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.
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.