La Sapienza

A First Friday Film, co-presented by the Farnsworth

Named for the famous seventeenth-century Roman church Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza, which was designed by the legendary architect (and Bernini rival) Francesco Borromini, LA SAPIENZA echoes Rossellini's Viaggio in Italia in its tale of Alexandre Schmid (Fabrizio Rongione), a brilliant architect who, plagued by doubts and loss of inspiration, embarks on a quest of artistic and spiritual renewal guided by his study of Borromini. His wife Aliénor (Christelle Prot), similarly troubled by the crassness of contemporary society - as well as the couple's lack of communication and passion - decides to accompany him. In Stresa, a chance encounter with adolescent siblings Goffredo (who is about to commence his own architectural studies) and his fragile sister Lavinia upends the couple's plans. As Borromini's spirit and the vertiginous splendour of his structures spin a mysterious web among them, within the course of a few days the foursome experiences a series of life-altering revelations.

Directed by Eugène Green

Starring Fabrizio Rongione, Christelle Prot, Ludovico Succio

Italy | 2015 | NR | 101 min

A beautiful space for people and light. - Seattle Times

An exquisite rumination on life, love and art that tickles the heart and mind in equal measure. - Variety

La Sapienza is visually stunning. - The National

Green's richly textured, painterly images fuse with the story to evoke the essence of humane urbanity and the relationships that it fosters, whether educational, familial, or erotic. - New Yorker

Show Dates & Times:

8/7/15 - Friday

8:00 pm,

$8.50/Adults, $7.50/Farnsworth Members, Seniors, Under 12

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