Satire and Morality: The Cinema of Marco Bellocchio
Test your moral compass through the films of this prolific Italian director.
Photograph: Gianfranco Mura
“It’s enriching to have the freedom to tell a story that does not express only my own point of view”
Marco Bellocchio is one of Italy’s most prolific, venerated and versatile filmmakers, whose work is full of intelligence, moral questioning, subtle satire and aesthetic exploration. In a career that has now lasted over 50 years, Bellocchio has directed more than two dozen features, plus numerous documentaries and short films. Despite many of his works being justly renowned, such as his outstanding debut Fists in the Pocket, My Mother’s Smile, and Vincere, he still hasn’t had the exposure many of his contemporaries enjoy, and most cinema-goers in the UK are less familiar with his canon. This first UK retrospective of Bellocchio’s work (alongside screenings at Ciné Lumière) aims to redress the balance by presenting all his feature films, and giving audiences an opportunity to delve into this rich, distinctive body of ambitious and beautifully realised movies.
Visit institut-francais.org.uk/cine-lumiere for details of other screenings including Dormant Beauty and The Witches’ Sabbath.
See our Marco Bellocchio Weekender in June.
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