Programmed by Daniela Persico
Malpensa Airport in Milan. The tale of a maze-like structure over four seasons: a city consisting of sterile spaces where merchandise and people coexist and where one easily loses one’s bearings. A place of arrivals and departures, of systematic controls, of interrogations and exercises, and a “castle” that people have adopted as a sort of residence. A cordial and symbolic film about our existence on earth.
Malpensa symbolises all Italian airports: a crossroads of departures and arrivals ruled by precise timings and inflexible positions. Like the fortress of a new kingdom, this modern-day no man’s land represents a place to analyse contemporary consumption of travel with its enjoyable and ontological aspects, economic trade and social signification, as well as a laboratory to measure the new methods to monitor and control citizens, especially when it visits the areas closed off to the public that make up a large part of the airport. The documentary-making duo realise their idea of cinema by composing a visual symphony that makes use of the cyclical progression of the seasons and gives a voice to the multitude and the individual, alternating the portrayal of a collective area with the individual stories of those that pass through it, are stuck there or who’ve managed to turn it into their own home. A pictorial essay on control.
Programmer and critic