Summer longing for cinema under the stars. Florence is filled with outdoor arenas, where it is possible to see films again on the big screen, in a cool and safe environment (and often with glimpses of the city as an additional scenography). There are the historic summer cinemas, which this year also offer the possibility to book tickets online: the Chiardiluna Cinema in Oltrarnor (https://chiardilunafirenze.18tickets.it) where you can see until the beginning of September the new releases and the best titles of the past season and also cult films (from Pretty Woman to Gladiator, from Frankestein Junior to Forest Gump) at 5 euros, and the Cinema Outside Notte al Poggetto (http://www.flog.it/cinema.htm).
Then there are some special locations. On the panoramic terrace of the Bardini garden, on 6 July the “Cinema in Villa” festival kicks off (www.cinemainvilla.it) with the film “Paolo Conte. Via con me ”and in the presence of the director Giorgio Verdelli. Until August 22, the bill offers about 50 events: Mondays are dedicated to Sean Connery and the Danish director Thomas Vinterberg, Tuesdays to jazz on the big screen (in collaboration with Music Pool); every Wednesday there are titles from literary texts (in collaboration with the festival ‘La città dei Lettere’ which in Villa Bardini from 26 to 29 August), on Thursday films for families (free with reservations required), on Friday films in original language with subtitles in Italian, French cinema on Saturday, films on the world of fashion on Sunday. Programming by the Niels Stensen Cultural Foundation. A series of special events is added to the screening of the films: Wednesday 14 July preview of the film “Cos (o mi pare)” by Elio Germano, with special viewers for virtual reality. Instead, Folco Terzani introduces the film “The end, my beginning” on Wednesday 21st July. “Trash – the legend of the magic pyramid” the animated film that teaches the good practices of recycling, Thursday 29 July, in the presence of the directors Luca Della Grotta, Francesco Dafano.
In Piazzale degli Uffizi “Open Cinema!”, the review of Italian and international auteur cinema in the original language subtitled in Italian, with free admission. The “Apriti Cinema” project brings to the city of Florence fiction and documentaries proposed by Florentine festivals with an international vocation, such as the Festival dei Popoli, The Screen of Art, the Florence Korea Film Fest, Middle East Now, River to River Florence, Indian Film Festival, Nice Festival.
For the Fiesole Award to the Masters of Cinema, attributed this year to Mario Martone, there will be a retrospective of the Italian director, which traces his career; a particular tribute will be dedicated to Women in Art, with a review of five films, dedicated to the life and work of some of the most representative female figures in the art world: Yayoi Kusama, Marina Abramović, Peggy Guggenheim, Artemisia Gentileschi , Pippa Bacca and Carmengloria Morales.
Finally, on the 700th anniversary of the death of the Supreme Poet, there will be a series of cinematic events and live readings, dedicated to Dante Alighieri. The cinema arena organized by the Quelli dell’Alfieri association, with programming by La Compagnia – Fondazione Sistema Toscana, in collaboration and with the support of the Uffizi Galleries and inserted in the Florentine Summer billboard of the Municipality of Florence (to book the seat https: //uffizi.spazioalfieri.18tickets. it).
Alla Manifattura Tabacchi until 31 August the Piazza dell’Orologio becomes an open-air cinema with 200 seats for the review “(not only) Cinema in Manifattura” curated by the Stensen Foundation. Among the main events, a section dedicated to author cartoons together with the animation studio DogHead Animation, with a tribute to the internationally renowned animator Bruno Bozzetto (present in the arena on July 16), the film and psychoanalysis review with the Psychoanalytic Center Florentine films, the Italian films of the last season, the meetings organized by the Accademia della Crusca on the language of cinema with films to follow, a tribute to the most recent works of some Florentine directors, an evening for Lorenzo Orsetti (12 July) and a for Erriquez della Bandabard (27 July), a screening on the 40 years of club culture and discos in Italy, as well as presentations of cinema books and some meetings on the contemporary, in collaboration with Associazione Andrea Mi and Ied Firenze (Info and program www.stensen.org).
Cinema in the Cloister instead the new summer arena in the loggia of the Museo Novecento which will animate the Florentine Summer until 5 September, with arthouse films and artist films, previews and meetings, in the setting of the ancient Spedale delle Leopoldine in Piazza Santa Maria Novella, seat of the museum, in an open space with 130 seats. Every evening at 9.30 pm the Spazio Alfieri will project a rich film program (info and reservations www.spazioalfieri.it and https://spazio.spazioalfieri.18tickets.it/).
Until 12 September the Magic Nights at the Parco d’Arte Pazzagli kicks off with cineforum and picnics to “enjoy” the films sitting on the lawn of the Park in Sant’Andrea a Rovezzano. It is possible to bring your own food or book at the refreshment point. The review, curated by Massimiliano Silvestri and Elisa Amerena of the “EcoRinascimento” Association and by Marco Frittelli of the “Bottega del Cinema” Association, offers Saturdays dedicated to families with Oscar-winning films and animated films, on Sundays and some Fridays the arthouse cinema. On 11 July there will also be a theatrical show dedicated to Sherlock Holmes with the collaboration of the organizers of the first Italian site dedicated to the most famous investigator in the world. Guided tours of the Pazzagli Art Park will be organized before and after the films (Info http://ecorinascimento.com)