Strano Film Festival Showcase

Sunday, April 15
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Free to Coolidge Members!

In anticipation of Earth Day, please join us for a special showcase of short films from Italy's Strano Film Festival. Each film will be introduced by special guests, who will discuss how the work relates to the festival's focus on "the land."

The Strano Film Festival is an international short film competition held in Capestrano, Abruzzo, Italy. This region is one of the country’s most beautiful, including the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga national parks, among the most breathtaking in Europe. Abruzzo is still strongly connected to agriculture and pastoralism and remains an alive land that has protected precious know-how and priceless heritage for everyone.

The Coolidge is proud to showcase three films from last year's festival, which explore work done on the land, migration from one land to another, and the geology and transformation of the land.

The event will be introduced by two of the co-founders of the Strano Film Festival, and will also include an overview of the Tirino River by hydrologist Kate Bowditch and a film introduction by evolutionary biologist Dr. Nigella Hilgarth, who recently retired as CEO of the New England Aquarium.

The Films

Panorama  | dir. Gianluca Abbate | 7 min. | Italy, 2014 

Panorama is the first chapter of a trilogy about the city. The video is a trolley shot on a polis that extends into an infinite global space without any uninhabited places or frontiers to find shelter. There is no such thing in this landscape as a readmission path for anyone who has been excluded by awakening imaginary worlds looking for a balance.

Belva nera (Black Beast) | dirs. Alessio Rigo de Righi, Matteo Zoppis | 33 min. | Argentina & Italy, 2013 

“A surreal version of a spaghetti western.”

This documentary tells the tale of an urban legend about a black panther on the outskirts of Rome who is nothing less than real in the minds of those who obsessively seek it.

Tomba del Tuffatore (The Tomb of the Diver) | dirs. Federico Francioni, Cheng Yan | 30 min. | Italy, 2016 

This movie, shot on Italy’s Amalfi coast, is a symphony of fragments as lived by tourists, children, musicians, divers, explorers, and lovers. Each different, yet with one commonality: the land they are on.