Once a crucial crosssroads of the Roman empire and a home to the Patriarchate of Aquileia, the renowned Friuli Venezia Giulia's town will host screening of international documentaries covering a wide range of topics: from dinosaurs to mosaics, hieroglyphics and Etruscan art. Talks with experts will enrich the 14th film festival's program, which is promoted by Fondazione Aquileia together with Archeologia Viva and Firenze Archeofilm, in collaboration with Aquileia's Municipality, Friuli Venezia Giulia Regional Government, Soprintendenza Archeologia Belle Arti Paesaggio del FVG, Aquileia's Basilica, PromoTurismoFvg, Direzione Regionale Musei FVG and Aquileia's National Archaeological Museum.
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Aquileia Film Festival 2023: the program
1 August, 9 pm – Opening Night, “Viaggio nella bellezza” (A Journey into Beauty)
Preview of the episode devoted to Aquileia, directed by Federico Cataldi and written by Keti Riccardi and produced by Rai Cultura, the cultural branch of Rai, the Italian National Broadcasting Network. Plus, screening of “Regina Viarum. Via Appia nella storia”, a documentary about the ancient Roman street Via Appia connecting Rome to Brindisi (in Pulia).
2 August, 9 pm – “L'anello di Grace”
Screening of the doc by Dario Prosperini about the “golden chariot”, an Etruscan biga bearing the depiction of Grecian hero Achilles' entire life cycle. Plus screening of “Jurassic Cash” directed by Xavier Lefebvre and produced by Gedeon Programmes, detailing the new business around dinosaurs' fossils and millionaire auctions all over the world.
3 August, 9 pm – “I fratelli Champollion. Nel segreto dei geroglifici”
Screening of the doc directed by Jacques Plaisant and produced by Tournez s’il vous plait – Agnès & Christie Molia. It tells the story of the Champollion brothers and how one of the world's greatest enigma was revealed by Jean-François Champollion when, two hundred years ago, he was able to decipher Ancient Egypt's hieroglyphics. Special guest: Fatma Naït Yghil, director of the National Bardo Museum in Tunis. Plus screening of “Baia, la città sommersa”, directed by Marcello Adamo, about a unique team of art conservators: the ones in charge of preserving the greatest underwater archaeological site in the world, Baia, once the luxury destination for Roman aristocracy, located a few kilometres from Naples.
Directed by Marie Thiry, this documentary is about the Cosquer Cave, a masterpiece of cave painting art with petroglyphs dating back to 27,000 years, in the Calanques National Park at more than 35 metres below sea level.
7 August, 9 pm – “Aquileia una guida”
Presentation of the traveller's guide about Aquileia, written by Elena Commessatti. The talk will feature authors from the section “Le Top 5 dei luoghi del cuore” (The Top 5 locations of the heart), from Gigi Delneri to Emilio Rigatti and Francesco Tullio Altan, plus touristic guides and authorities.
8 August, 9 pm – “Le donne di Pasolini”
Screening of the docu-film “Pasolini's Women”, telling the story of Friulian-born famed Italian intellectual of the 70's Pier Paolo Pasolini, through the important women in his life: his beloved mother Susanna Colussi, opera diva Maria Callas, Laura Betti, writer and journalist Oriana Fallaci and Giovanna Bemporad, all set into the Friuli Venezia Giulia's background into which he was raised. The film will be followed by a talk with director Eugenio Cappuccio, actors Giuseppe Battiston and Anna Ferruzzo, and producer Gloria Giorgianni.
Partners of the Aquileia Film Festival are: Ente Friuli nel mondo, Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli, Git Grado, Cassa Rurale Fvg, Associazione imprenditori di Aquileia, Pro Loco Aquileia, Associazione nazionale per Aquileia, le reti dei cammini – Rotta dei Fenici, Iter Romanum , Romea Strata, Consorzio Welikebike e Italiafestival, Famiglia Mattiussi.
All photos taken from Fondazione Aquileia's official website