Venice, floating cinema returns to the waters of the lagoon

From August 25 to September 10, 2023, the appointment with Floating Cinema - Acqur Sconosciute returns to the Venice lagoon. The theme of this 4th edition will be living, the relationship between the human and the nonhuman, and the anthropogenic impact on ecosystems.

The appointment with Cinema Galleggiante - Acque Sconosciute, the cultural festival that will take place in the waters behind the island of Giudecca in the Venice Lagoon from August 25 to September 10, 2023, is back again this year.

The 4th Edition of Cinema Galleggiante - Acque Sconosciute will investigate habitation, the relationship between the human and the non-human, and the anthropogenic impact on ecosystems. In a line of continuity to the investigation of the other and the unknown several authors explore the superhuman and the beyond.

The participation of partners who have supported previous editions is reconfirmed:

TBA21-Academy - Ocean Space presents two productions documenting the underwater world of the Venice Lagoon, Breathings of the moon (2002), by Diego Delas and Leonor Serrano Rivas and We Marry You, O Sea, as a Sign of True and Perpetual Dominion (2023), by Sonia Levy. The works are the result of extensive research conducted during the STARTS4Water residency in Venice in 2022 and have in common a meditative observation of phenomena present in natural environments. Pentagram Stiftung continues its selection linked to cinematic masterpieces and this year presents Lotte Reiniger’s The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926), the first known animated feature film made with the silhouette technique. The story, a fairy tale that triggers visions related to the subconscious, tells some events from The Arabian Nights and is set to live music by Giovanni Claudio Di Giorgio (violin), Marco Aurelio Di Giorgio (flute) and Gabriele Tai (cello). Palazzo Grassi - Punta della Dogana - Pinault Collection is participating with Jonathas de Andrade’s O Peixe [The Fish] (2016), a film about the relationship between species that documents a ritual of connection with the animal world of an indigenous community. Fondazione In Between Art Film presents a focus on the work of artist Rosa Barba with a screening of the films Inside the Outset: Evoking a Space of Passage (2021) and Subconscious Society, a Feature (2014). In these works, presented during two separate evenings, the author maps a series of mental and physical geographies through the exploration of archaeological remains from different eras. The National Pavilion of Uzbekistan presents Sunday (2023) by Shokir Kholikov, a film that through a dilated rhythm depicts the passage of time in the rural society of Uzbekistan as opposed to modern life. The contemplative register present in the film is in continuity with the concert of traditional music of Mongolia by the Tengerton ensemble presented during the same evening by Redhero - BodhiDharma Foundation. Combo presents a live performance by Sabla, confirming its research and selection of artists in the world of spe- rimental electronic music. The set is accompanied by a screening of Lorenzo Mason’s Sunsets in the Lagoon (over Marghera) (2023). The 2023 edition features CIFRA, a new partner of Floating Cinema - Unknown Waters, which presents productions by five authors including Clément Cogitore, Angelika Markul and Jan Svankmajer.
Completing the selection are Chen Zhou’s The Story of Nanka Gulu and Iron Hawk (2021), which creates a short circuit between epic narrative and technological development, and Basim Magdy’s Time Laughs Back at You Like a Sunken Ship (2012), which investigates the conception of time and the formation of memories in human beings.

The fourth edition of Floating Cinema - Unknown Waters opens with two voices related to the city: the first talk is by Venetian writer Tiziano Scarpa, who chooses excerpts in prose and verse from his works about our relationship with spaces and objects: stories of crooked architects, hypnotic washing machines and other alienating experiences. Next is shown Moriyama-San (2017) by Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine, an established artist-filmmaker duo who have made Venice their home. The documentary follows the daily life of Mr. Moriyama, an urban hermit living in a small archipelago of peace in the heart of Tokyo, designed for him by architect Ryue Nishizawa. On the following evening, Tacita Dean’s 35mm film Paradise (2022) is screened, with music Paradise by Thomas Ades; an experimentation with light and color that restores an abstract vision of the afterlife, inspired by the hues used in a series of watercolors painted by William Blake with the Divine Comedy as its subject. The artist made the film as part of the set design for The Dante Project, a three-act ballet co-produced by the Royal Opera House in London and the Paris Opera Ballet, with choreography by Wayne McGregor and original score by Thomas Ades.

Floating Cinema - Unknown Waters is a project by Edoardo Aruta and Paolo Rosso presented by Microclima and co-curated by Alessandra Messali with the aim of shaping a collective vision and desire. The audience is asked to enter the waters of the lagoon giving life to an amphibious settlement in close contact with the natural elements.

The complete Floating Cinema program and booking link are available on the official website at

Photo edition 2022: Riccardo Banfi.

Venice, floating cinema returns to the waters of the lagoon
Venice, floating cinema returns to the waters of the lagoon

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