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Quarantine video festival

A few weeks ago, we suggested some must-see films you should watch (again) during the lockdown. This time, as we wait to go back to our beloved cinemas, we would like to suggest some interesting “venues” where to lock yourselves in, along with films, short films, video art, to ease this period which will hopefully put an end to the quarantine.

Perfect Failures is the film review thought up by Fondazione Prada and MUBI, which offers a selection of ‘misunderstood’ films that failed to meet with success upon their release. It’s been available since 5 April on the streaming platform of auteur films, and will be throughout the temporary closure of Fondazione Prada’s exhibition venues.

Luce per gli spettatori is Istituto Luce Cinecittà’s programme for entertaining cinema enthusiasts with a vast digital offer of video, textual, iconographic contents dedicated to culture, showbiz & entertainment, information and didactics. 

Pop Up Cinema is a dream come true: you gain access, as part of the audience, to an online, virtual room, whilst retaining the feeling you get when you walk into a cinema theatre. For ten days, from 10 to 19 April, some of the films distributed by Wonder Pictures will be shown, free of charge, in a virtual cinema room seating up to 2,604 viewers (you may book your seat). Film screenings are preceded by a filmmaker’s greetings and film presentation, and followed by a Q&A.

#UnAprileFuoriNorma is the solution for the lockdown devised by Fuorinorma – the new experimental idea of Italian cinema: until Friday 15 May it will offer, in streaming, films by over 50 ‘out of the ordinary’ filmmakers.

My Darling Quarantine Short Film Festival is a new festival of online short films, selected by the world’s major short film festivals, to last until 30 April. You may also vote for your favourite short film.

Documentaries, interviews with famous film stars and detailed reviews of the so-called seventh art: that’s the offer of Rome City of Film, Fondazione Cinema per Roma’s programme for adults and kids.

Dischiuso is the offer of the Bologna-based Cine Teatro Orione: the films usually screened in the weekend are shown on the website. By signing up for the newsletter, you will receive the credentials for logging in and watching the films directly from home, for free.

Arte in italiano: the offer of the European cultural channel (which is 95% state-funded) breaks down as follows: 55% documentaries, 25% films and TV series, 15% news, 5% music and live events. Two thirds of the programmes broadcast by Arte are brand new (never aired previously).

CineCampus: if, when it comes to cinema, it’s not “just” the stage you’re interested in, but also the backstage, what you want are the cinema classes of the programme promoted by Roma Lazio Film Commission. This is a unique opportunity to see the stars of Italian cinema (actors, film directors, crews and dubbers) as they interacted with a vast audience of curious people and film enthusiasts during the past editions of the Rome Film Festival.

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Apparently we had reached a great height in the atmosphere, for the sky was a dead black, and the stars had ceased.

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