Middle of Nowhere (USA, 2012) di/by Ava DuVernay. Courtesy ARRAY''
6 May – 24 Jun 2022

“Soggettiva” cinematographic series invites personalities from the arts and culture worlds to share the films that have marked their personal and intellectual education. After Roman Polanski, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Damien Hirst, Theaster Gates, Luc Tuymans, Nicolas Winding Refn, Pedro Almodóvar, and Danny Boyle, the award-winning director, writer, producer and film distributor Ava DuVernay conceived the new film selection, which is screened at Fondazione Prada’s Cinema every Friday from 6 May to 24 June 2022.

The project will be introduced with a live Instagram conversation with Ava DuVernay on 5 May 2022 at 6 pm (CEST).

According to DuVernay, “Cinema is a window to the world. No matter who or where you are, you can enter a film and be transported. The opportunity to experience the personalities, practices and passions of others in profound ways is a miracle that must be cherished and celebrated. And I’m thrilled to do just that through the films I’ve selected for exhibition at Fondazione Prada. These pictures are vibrant and powerful odes to humanity by an array of filmmakers from all parts of the globe. The images and stories that I’ve chosen have inhabited a part of me since the moment I encountered them”. “Soggettiva Ava DuVernay” includes 8 features films: Killer of Sheep (US, 1977) by Charles Burnett, La Battaglia di Algeri (Italy, 1966) by Gillo Pontecorvo, Black Girl – La Noire de… (Senegal, 1966) by Ousmane Sembène, La pointe courte (France, 1955) by Agnès Varda, Middle of Nowhere (US, 2012) by Ava DuVernay, Pather Panchali (India, 1955) by Satyajit Ray, Sankofa (US, 1993) by Haile Gerima, and Volcano – Eldfjall (Iceland, 2011) by Rúnar Rúnarsson.

“Soggettiva Ava DuVernay” enriches the screening program presented by Fondazione Prada at its Cinema on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. It includes various formats and visual languages in which classics, experimental works, first releases, blockbusters, avant-garde works, television products, rare films and restorations coexist. The other two sections, “Indagine” and “Origine”, feature a clustered theme-oriented screening list of movies investigating new releases and historical films.