Eugène Green • Italy-France • 2014
Alexandre and Aliénor live in Paris, in a state of stagnation—Aliénor feels her husband slipping away from her as he settles into a state of professional and spiritual malaise. The couple escape to Italy when Alexandre becomes inspired by the idea of completing an unfinished book on seventeenth century Roman baroque architect Francesco Borromini. While in the small town of Stresa on Lago Maggiore, they meet Goffredo and Lavinia, a pair of siblings who awaken internal longings in the couple that had long laid dormant.
Embellished with formalistic flourishes and a gentle, elegant tone, La Sapienza heralds the return to a simpler world—of art and architecture, the pillars of modern civilization. Eugène Green’s fifth film premiered at Locarno, BFI London, Göteborg, and Seville, where it won Best Film.