Renewable Matter # 18 / September-October

Micro and Macro

by Roberto Giovannini

It is common knowledge that cinema is tackling environmental issues more and more often because they are the focus of news and current affairs reports and because they conjure up mainly dark and alarming future scenarios. But the truth is – hoping that even the few who have not realized it come to see it – the 21st is literally the century of the environment. On the basis of this, culture and art, which by definition “see before” others society and thought trends, read and interpret the reality we live in. This preamble to talk about two films recently presented at the Venice Film Festival that, directly or indirectly, tackle environmental and sustainability issues.

Let us start with Mother!, the new film from visionary director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Noah) with Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer and Ed Harris. Undoubtedly, an imperfect movie, provoking unease and strong reactions in the viewer, that people can love or hate. It tells the story of a family: Javier Bardem, a writer looking for inspiration,...

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