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“TROIANE” Wins The Venice Architecture Short Film Festival

The film “TROIANE” is dedicated to the second life of fir trees downed by the storm Vaia.

400 fir logs violently demolished in Friuli by the environmental catastrophe of the Tempesta Vaia lead to a second life in the Euripides’ tragedy on the stage of the Greek Theater in Syracuse, summer 2019 in the scenography by Stefano Boeri Architetti.  This is the story of their journey. Venice, September 4, 2020 – In one single night, in October 2018, rain and wind tore down 14 million trees, transforming a lush mountain landscape in northern Italy into an apocalyptic ground, with environmental consequences that will affect life in the area for many decades to come. In Carnia, one of the worst-hit areas, 400 of those trunks were retrieved, and from there traveled to the Greek Theater of Syracuse, where, as protagonists of the scenography designed by Stefano Boeri for Euripides’ Trojan Women, they gained one last role, like mute witnesses of both tragedies. The short film directed by Stefano Santamato and produced by Paolo Soravia – The Blink Fish for Stefano Boeri Architetti, wins the Venice Architecture Short Film Festival 2020 which, during the Venice Film Festival, awards the best cinematographic works dedicated to architecture.


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“Troiane,” tells, from the point of view of the trees, the journey of the fir trees from the Friulian woods to the Greek theatre in Syracuse, following them for over 1,500 km, in the alternation of landscapes, colors and sounds. The film retraces the main steps of the realization of the scenography of Euripides’ Trojan Women, a production by the INDA Foundation – superintendent Antonio Calbi -, for the 2019 season dedicated to the theme “Women and war”, with the direction of Muriel Mayette-Holtz, the technical collaboration of Anastasia Kucherova and the music of Cyril Giroux. In the scenography of the famous tragedy – that narrates the events following the defeat of Troy, from the division of women among the winners to the destruction of the city – the architect Stefano Boeri evokes that ancient devastation inspired by the images of the Vaia storm, extreme weather event linked to climate change.

This edition, entitled “Living Together Again”, which evokes the question “How will we live together?” launched by Hashim Sarkis for the 17th International Architecture Exhibition, it is also composed of a film review of author films, curated by Beka & Lemoine. The short film tells, from the point of view of the trees, the journey of the fir trees from the Friulian woods to the Greek theatre in Syracuse, following them for over 1,500 km, in the alternation of landscapes, colors, and sounds. In the scenography of the famous tragedy – that narrates the events following the defeat of Troy, from the division of women among the winners to the destruction of the city – the architect Stefano Boeri evokes that ancient devastation inspired by the images of the Vaia storm, extreme weather event linked to climate change.


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INFORMATION

Visuals with courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti

https://www.stefanoboeriarchitetti.net



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