Cinema under the stars at the Castello del Buonconsiglio: films dedicated to great women artists from the 17th century to the present day

From July 28 to August 25, 2021, every meceday, the Buonconsiglio Castle offers open-air cinema with five films dedicated to the lives of female painters. It starts with Artemisia Gentileschi.

Cinema in theopen air at Buonconsiglio Castle, a summer event that is renewed for the third year, curated by the Coordinamento Teatrale Trentino as part of the diCastel inCastello festival organized by the Centro Servizi Culturali S. Chiara and Buonconsiglio Castle. On Wednesday evenings, from July 28 to Aug. 25, 2021 at 9 p.m., it will be possible to watch under the stars five films dedicated to female artists, in line with the theme of the exhibition on Fede Galizia, a painter of Trentino origin who was successful in the Baroque era, set up in the halls of the Castle.

The five films will recount the lives of female painters who have made art history from the 17th century to the present, starting with Artemisia Gentileschi, with Jordan River’s documentary film scheduled for July 28. on Aug. 4, Portrait of the Burning Young Woman by Céline Sciamma, a film that is not strictly biographical, but depicts the condition of women, including from an artistic point of view, in the late 18th century, will be shown. It then continues on Aug. 11 with The Danish Girl directed by Tom Hooper, loosely based on the lives of Danish painters Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener, and on Aug. 18 with Martin Provost’s Séraphine, a refined and calligraphic portrait of an exponent of art naïf.

The festival will conclude on Aug. 25 with Big Eyes, Tim Burton’s film based on the true story, set in mid-century California, of Walter Keane, who achieved enormous success as a painter of kitsch paintings that all had big-eyed children as their subject. And which were all painted, in fact, by his wife.

Free admission with prior reservation, which will be possible starting the week before the screening date. In case of bad weather, the film will be shown in the former Marangonerie hall.

To make a reservation, simply log on to the website, enter the section dedicated to the event and click on Reserve your seat; by releasing your details, you will receive a QR code that must later be shown at the entrance on the evening of the event. For information: | |


Wednesday, July 28, 9 p.m.
Artemisia Gentileschi. Warrior Painter
Directed by Jordan River
With Angela Curri, Melissa Pignataro
Italy, 2020
Running time: 60’

This docufilm directed by director Jordan River, recounts the life and works of Artemisia Gentileschi (Rome, 1593 - Naples, 1654), an Italian painter of the Caravaggio school and the first woman in history to be admitted to a drawing academy, that of Florence. A dreamlike journey through the works of Artemisia Gentileschi, a symbol of world feminism for her character and strenuous defense of her professional dignity. In 1618, at the age of 23, Artemisia Gentileschi became the first woman artist to have an international career, finding her way to liberation both as a woman and as an artist through painting.

Wednesday, Aug. 4, 9 p.m.
Portrait of the Young Girl on Fire
Directed by Céline Sciamma
With Noémie Merlant, Valeria Golino, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami
France, 2019
Running time: 120’

France, 1770. Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloise, a young woman who has just left the convent. She, however, does not want to marry and therefore refuses the portrait as well. Marianne then tries to observe her so that she can still fulfill the mandate. She will discover many things about herself as well.

Wednesday, August 11, 9 p.m.
The Danish Girl
Directed by Tom Hooper
With Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard
Great Britain, 2015
Running time: 120’

Adapted from the novel The DanishGirl, written in 2000 by David Ebershoff and loosely based on the lives of Danish women painters Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Copenhagen, early 1920s. Danish artist Gerda Wegener paints a portrait of her painter husband Einar dressed as a woman. The painting achieves great popularity, and Einar begins to permanently maintain a feminine appearance, changing his name to Lili Elbe. Driven by feminist ideals and supported by his wife, Elbe attempts the first male-to-female sex change surgery. The surgery will have major repercussions on his marriage and identity.

Wednesday, August 18, 9 p.m.
Directed by Martin Provost
With Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur, Anne Bennent
France, Belgium, 2008
Running time: 125’

Senlis, Picardy, 1914. Séraphine Louis is a humble housekeeper who by day works as a cleaner and piecework laundress and by night paints within the walls of a small apartment. Séraphine has no knowledge of painting techniques. Her art draws strength from religious faith and contemplation of the forms of nature. One day, at the house in which she serves, the famous German art critic Wilhelm Uhde, among the most important collectors and patrons of Parisian exhibitions, comes to stay. Uhde, after discovering one of the maid’s paintings by chance, is impressed by the colors and great vitality of her art and decides to cultivate her talent.

Wednesday, Aug. 25, 9 p.m.
Big Eyes
Directed by Tim Burton
Starring Christoph Waltz, Amy Adams, Krysten Ritter
Usa, 2014
Running time: 106’

This is the story of painter Walter Keane who stunned America in the 1960s with his paintings depicting little boys with “big eyes.” The protagonists, played on the big screen by Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz, are a real-life painter couple, Margaret and Walter Keane. The couple will have overwhelming success for their paintings of subjects with huge eyes painted not by Walter, as he will be made to believe by the world, but by his wife, who dragged him after their divorce into a dispute, claiming that she was the one who invented that distinctive mark.

Cinema under the stars at the Castello del Buonconsiglio: films dedicated to great women artists from the 17th century to the present day
Cinema under the stars at the Castello del Buonconsiglio: films dedicated to great women artists from the 17th century to the present day

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