MILAN — The Hollywood connection between Prada and the movies isn’t just the glamour of red-carpet dressing and glitzy photo ops.
Through Fondazione Prada, an artistic organization she heads, Miuccia Prada is sponsoring the Milan version of New York’s Tribeca Film Festival — as well as the recovery and restoration of a string of Italian B-movies from the Thirties onward that will be presented at the international film festival in Venice in September.
“This is part of our project to expand our study from visual arts to different areas, such as cinema, music and philosophy, indispensable for the understanding of the complexities of the present,” said the intellectual designer on the sidelines of a press conference held here late last month to present the Milan edition of the Tribeca Film Festival, running Oct. 12-16.
The festival will be a yearly event open to the public. It will kick off with a gala, and Tribeca co-founders Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff are expected to attend.
Germano Celant, artistic director of the Prada foundation, said three documentaries and three fictional films will be shown at the initial festival. Among the documentaries will be two European premieres: the American “The Beauty Academy of Kabul” by Liz Mermin, the story of a group of American women who went to Afghanistan to teach underground lessons on the secrets of beauty, and “Lipstick & Dynamite, Piss & Vinegar: The First Ladies of Wrestling” by Ruth Leitman, on the origins of that sport. The third documentary will be “Arna’s Children” by Juliano Mer Khamis and Danniel Danniel, the story of a group of theater actors in a refugee camp in Cisgiordania, which will be shown for the first time in Italy. Among the fiction films will be the European premiere of the American “Killer Diller,” based on the novel by Clyde Edgerton.
“This collaboration with Prada has expanded our possibilities to offer films to a wider public,” said Jennifer Maguire, president of the Tribeca Film Festival, at the conference. “We have attracted more than 400,000 people to the festival [in New York] this year, and we will try to bring that energy to Milan.”
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