Italia, Fire and Ashes

Sun 10 July / Pálás 2 / 12:15

2021 / France & Italy / 90 min / Documentary

A richly documented, lyrical and visionary journey into an unknown universe: the origins of Italian silent cinema. A dazzling industry that gave birth to the first international stars and launched the first filmmakers.
“A lyrical and visionary journey into the origins of Italian silent cinema, narrated by legendary actress Isabella Rossellini.” — Cineuropa

Its world of fast and romantic deliriums soon reached international fame, fascinating crowds, intellectuals and artists from all over Europe, reaching out to the United States and South America.
It was an art dedicated to the sublime, to sophistication and death in an era of splendour. We see the history of a country that would soon fall into the abyss of Fascism, from the ashes of which one of the greatest cinematographies in the world would be born again.

Irish Premiere

Directors: Céline Gailleurd & Olivier Bohler
Producers: Ivan Olgiati, Chiara Galloni, Raphaël Millet & Diamantine Ghariani
Cast: Isabella Rossellini

Principal funder