The Planetary Garden.
The Manifesta 12 Palermo Film Programme proposes a cinematic reading of the central themes of the biennial through a selection of fictional and documentary movies that inform and enrich the overall narrative of the curatorial project.
Each of the selected films explores further the main themes of Manifesta 12 Palermo, echoing the structure of the Public Programme at large.
The Film Programme unfolds through four sections:
On Circulations: explores the migratory movement, it declines the extension of the phenomenon, the causes and consequences of migration policies, the search for identity and freedom of migrant populations. Looking for future possibilities to shape the borderless world to come.
On Networks: the power structure of contemporary states is manoeuvred by abstract forces, transnational private interests, algorithmic intelligence, ungovernable environmental processes. This section offers us the chance to investigate what space is nowadays left for collective and individual intervention in today’s regime of global flows.
On Gardens: the idea of ‘the garden’ gains importance as a site in which humans negotiate their coexistence with other species. The programme explores interspecies politics and ways to tend the planetary garden.
On Palermo: this section is a tribute to the city itself. It aims at stimulating a reflection on the city as a place of social, cultural, and urban transformations, as in a journey that alternates historical films with contemporary movies.
On Palermo programme unfolds also through the Cinema in the Garden events. Every two weeks, the garden designed by Coloco & Gilles Clément for Manifesta 12, in collaboration with ZEN Insieme and the residents of the neighbourhood, will turn into an open-air Cinema.
The screening calendar includes a series of appointments enriched by introductions and Q&A with the authors. Screenings are free and open for everyone. No booking required but seats are limited.
The Film programme is produced by In Between Art Film, and supported by Sicilia Film Commission, and Vidi Square.
The section On Palermo is developed in collaboration with Sicilia Film Commission, Ufficio Speciale per il Cinema e l’Audiovisivo.
Special thanks to Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia-Cineteca Nazionale, Rai Teche, Filmoteca Regionale
Siciliana – CR.icd Centro Regionale per l’Inventario, la Catalogazione e la Documentazione Grafica, Fotografica, Aerofotogrammetrica, Audiovisiva for the archival materials.
The programme of events at Arena La Sirenetta is supported by Progetto di Riqualificazione Urbana Infrastrutture e Sicurezza della Città di Palermo.