Pisa pays homage to Pier Paolo Pasolini. On the occasion of the centenary of his birth, the city of Pisa is celebrating one of the greatest intellectuals of the 20th century with a series of initiatives that will take place throughout the year, until his death on 2 November. The programme includes screenings of his entire filmography, meetings and book presentations, and an exhibition event with videos, photographs and graphic works at the Museo della Grafica. The event is promoted by the Municipality of Pisa, in collaboration with the University of Pisa, the Arsenale cinema and with the organisational direction of the Pellegrini bookshop. The programme was presented this morning in the presence of Paolo Pesciatini, councillor for tourism of the Municipality of Pisa, Carla Benedetti, professor at the University of Pisa, Virginia Mancini and Alessandro Tosi, Museo della Grafica, Antonio Capellupo, Arsenale cinema, Massimo Trocchi, Pellegrini bookshop, Stefano Tonelli, artist.
The first event is on Saturday 5 March, the 100th anniversary of Pasolini's birth, with the screening at the Arsenale cinema of the restored film of "Accattone", Pasolini's debut film, with an introduction by Professor Carla Benedetti (8.30 p.m.) and a greeting by Councillor Paolo Pesciatini (screenings also on Sunday 6 and Monday 7 March). This will be followed by a retrospective that, through restored films and numerous events realised in collaboration with professors from the University of Pisa, will retrace the entire filmography of the Bolognese poet and director on the big screen.
From Monday 14 to Wednesday 16, the restored film "Mamma Roma" will be screened with an introduction by Professor Chiara Tognolotti (Wednesday 16, 8.30 p.m.).
An important and eagerly awaited event is the exhibition "Something is always missing..." at the Museo della Grafica (Palazzo Lanfranchi) from 1 April to 2 May, curated by Davide Rondoni, Massimo Trocchi and Paolo Pesciatini. The video, photographic and graphic works exhibition and an installation is intended to be a heartfelt "homage", as expressed in the title, and an "invitation to reading" made up of images, video projections, films and artistic works. The exhibition, set up in the rooms of Palazzo Lanfranchi, is divided into four sections:
- "I, Pier Paolo Pasolini". A video exhibition produced by the Casa Testori association and curated by Giuseppe Frangi.
-Matera, my Jerusalem'. 25 shots of Domenico Notarangelo on the set of "The Gospel according to St. Matthew".
- "To Pier Paolo". 13 shots by Elio Ciol.
- "A desperate lack". Graphic works and an installation by Stefano Tonelli.
The opening of the exhibition is scheduled for Friday 1 April (5 p.m.) at the Museo della Grafica in Palazzo Lanfranchi (Lungarno Galileo Galilei).
To take part in the inauguration, booking is required at the following link: https://museodellagrafica.sma.unipi.it/prenotazione-eventi-speciali/
Other screenings, poetry readings and book presentations are scheduled at the nearby Arsenale cinema.
-Monday 4 April (Spazio Sammartino - Cinema Arsenale, via San Martino 63, 9.00 pm) presentation of "Manca sempre qualcosa. Lettura per PPP", poetry reading by Davide Rondoni (free admission).
-Monday 11 April (Spazio Sammartino - Cinema Arsenale, via San Martino 63, 5.00 p.m.) "Pasolini, le lettere". Presentation of the book, with contributions from Antonella Giordano, editor of the volume, and Simone Ticciati, editor of "Italo Svevo, lettere".
-Wednesday 13th April (cinema Arsenale, vicolo Scaramucci 2, 8.30 p.m.) screening of the film "Il Vangelo secondo Matteo".
-Wednesday 20 April (Arsenale cinema, vicolo Scaramucci 2, 8.30pm) screening of "La ricotta. Comizi d'amore".