Welcome Palermo
by MASBEDO, Italy 2019, 75'
SCREENPLAY: MASBEDO   TEXTS: Salvo Cuccia, Nicolò Scalzo, Gabriello Montemagno, Suor Cornelia, Gioacchino Lanza Tomasi, Franco Alaimo, Raffaello Piraino, Salvatore Di Giovanni, Letizia Battaglia e Aurora Cipolla, il sig. Gambino di Bagheria detto "Elvis Dean", Vittoria Alliata, Leoluca Orlando, Pier Paolo Pasolini  

Produzione: In Between Art Film  

EDITING: Cristina Sardo   LANGUAGE: Vo: Italian; Sub: English

Schermo dell'Arte - Archivio Film Presented at Lo schermo dell'arte 2019

 In 2018, for Manifesta 12 in Palermo, artistic duo MASBEDO transformed an old van into
Videomobile, a laboratory on wheels. This curious vehicle, equipped with a stage for performances and interviews, became a multi-channel interactive installation at the biennial. Welcome Palermo, dedicated to the relationship between that city and the cinema, covers the project’s evolution. Interviews with Palermo’s mayor Leoluca Orlando, princess Vittoria Alliata di Villafranca e Valguarnera, daughter of Francesco Alliata, founder of the film production company Alliata Films, musicologist Gioacchino Lanza Tomasi, nephew of the writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Sister Cornelia of San Paolo Film who selected films for distribution in the parish cinema circuit, alternate with archival material and performances by artists (writers, DJs) and ordinary Palermo citizens who recite questions on sexuality asked by Pier Paolo Pasolini in his film Comizi d’amore. In Welcome Palermo MASBEDO recharges the memory of a city inextricably linked to Italian cinema through figures who worked anonymously or marginally, and through prominent directors such as Vittorio De Sica, Ugo Gregoretti, Luchino Visconti. The film ends with a Tamhil dance in the ballroom of Palermo’s Palazzo Gangi, the set of the final scene of Gattopardo.
MASBEDO is an artistic duo formed by Nicolò Massazza (1973) and Iacopo Bedogni (1970). Their works have been exhibited in museums, biennials and institutions around the world, including: ICA Milan (2019), MNAC Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya Barcelona (2019); MAMM Multimedia Art Museum Moscow (2018), Manifesta 12 Palermo (2018), Center Pompidou / Forum des Immages Paris (2018), Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin (2018); Reggia di Venaria Reale Turin (2016), Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb (2016); MART Rovereto (2015), Changjiang Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Basel Film Hong Kong Arts Center (2015).

Selected Filmography:
2017 Madame Pinin 2016 Fragile 2014 The Lack 2012 Tralala

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