The Garden That Doesn’t Exist

The Garden That Doesn’t Exist

Alto Piano is producing the new film documentary by Rä di Martino with the subject of Noa Karavan Cohen.

The Garden that Doesn’t Exist wants to explore and recount the story and the world the novel by Giorgio Bassani talks about, digging into the many intertwining stories and links between the author’s life, historical events and the characters and facts described in the book. Also by making it resonate with the imaginations of readers of yesterday and today, for whom the fictional space of the garden is so tangible that it becomes a physical space, which could actually exist.

The garden of the Finzi-Continis never existed. However, once upon a time there was a garden, which became a place of pilgrimage, a safe haven, thanks to the novel by Giorgio Bassani, a bestseller recounting the rise of fascism in Italy and the disappearance of the Finzi-Continis, a Jewish family from Ferrara. Reality, fiction, the documentary plays with History, the book and the characters from the novel…

The Garden that Doesn’t Exist is inspired by a reflection: how much a work of art can condition ourway of seeing the world? What are the consequences of this? How can something created by a writer, a director, an artist become real in the collective imagination? Where is the line between fiction and reality?

Our film want to investigate these themes starting from Giorgio Bassani’s masterpiece, The Garden of the Finzi Contini, to discover how this novel influenced our way of imagining a city, Ferrara, a dramatic historical period, a family, a garden. The world of cinema surprisingly celebrated the transposition of De Sica with the Oscar, creating a further emphasis around an already well-known story. Hundreds of Micòl were born, the students find excerpts of the book in their anthologies and discuss them, still today from different places, in large numbers, people arrive in Ferrara to look for The Garden that doesn’t exist …

Can art be the refuge we are looking for?

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Rä di Martino

Rä di Martino (Rome, 1975) is a visual artist and film-maker.
She studied in London where she graduated with an MFA at the Slade School of Art and after spending a few years in New York she moved back to Italy.
Her practice explores the passage of time, as well as the discrepancies that differentiate epic narratives from lived experiences.

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