40 year celebration of 'masterpiece' of modern architecture

MILAN - The Milan Design Film Festival is scheduled to take place in Milan from Oct. 25 to 28 at Anteo Palazzo del Cinema. It is a festival investigating the subtlety of the word ‘design’ and is now in its sixth edition. The festival will include reviews of documentaries, biographies, stories that bring to the big screen the theme of the project and aim to provide the public with the tools to internalize the creative path in the broadest sense.

 For architecture enthusiasts ‘We do not need sets: The long history of the church of Alvar Aalto in Riola’ by Mara Corradi and Roberto Ronchi will be shown, a documentary brought to life thanks to the contribution of Marazzi.

 The Church of Riola di Vergato, in the province of Bologna, despite being the only Italian work of one of the greatest masters of the Modern Movement, the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, has remained almost unknown to most for forty years. Inexplicably, it is barely known even to insiders. The one-hour documentary shows the discovery of this precious work and tells the interesting story that led to its construction, through the research of a young boy intrigued by the work. It was commissioned and designed in 1965, and constructed and inaugurated only thirteen years later, on June 17, 1978, an event whose 40th anniversary is celebrated this year. Included in the documentary are lots of testimonies from architects, protagonists and Riolese people that recreate the story started by the Cardinal of Bologna Giacomo Lercaro, who identified in the language of the Finnish Master's architecture the ability to interpret the new spatial orientations indicated by the Second Vatican Council, premising that: “we aren’t thirsty for sets ".

 The documentary was produced by ImmagicaFilm, an independent production company, thanks to a fundraising campaign that involved not just locals but also the contribution of the Parish of Riola, the Municipality of Grizzana Morandi and the Union of Municipalities of Bolognese Apennines.

 Screenings of the documentary take place at Anteo Palazzo del Cinema on the following dates. Friday Oct. 26, at 8.45 pm, (in the presence of the directors, representatives of the Embassy of Finland and Marco Tamarri, Head of Tourism and Culture of the Union of Municipalities of the Bolognese Apennines), and Saturday Oct. 27, at 7.15 pm, with free admission.