Museo Meà and L’Associazione Asilo Dei Creativi Di Meano present photographic exhibition and screening of director Chiara Campara’s ‘Lessons in Love’
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Meano, Italy – Museo Meà and L’Associazione Asilo Dei Creativi Meano are proud to present the most recent feature film by CHIARA CAMPARA (Italy). The film was produced through the Biennale College Cinema program of the Venice Biennale and had its world premiere on the 31st of August at the Venice Film Festival. Chiara Campara, the director/co-writer will be in attendance. After the screening of the film there will be a short Q&A. Accompanying the screening will be an exhibition of a series of images from the film plus the inauguration of the solo exhibition of Italian visual artist Giulia Ronchetti’s ‘Ununicofilo’
LESSONS OF LOVE
Directed by: Chiara Campara
Cast: Leonardo Lidi, Alice Torriani, Giancarlo Previati, Giovanni de Giorgi
Italy, 2019 (79’ minutes)
Yuri is thirty years old and has never had a girlfriend. Together with his father he runs a small farm in the mountains in a village with fewer and fewer inhabitants that he knows all too well, but one that was never really his choice. At the nightclub where he has been going since he was a boy he meets Agata, a stripteaser and he finally sees her as his chance to have a relationship.
In an attempt to save himself from a life of solitude, Yuri takes his own decision for the very first time: he leaves his father and family and moves to the suburbs of a nearby city. An uncle offers him a job and the chance to imagine a different life.
Director’s note (reviewed)
Lessons of Love is set in a marginal, depopulated mountain world on the outskirts of a big industrial city, a rural milieu bordering on an expanding urban sprawl in which country wisdom and stories about animals exist alongside sports cars and shopping centers. This belated coming of age which unfolds against a backdrop of humdrum beauty and violent contrasts ultimately comes to no definitive conclusion and only poses new questions.
Yuri works with animals every day on the family livestock farm, feeding the animals, taking care of them, seeing to every birth and death among them. Something makes him feel alien to the life he feels flowing through his hands. He is alone and cannot resign himself to the future of solitude that looms large before him. A chance for love with Agata, a girl he met at a nightclub, awakes Yuri to the impending need to make some choices. No one will come looking for him or save him from his frustration and solitude. He must act on behalf of himself and his desires alone.
Caught between doubt and awareness of the need to decide, to travel physically and emotionally, Yuri’s true initiation begins as he sets about addressing the deep tension underlying the need to be accepted and loved, the need to meaningfully face up to the force of our desires in order to understand who we really are.
Chiara Campara (Verona, June 4, 1987) studied Philosophy and Documentary Cinema in Milan. She has worked as assistant director and producer for independent cinema projects, and written and directed short and full-length documentaries, such as Sotterranea (2015) and Tempting promises (2017).
Photofinish (2014), documentary short, co- director
Sotterranea (2015), documentary short, co-director
Le allettanti promesse (2017), documentary, co-director