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We do not thirst after scenography The long story of Alvar Aalto's church in Riola

The church of Riola di Vergato, in the Bologna area, is the only Italian work by Alvar Aalto, one of the great masters of modernist architecture. Unexplainably, the church remained virtually unknown to the public for forty years, and even many architecture insiders ignored its existence. The documentary rediscovers this unique project and tells the interesting story that lead to its construction, through the investigations of a little boy fascinated by the building, which was commissioned and planned in 1965, but only completed and unveiled thirteen years later, on June 17, 1978, forty years ago this year. Interviews with architects, key figures and residents piece together the story set off by Cardinal Giacomo Lercaro, who first recognised in the architectural language of the Finnish master the ability to embody the new orientation taken by the Second Vatican Council in terms of religious architecture, encapsulated in the statement: we do not thirst after scenography!

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  • Roberto Ronchi
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  • Andrea Gastaldello
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  • Antonio Ciacca
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    1 hour 3 minutes
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    September 1, 2018
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    Finland, Italy
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  • Milano Design Film Festival
  • Lund Architecture Film Festival
  • Ark Rex Architecture Film Festival
Director Biography - Roberto Ronchi, Mara Corradi

Mara Corradi
Architecture and design reporter, Mara Corradi has published research and studies in design. She has been in charge of archiving, conservation and enhancement projects for the Kartell Museum and for Michele De Lucchi, whose publications and solo shows she has overseen for ten years. She has been co-curator of events at FAB Architectural Bureau in Milan. She now provides commentary and criticism for the Floornature portal and makes architecture documentaries with Roberto Ronchi.

Roberto Ronchi
Cameraman and director. Started his career in media production as video-maker
in 1999, rapidly grown to major Italian and European broadcast networks.
He had a wide experience in the production of news coverage, documentaries and
entertainment. He joined the troupe of the last two editions of the road expedition movie "Overland", broadcasted worldwide trough RAI INTERNATIONAL.

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