The Show MAS Go On
by Rä di Martino, Italy 2014, 30 '
CAMERA: Niccolò Berretta, Filippo Silli   SOUND: Enrico Ascoli 
PHOTOGRAPHY: Niccolò Berretta, Filippo Silli    PRODUCER: Rä di Martino, Federica Illuminati, Marcella Libonati 
EDITING: Enrico Giovannone    LANGUAGE: Italian 
MUSIC: Enrico Ascoli     

Schermo dell'Arte - Archivio Film
Presented at Lo Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival 2015

The Show MAS Go On (a play on words derived from the title of a song by Queen) is the prize-wining director’s ironic take on the strange story of the gigantic Roman department store MAS - an acronym for Magazzini allo Statuto - after hearing of its imminent closing. Founded at the beginning of the century for an affluent clientele, MAS became “The People’s Department Store” in the 1970s. A shopping goal for a diverse swarm of humanity becomes a stage where everyday life, in the presence of regular clients, is enriched by the performances of actors such as Sandra Ceccarelli, Maya Sansa and Filippo Timi. The owner, played by Iaia Forte, takes us through this microcosm; her personal stories interweave with those of the customers and salesclerks. Moments of humor, like an exhilarating revisitation of Lou Reed’s song Perfect Day (played by Filippo Timi), alternate with suspense and surreal atmospheres. 

Rä di Martino 
Studied at Chelsea College of Art and the Slade School of Art in London. Works with video, photography and performance. Her works have been shown in many museums and galleries, and her films have been shown at many international festivals, in New York, Rio De Janeiro and Montreal. She has exhibited in Italy and abroad, in institution such as PS1 in New York, Hangar Bicocca in Milan, MACRO Roma, MART in Rovereto, the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Chicago, and in artistic expositions such as the Triennale di Torino and Manifesta. 

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