021) plays on a loop, with its beginning and end marked by a computer-generated blackbird swooping down onto a snowy windowsill. The scene moves into a room where a man sits on the edge of an unmade bed, a woman lying beside him. The man begins a choir-backed monologue detailing the story of his murder spree and suicide. The victims – his wife, daughter, and son – enter the scene one-by-one. The human element in this work – something one might find comfort in – is overcast by the dark shadow of what appears to be a chilling afterlife. The film is reminiscent of stop-motion animation, but Marcon creates this effect with live actors. Made from casts of the actors themselves, the synthetic prostheses they wear become eerie, inanimate doubles, such that there is something off about the animated figures – more corpse-like than living. Marcon’s works, like The Parents’ Room, Monelle (2017), and Ludwig (2018), enter the “uncanny valley,” where extreme representative realism evokes a response of repulsion and restlessness. Manipulating every element of the set, lighting, costume, sound, and script, Marcon creates characters that give the viewer goosebumps with simultaneous feelings of aversion and unsettling familiarity.

Isabella Achenbach

Production credits

Project supported by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity by the Italian Ministry of Culture under the Italian Council (7th Edition, 2019)
Co-produced by INCURVA and Fondazione Donnaregina per le arti contemporanee – Museo Madre, Naples
In partnership with Primitive Film, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam and the support of FIDLab
Produced by: Jacqui Davies
Producer: Camilla Romeo
Original Score: Federico Chiari
Production & Prosthetics Design: Lorenzo Cianchi
Cinematography: Pierluigi Laffi
Animation & Compositing: Diego Zuelli
Performers: Massimiliano Balduzzi; Beatrice Giavarini; Huey Lockwood; Chiara Serangeli
Camera assistant: Gaia Ferme
Grip: Massimo Pozzoli
Gaffer: Paolo Pastaccini
Prosthetics: Jennifer Drew, FX Maximal
Wigs: Audello Teatro Srl
Makeup effects: Carlo Diamantini
Makeup effects assistant: Mauro Fabriczky
Additional special effects: Fabrizio Lorenzelli
Costumes & Decor: Alma Libera Uggeri
Set construction: Francesco Casamonti
Set dresser: Valentina Bigaran
Artist assistant: Giulia Guidi
Finance & Accounting: Emanuela Pigliacelli
Production service: Giulia Fiore, Altamarea Film Srl
Location: Tenuta di Sticciano
Equipment: Movie People Spa
Transportation: Autonoleggio Biglioli Srl
Safety & Health: Sicurezza Lavoro Sala
Film processing laboratory: Kodak Film Lab London
Color grading: Herbert Posch, Vidéo de Poche
Online editing: Iggy Post
Mixing engineer: Lorenzo Dal Ri
Backstage photography: Erola Arcalìs; Chiara Fossati; Ilaria Orsini; Lilia Stroject
The Parents’ Room Theme
Composed by: 
Federico Chiari
Arranged by: Luca Missiti
Lyrics: Diego Marcon
English language consultants: Ben Bazalgette; Johanna Bishop
The father
: Tom Rust
The mother: Claudia Tellini
The children: Trinity Boys Choir
The blackbird: Cleo Fariselli
Double bass
: Emiliano Amadori
Trombone: Andrea Andreoli
Flugelhorn: Alessandro Bottachiari
Bassoon: Caterina Carrier
Tuba: Matteo Magli
Flugelhorn: Daniele Moretto
Horn: Daniele Navone
Flute: Carlo Nicita
Bass clarinet: Giancarlo Porro
Oboe: Alessandro Rauli
Harp: Elisa Sargenti
Clarinet: Gilberto Tarocco
Recorded at Ishtar, Milano
Voices recorded at Trinity School of Music, London
Sound mix: Marti Jane Robertson
Special thanks to: ERMES ERMES, Rome; Fondazione In Between Art Film, Rome; Fondazione Memmo, Rome; Gasworks, London

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