Riding Through Time
Synopsis: Single screen version of the multivision program created for the exhibition “A Cavallo del Tempo” (Riding through the Time) set at the Boboli Garden in Florence, Italy, (June 26 – October 14, 2018) for the Uffizi Gallery, curated by Lorenza Camin and Fabrizio Paolucci, about the art of horse riding from Antiquity to the Middle Ages.
The program was made by 3 synchronized films of about 25X5 meters, featuring original footage and high resolution pictures of the works of art on display.
Gianmarco D’Agostino was born in Arezzo in 1977 and graduated in Cinema History and Critical Analysis at the University of Florence.
After several years as editor and assistant director for cinema and tv productions, in 2002 he started writing, directing and producing short films, documentaries and promotional campaigns, commissioned by public institutions and bank foundations.
For the Fondazione CR Firenze he curated seven exhibitions, telling the provinces of Florence and Arezzo with interviews, documentaries, aerial cinematography and short movies, including La Fuga (The Escape), written with the novelist Marco Vichi.
For the Banca di Credito Cooperativo di Cambiano he directed four art documentaries hosted by Antonio Paolucci, former director of the Vatican Museums, among which is Il Tempo di Michelangelo (Michelangelo’s Times) about the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican and the Medici family chapels in the Church of San Lorenzo, Florence.
Very interested in social issues, he has worked in projects about several topics: safety at work, HIV prevention, dyslexia, energy saving, development aid, detention. With prisoners in the jails of Florence and Ferrara he curated a storytelling project for a year, some of whom became the main characters of the documentary Oggi voglio parlare (Today I want to Talk), produced by Regione Toscana.
In 2015 he founded his production company Advaita Film Srl, and produced a multimedia package displayed at the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore Museum, Florence, curated by Mons. Timothy Verdon, among which is La Volta del Cielo (The Vault of Heaven), a documentary about Brunelleschi and the Cupola of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral.
In 2017 Advaita Film Srl produced for the Fondazione CR Firenze, the documentary and the advertising La nostra Storia parla di Futuro (Our History Talks about the Future), to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Foundation.
In 2018 Advaita Film Srl produced the documentary Tutto il Mondo, Piano Piano (The Whole World, One Step at a Time) and the advertising Portiamo la Scuola dove non c’è! (Bringing Schools to Where There Are None!) for the NGOs Il Filodijuta and Pang’ono Pang’ono, that are bringing schools, health care and clean water to the South of Bangladesh. The advertising has been selected to more than 30 international film festivals, winning several awards.
For the Gallerie degli Uffizi, Gianmarco created, produced and directed the multi-vision A Cavallo del Tempo (Riding through the Time), for the exhibition set up at the Boboli Garden in Florence: 300 square meters of screening about the art of horse riding, from antiquity to the Middle Ages. This video art has been awarded as “Most Original Film” and “Best Global Film” at the Equus International Film Festival in Montana, USA, which is the most important festival in the world about horses.
Currently Gianmarco is finishing the research for the documentary Florence, the Consul and Me, that will tell the story of the director’s quest on the trails of Gerhard Wolf, the German consul in Florence during WWII who risked his life to save Florence from Nazi fury. Co-produced by the German production company KickFilm, the film was admitted to ARCHIDOC (Paris) and DRAGON FORUM (Krakow) workshops, and selected for several pitching forums. The project has been granted with the Development Fund by Creative Europe and the Production Fund by Toscana Film Commission.
About this story Gianmarco published the short tale L’Album di Fotografie (The Photograph Album) in the anthology Scritto nella Memoria (Written in the Memory – Ed. Guanda, 2016), curated by Marco Vichi.
Research for this film has brought Gianmarco to Israel, where he directed for the Jerusalem Opera the video-art elements used to stage a performance of Don Giovanni by Mozart, in October 2013 at the Tower of David in Jerusalem.
The documentary Camminando sull’acqua (Walking on Water), about the tragic events of November 4th, 1966 when a flood devastated Florence, with outstanding and unreleased colour footage, is his first independent film. The film has been selected to more than 40 international film festivals, winning several awards, including Best Director, Best Documentary and Audience Choice Award.