Amos Gitai | Politics, Esthetics, Cinema

In this fourth event in our programme ‘ Meeting Architecture: Architecture and the Creative Process ’ the British School at Rome together with the French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici present the screening of the film Lullaby to my Father , realized in 2012 by Israeli director Amos Gitai and which was presented at the 69 th International Venice Film Festival.  The screening will be held at the British School (via Gramsci 61) at 6 pm- The showing will be preceded by a presentation by journalist Irene Bignardi.  At 7,30 pm, the director will hold an encounter with the public. In his lecture Gitai will discuss the relationship between architecture and film in his work. Based in Israel, the United States and France, Gitai has produced an extraordinary, wideranging, and deeply personal body of work. In around 40 films – both documentary and fiction, Gitai has explored the layers of history in the Middle East and beyond, and has included his own personal history, through such themes as homeland and exile, religion, social control and utopia. Some of Gitai’s other acclaimed films include: Kadosh (the third film in Gitai’s trilogy of Israeli cities), Kippur (2000), Kedma (2002) and Free Zone (2005). Gitai’s work has been the subject of major retrospectives, notably at the Centre Pompidou (Paris), NFT and ICA (London), Lincoln Center (New York). In 2012, the Venice International Film Festival presented a retrospective of his work and his new film Ana Arabia won the Green Drop Award at the 2013 Venice International Film Festival. In February 2014, the Cinémathèque française in Paris will present a retrospective of this work.