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Frente a Guernica (Director’s Cut)

Out of Competition
Yervant Gianikian, Angela Ricci Lucchi
Yervant Gianikian, Angela Ricci Lucchi with the contribution of Museo Reina Sofía, Luca Ditadi, Lucrezia Lerro, Erika Volpini and Antonio Pezzano, Giuseppe Pezzano, Maria Elena Casentini and Massimiliano Ratti
Running Time:
Italian, French
Archival footage
Yervant Gianikian, Luca Previtali
Luis Agudo
Tommaso Barbaro
Voice-over:Yervant Gianikian, Lucrezia Lerro


The idea for my and Angela Ricci Lucchi’s film Frente a Guernica (Director’s Cut) arose from our visit to the Museo Reina Sofía on the occasion of the screening of Pays Barbare in 2014. Our sensations on seeing Picasso’s Guernica, after the work’s return from exile, prompted us to look through the materials on Spain in our possession and described in our notebooks. We did not have Robert Flaherty’s 35mm film, which was at the MoMA in New York, where Guernica had spent a long time. The film was given to us by the Museo Reina Sofía.
In the film Frente a Guernica (Versione integrale), while Lucrezia Lerro, one of the two narrators, talks about the “case” of Osip Mandelstam, I read from the diary of Mikhail Koltsov on the arrival of the writers for the congress, as well as all the other captions of Frente a Guernica (Versione integrale). This is the film that Angela Ricci Lucchi and I conceived and made together. Today I am keeping, once again, the promise I made to Angela, that of continuing our political, artistic and historical work on the violence of the 20th century.

Directors' Statement

It was terrible working on the war while another war is being waged. It took from the end of 2019 to 2023 to make the film Frente a Guernica (Versione integrale), shot from the film archives with our analytical camera. Nine hours of private and public materials. A German UFA documentary records the effects of the raids on the town of Guernica carried out on April 26, 1937, by the Nazi and Italian fascist air forces, which dropped their bombs on the population. On April 28, 1937, Pablo Picasso received a letter from the Spanish Republican government of a work for the World’s Fair in Paris. Our is a film against the nuclear madness that Picasso had foreseen with Guernica.


PRODUCTION: Yervant Gianikian, Angela Ricci Lucchi

WITH THE SUPPORT OF: Museo Reina Sofia, Luca Ditadi, Lucrezia Lerro, Erika Volpini e Antonio Pezzano, Giuseppe Pezzano, Mary Casentini e Massimiliano Ratti

PRESS OFFICE: Lucrezia Lerro
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