6 Jul – 27 Jul 2019

Directors Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel and actress Aomi Muyock will present the movie Jessica Forever (France, 2018) at Fondazione Prada’s Cinema in Milan.

Saturday 6 July at 9pm the special screening of Poggi and Vinel’s first feature film – not yet distributed in Italy, will be introduced by a conversation between Luigi Alberto Cippini, the two directors and the actress. Entrance to the event is free upon booking at: [email protected].

Jessica Forever is set in a dystopian universe in which a group of boys with a violent past let themselves be guided and protected by a mysterious woman, Jessica, determined to build an impossible dimension of peace, harmony and love. The main character, played by Aomi Muyock, is described by the directors-screenwriters as “a magician, a goddess, a warrior, a sister, a pacifist queen, an angel descended from the heavens”. Due to a meticoulous digital image editing and the use of special effects, the ordinary turns into extraordinary, the familiar into unfamiliar. The poetic language spoken by Jessica Forever characters “is both lyrical and barbaric” and contributes to define the immaturity, the anger and the innocence of those who do not recognize adults’ rules and are afraid of indefinite and oppressive present and future.

The latest work by Poggi and Vinel has been positively acclaimed by French and international critics for the solidity of staging and the audacity to face from an unusual point of view a reflection on enigmatic forms of violence and love. Jessica Forever is an in-depth analysis of an aesthetic research which – taking inspiration from extra-cinematographic sources such as hardcore metal music, video games, mangas and social networks, brings together brutality and romanticism, childlike dreams and desires of rebellion, paramilitary fantasies and existential escapes.

Jessica Forever, premiered at Toronto and Berlin festivals and released in France in May 2019, will be included in Fondazione Prada’s cinema program its original version with English subtitles. The movie is being screened at the foundation’s Cinema on Saturday 13, 20, 27 July within “Indagine” section, which brings together first releases and films that have not been distributed in Italy. The screenings on 20 and 27 July will be anticipated by Poggi and Vinel’s short films.

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JESSICA FOREVER (2018)