×

Prada, More Involved In Film, Hosts Milan Screenings, Launches Film School In Venice

Following initiatives in tandem with the Tribeca and Venice film festivals, Prada is stepping up its commitment to the movie world by launching a non-conventional film school in Venice.

The Italian fashion house announced its new film-related project during a high-profile screening series currently underway at the Prada Foundation in Milan titled “Flesh, Mind and Spirit,” co-curated by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and U.S. critic and film scholar Elvis Mitchell (pictured at the opening).

Called “Belligerent Eyes,” the Prada film school will experiment with new ways of teaching and delving into film and related fields, according to a statement. It will run between May and September 2016 in the Prada Foundation’s Venetian venue at Ca’ Corner della Regina.

The program is recruiting international academics, professionals and a select group of students in various fields that besides film include architecture, journalism, and digital communication.

The purpose of the school is “to go beyond traditional educational methods and stimulate reflection on the social and cultural transformations currently impacting audio-visual production.” The idea is “to lay the groundwork for innovative research in the study of cinema and production and distribution,” the statement said. Further details are being kept under wraps.

Popular on Variety

Prada, in partnership with the Venice fest’s independently-run Venice section, has for several years been producing “The Miu Miu Women’s Tales” series of short films by women directors, mostly recently one titled “Les Tres Boutons” by influential French auteur Agnes Warda.

Film activity is now being stepped up since the opening of a beautiful new arts center, the Prada Foundation, in May, 2015, in an old distillery converted by star architect Rem Koolhaas. Its bar, known as Bar Luce, is designed by Wes Anderson. Opened during the Milan Expo, the arts centre is fast becoming a point of pride for Milan. The film space opened with the world preem of docu “Roman Polanski: My Inspirations” by Laurent Bouzereau followed by a Polanski spotlight featuring selected works of his and films that inspired them.

The current screenings at the Prada Foundation are a selection of Inarritu’s favourite films that includes Marco Bellocchio’s first film “Fists in the Pocket,” Alain Resnais’ “Last Year at Marienbad,” and fellow Mexican auteur Carlos Reygadas’ “Silent Light.” Mitchell, who curates the film section of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, introduced the series in Milan.

More Film

  • Hillary Clinton'Hillary' Documentary, HULU, TCA Winter

    Variety Studio Returns to Sundance With Star-Studded Interviews

    Variety will return to the Sundance Film Festival with its annual interview studio in partnership with AT&T, held at the WarnerMedia Lounge on Main Street. The studio runs from Jan. 24 through Jan. 27 and will host the stars from this year’s buzziest premieres including Hillary Clinton (“Hillary”), Gloria Steinem (“The Glorias”), Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Siempre, [...]

  • Janicza Bravo

    Why 'Zola' Filmmaker Isn't Sweating the Sundance Premiere

    Writer-director Janicza Bravo is a officially Sundance veteran. “Zola” is her second feature to premiere and her fourth time showing work at the festival. And as a such, she’s taking all of the buzz around her film — based on the 148-Tweet stripper saga that went viral in 2015 — in stride. “I can’t wait [...]

  • Best Picture - 'Green Book'91st Annual

    Film vs TV? In Truth, They've Been Married for 70 Years

    In a prescient Variety column in 1978, reporter Jim Harwood talked about the blurring distinction (artistic and technical) between film and television. He wrote: “Is a ‘motion picture’ any less of an accomplishment if it’s beamed from Hollywood directly to a wall-sized screen in somebody’s home instead of being hauled in cans to something called [...]

  • Miss Americana Taylor Swift

    17 Buzziest Movies at Sundance, From Taylor Swift to Gloria Steinem

    Sundance Film Festival isn’t just a market for independent movies and a place to discover new talent — it’s also a barometer of current moods. In 2020, an election year, it’s not always easy to separate politics from art — and maybe it shouldn’t be, not at Sundance. Hillary Clinton will visit Park City to [...]

  • Emma Tillinger Koskoff

    'Irishman' Producer on Mega-Production Schedule: 'It Was Pretty Insane'

    The numbers for “The Irishman” are staggering: 108 shooting days, 117 locations, 319 scenes, 160 actors, in a story spanning 50 years. “I must say, it was no small feat,” laughs Emma Tillinger Koskoff, who is Oscar-nominated for the film, as well as for “Joker.” “Irishman” is the story of Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) [...]

  • Richard Curtis

    Wealthy Celebrities Call For Higher Taxes in Open Letter From World Economic Forum

    A group of wealthy celebrities and business people have signed an open letter calling on fellow billionaires and millionaires around the globe to support tax increases in an effort to alleviate growing economic disparity. Released on Thursday to coincide with the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the letter states: “There are two kinds of [...]

  • Bombshell Movie

    Filmmakers Work to Reframe the 'Male Gaze'

    In the opening shot of Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation” (2003), Scarlett Johansson is lying on a bed, back to the camera, shown in partial view, wearing underpants. In Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner 2049” (2017) a banged-up Ryan Gosling stares up at a bone-thin, enormous nude projection of a woman. More recently, Jay Roach’s “Bombshell” [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content