Opera as you have never seen before
ITALY / 2014 / 90 MIN
“Skilfully balanced between on-stage and off-stage, private life and public exhibition, and between sacred representation and profane entertainment, MAGICARENA reveals the Opera secrets, as you have never seen before.”
After 2000 years of history, the Arena of Verona is celebrating the Centenary of its Opera Festival with Verdi’s AIDA by La Fura dels Baus. From rehearsals to the opening night, we follow the workers and artists who created the most famous operatic festival in the world.
The background actress Marja, a student of molecular biology. Filippo, the tireless Directors’ Assistant, with a passion for bel canto. The mime Marjolaine and Massimo, the trumpet player. Chief propman Marco, a failed singer. The veteran atmosphere actor Federico and the young Nadine, at her first role in the Choir. All of them are normal people, yet extraordinary at the same time; each of them with a personal, impassioned bond with an extremely demanding mistress: the Verona Arena.
Our protagonists’ lives are messed up by the preparation of a new Verdi’s Aida, in its III Millennium version, directed by the Spanish vanguard masters: the La Fura dels Baus. Such a mixture of innovation and tradition will have a huge impact, both on them and on the public.
Niccolò Bruna and Andrea Prandstraller
Agnese Fontana for Le Talee
in association with K+, Nicola Fedrigoni
Andrea Treccani and Massimo Moschin
Luca Gasparini, Alberto Masi
Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini
Available in Italian/English/Spanish/Catalan O.V., subtitles in English, Italian, French and Chinese
Watch it online on demand on Sky platform (italian).
Buy the DVD online on Amazon (italian o.v., english subtitles)
World Premiere – 36° Cairo International Film Festival – 2014
European Premiere – 28° FIPA Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels – Biarritz – 2015
Italian Premiere – BiFest – Bari International Film Festival – 2015
Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) – Panorama – 2015
US Premiere – MSPIFF Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival – 2015
US – Seattle International Film Festival – Seattle 2015
US – Milwaukee Film Festival – 2015
Russia – 14° Vladivostock International Film Festival – 2015
Canada – VIFF Vancouver International Film Festival – 2015
Italia – Festival Laceno d’oro – Avellino 2015
Cina – Gzdoc Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival – 2015
Canada – Victoria Film Festival – 2016