April 20, 2019

Padre Screening and Discussion with Giada Colagrande

Monteverdi Tuscany is delighted to host a screening of the 2016 film PADRE by Giada Colagrande. Starring Giada Colagrande, Willem Dafoe, Franco Battiato, and Marina Abramovic, PADRE showcases the relationship between a daughter and her deceased father, who communicate between dimensions using the power of music.

Join us on April 20th, 2019, for an aperitivo, a brief concert by Carlo Guaitoli, a screening of PADRE, and a question and answer session with Director Giada Colagrande. This event is free of charge and open to all with an RSVP.


Schedule of Events:

Aperitivo at 6:00 p.m.
Musical introduction by Carlo Guaitoli at 6:30 p.m.
Screening of PADRE
Question an answer with Giada Colagrande after screening

About Giada Colagrande:

With studies in Italy, Switzerland and Australia, Giada Colagrande began her career in video art, making documentaries on contemporary art and short fiction. In 2001, she presented her first feature, Aprimi il Cuore (Open My Heart), at the Venice Film Festival, winner of the Prix de l’Avenir in Paris Cinema 2003.

After this first work, Giada Colagrande directed other films like Before it Had a Name (The Black Widow) (2005), presented at the San Sebastian Festival and the Venice Film Festival; A Woman (2010), starring Willem Dafoe and premiered in Venice and Bob Wilson’s Life & Death of Marina Abramovic, a documentary about the opera directed by Wilson, based on the biography of Abramovic, starring Abramovic, Wilson, Dafoe and Antony Hegarty.
Her collaboration with the artist continued with The Abramovic Method (2013). In 2014, she starred in Abel Ferrara’s Pasolini and Castello Cavalcanti, a short film directed by Wes Anderson.

About Carlo Guaitoli:

Carlo Guaitoli is an Italian pianist who worked with Franco Battiato on the musical direction of PADRE. Carlo returns to Monteverdi, after having played a concert in the Church of Sant’Andrea in 2016.

Trained at the Conservatory of Verona and at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome under the guidance of Loretta Turci and Sergio Perticaroli, he gained top position in numerous international competitions including the Casagrande of Terni, Busoni di Bolzano, Rubinstein of Tel Aviv, International Music Competition of Japan in Tokyo, Unisa Competition of Pretoria. He has performed in the most important Italian and European centers, in the United States, Canada, Japan, China, Middle East, South Africa, playing as a soloist with prestigious orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Johannesburg Philharmonic. Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Philharmonic, A. Toscanini Philharmonic, Verona Arena Orchestra, Padua and Veneto Orchestra, Abruzzese Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician he has collaborated with the Quartetto d’archi della Scala, the Nuovo Quartetto Italiano, the Quintetto Bibiena.

Eclectic musician, interested in the various contemporary languages, has recorded for Emi and Sony and for more than twenty years he is a close collaborator of Franco Battiato; at his side he recorded numerous records both as a pianist and as director at the helm of prestigious orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra.

About Willem Dafoe:

Willem Dafoe’s first leading film role was in The Loveless by Kathryn Bigelow (1982). Since then, he has acted in more than 100 films – in Hollywood (Spiderman, The English Patient, Inside Man, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Daybreakers, Under the Sign of Danger, White Sands, Mississippi Burning, Roads of Fire ) and in independent cinema (Tom & Viv, Animal Factory, Hostage, Boondock Saints, American Psycho, So Far Away Near, My Son My Son, Farewell, The Dust of Time, My Hindu Friend, The Florida Project) .

Through his many diverse projects, he has had the opportunity to collaborate with a number of great artists, such as: Julian Schnabel (Van Gogh, Miral, Basquiat), Lars Von Trier (Antichrist, Manderlay), Martin Scorsese (Aviator, The Last Temptation Of Christ), Paul Schrader (Auto Focus, Affliction, The Spreader, Adam Resurrected, The Walker), David Cronenberg (Existenz), David Lynch (Wild Heart), William Friedkin (Living and Dying in Los Angeles), Oliver Stone (Born July 4, Platoon), Abel Ferrara (Pasolini, 4:44, Go Go Tales, New Rose Hotel), Wes Anderson (Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Life Aquatic), Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo and John Carter).

Dafoe has received three Oscar nominations (for Platoon, The Shadow of the Vampire and The Florida Project) and two Golden Globe nominations. He has also received an Independent Spirit Award, two LA Film Critics Award and an NY Film Critics Award. Dafoe is one of the founding members of the Wooster Group, one of the most influential avant-garde New York theater companies, for which he designed and performed shows from 1977 to 2005, in the USA and abroad.

Before PADRE, he has collaborated with Giada Colagrande in Before It Had A Name, A Woman, Bob Wilson’s Life & Death of Marina Abramovic, and in PASOLINI (directed by Abel Ferrara).

About Franco Battiato:

Franco Battiato is an Italian singer-songwriter, composer, filmmaker, and painter. Throughout his career, Battiato has managed to artfully interweave music across styles and genres in an ever-eclectic and original manner. He has worked with music from the romantic beginnings of the sixties, to experimental music from the seventies, passing through the cultured avant-garde, ethnic music, progressive rock and light music, even going through opera.

Battiato has achieved great public success and has collaborated with prominent figures such as the violinist Giusto Pio and the philosopher Manlio Sgalambro (coauthor of many of his songs). In addition to his music, Battiato’s writing also reflects his many interests, including mysticism, esotericism, philosophical theory, Sufism (in particular through the influence of G.I. Gurdjieff) and Eastern meditation.

About Marina Abramovic:

Marina Abramovic is a Serbian artist. Active since the 1960s, she has defined herself as the “grandmother of performance art”. Her work often explores the relationship between the artist and the public, and the contrast between the limits of the body and the possibilities of the mind. Well known in Italy since 1974, Abramovic won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 1997 for her performance in Balkan Baroque.

Before PADRE, she has collaborated with Giada Colagrande in Before It Had A Name, A Woman, Bob Wilson’s Life & Death of Marina Abramovic and in ABRAMOVIC METHOD.

Complete biography: it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marina_Abramovic

About This Event:

Date:   April 20, 2019

Time:   6:00 p.m.

Price:   Free

Location:   Sant'Andrea Church