I’m always making a list of the movies that I MUST watch. I accumulate lists of tons of movies that wish I had the time to watch during the winter, but when I finally find that only evening of the year that I’m free, the kids are away with the grandparents, and I finished all my priority works at the house, I realize it’s already summer and I don’t want to stay indoors!
To make a compromise with myself I started to follow the programs of AriAnteo, temporary open air theaters, that every year chooses a different location to project movies at the courtyards of historical palaces in Milan. One of the locations is the Conservatorio, one of the major institutions of music education in Italy and in Europe.
This year they asked their students to propose a musical program of concerts to be associated with the movie of the evening, so that everything is correlated. Before the concert starts they serve a glass of “spumante” to get you in the mood. The other locations are Palazzo Reale, which for centuries was the seat of the government of Milan, and today it’s home to the biggest art exhibition in the city, and The “Umanitaria” Society, a secular philanthropic institution founded in Milan in 1893. The building is a Franciscan convent from the 14th century, divided into four Renaissance cloisters and a priceless heritage hall of Frescoes. Just that is enough to make an ordinary evening a dive into the unusual.