Trieste’s Summer Cinema Under the Stars: A Week of Cinematic Delights

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As the sun sets over the historic city of Trieste, the Public Garden “Muzio de Tommasini” transforms into an open-air cinema, offering an eclectic mix of films that promise to enchant moviegoers of all ages. Organized by Casa del Cinema di Trieste, the “Cinema Garden” series is set to captivate audiences with a rich lineup running from Monday, June 17, to Sunday, June 23.

A Classic Kicks Off the Week

The week commences on a high note with Orson Welles’ magnum opus, “Citizen Kane” (1941). This black-and-white masterpiece, often hailed as the greatest film ever made, will be screened in its newly restored edition with Italian subtitles. The tale of Charles Foster Kane, a newspaper tycoon whose last word, “Rosebud,” spurs a deep investigation into his life, remains eerily relevant in today’s digital media age.

Family-Friendly Animation and Thought-Provoking Sci-Fi

On Tuesday, June 18, the spotlight shifts to family entertainment with “Migration.” Directed by Benjamin Renner and produced by Illumination Studios, known for hits like “Minions” and “Despicable Me,” the animated feature follows a group of ducks on a whimsical journey from New England to Jamaica.

Wednesday’s offering, “Ex Machina” (2014), directed by Alex Garland, is part of the “MOVIEUNITS” series celebrating the Centenary of the University of Trieste. This cerebral sci-fi thriller delves into the ethical complexities of artificial intelligence. Professor Paolo Gallina from the Department of Engineering and Architecture will present the film, providing additional insights. Admission for this event is free, underscoring the university’s commitment to community engagement.

Explorations of Human Nature and Societal Critique

Thursday’s screening of “La Chimera” by Alice Rohrwacher takes audiences on an adventurous journey through Italy. This film, set against the backdrop of tomb raiders searching for Etruscan treasures, weaves a narrative rich in folklore and existential quests.

On Friday, the civil association Il Gattile OdV presents “Food for Profit,” a hard-hitting documentary by Giulia Innocenzi and Pablo D’Ambrosi. This investigative film, which exposes the dark underbelly of the meat industry and its ties to political power, will feature a discussion with Innocenzi, who recently received the Margherita d’Argento Award for her work.

Epic Historical Drama and Intriguing Portraits

Ridley Scott’s “Napoleon,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Vanessa Kirby, graces the screen on Saturday. This grand historical epic chronicles the meteoric rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte through his relationship with his beloved Josephine. The film promises stunning visuals and dynamic battle sequences, marking it as a must-see.

Concluding the week on Sunday is “Enigma Rol,” a documentary by Anselma Dell’Olio. This film delves into the life of Gustavo Adolfo Rol, a controversial psychic from Turin, blending interviews, archival footage, and reenactments to paint a complex portrait. Actor Lorenzo Acquaviva, who portrays Rol, will be present to discuss the film.

Inclusive Access and Affordable Pricing

All screenings begin at 9:00 PM, with entry through Via Giulia/Largo Tomizza. Tickets are priced at €6.50 for adults and €4 for reduced admissions. In support of the “CINEMA REVOLUTION” campaign, a special ticket price of €3.50 is offered for Italian and European films until September 19, fostering greater accessibility to cultural events.

Casa del Cinema di Trieste, with its rich history of cultural festivals, brings this open-air cinema season to life, featuring over fifty evenings of screenings throughout the summer. The series includes recent blockbusters, auteur cinema, restored classics, family films, and more, presented in collaboration with the region’s major film festivals.

For more information, visit Casa del Cinema Trieste.

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Trieste’s “Cinema Garden” promises a captivating journey through the magic of film, under the stars and amidst the charm of the Public Garden.

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