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L’avventura (Italian, English, Greek with English subtitles)
Main screening room
June 15th, 2024
144 min
Islands of perdition

Remote and mysterious, whether hostile or enticing, infernal microcosms or dreamed worlds, islands have long captivated the imaginations of filmmakers. By their very isolated nature, they often serve as metaphoric or literal settings of loss and introspection, inviting exploration and oblivion. Enclosed by water, they provide ideal backdrops for intimate dramas and intense adventures, their geography shaping the narrative. As many real-world islands face existential threats, we invite you to explore a few fictional isles where cinema has found its enchanting refuge along the shore.

Winner of the Jury Prize, 1960 Cannes Film Festival

Directed by
Michelangelo Antonioni
Italian, English, Greek with English subtitles
Monica Vitti, Lea Massari, Gabriele Ferzetti
Italy, France
144 min
Drama, mystery, romance

On a cruise to the Aeolian Islands, a young couple - Anna and Sandro - and a few friends, including Claudia, disembark on a rocky islet. A conversation between Anna and Sandro about their marital future goes awry. When the group wants to leave, Anna is nowhere to be found. The search for her brings Claudia and Sandro closer together.


Michelangelo Antonioni

Michelangelo Antonioni is an Italian film director and screenwriter. He received numerous awards, including an Honorary Academy Award in 1995 and the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 1997 Venice Film Festival. He stands among the select few directors, alongside Robert Altman, Henri-Georges Clouzot, and Jean-Luc Godard, who have achieved the remarkable feat of winning the top three awards at the premier European film festivals held in Cannes, Berlin, and Venice. A key figure in modern cinema since his debut in 1950 with Story of a Love Affair, a film that marked the end of neorealism and the beginning of a new era in Italian cinema, Antonioni wrote some of the most intense and profound pages of 1960s and 1970s cinema, particularly with his famous Trilogy on Modernity and Its Discontent, consisting of the three black-and-white films L'Avventura (1960), La Notte (1961), and L'Eclisse (1962), all starring his then-companion, Monica Vitti. With his formally innovative works that renew cinematic dramaturgy, he is considered the author of the first films to tackle modern themes of incommunicability, alienation, and existential malaise.


Antonioni’s film changed my perception of cinema, and the world around me, and made both seem limitless.
Martin Scorsese
Observations on Film Art: The Restraint of L’AVVENTURA
Piers Handling on L'AVVENTURA | TIFF 2018
About Michelangelo Antonioni
Selected filmography
Michelangelo Antonioni en 5 minutes - Blow up - ARTE
The Existential Cinema of Michelangelo Antonioni
Michelangelo Antonioni receiving an Honorary Oscar®
Le cinéaste Michelangelo Antonioni en 1961, à propos de son style de cinéma