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‘The Last Supper. The Living Tableau.’ A short film to be shown in the Frasassi Caves from 10 to 18 April  

Wednesday, 13 April 2022 13:41

"The Last Supper. The Living Tableau ", a short film by the director and creator Armondo Linus Acosta, inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece The Last Supper," will be screened from 10 to 18 April in the exceptional setting of the Frasassi Caves.  Three Oscar-winning masters of world cinema have collaborated on the work: director of photography Vittorio Storaro, scenographer Dante Ferretti, and set designer Francesca Lo Schiavo.

A nine-minute film of Da Vinci’s famous painting

In the nine minutes of the short film, in a single slow-motion shot Da Vinci’s famous  painting comes to life. The apostles are revealed slowly, seated at the table. In the centre, Jesus stands out, blessing the bread and wine as he announces the betrayal by one of his followers. There is meticulous attention to every detail, which has been faithfully reconstructed and highlighted by the lighting.  

“The caves are the perfect place for the screening”

Linus Acosta, an internationally renowned American director, explains: “The premise of believing in God is an ancient and eternal human reality. Being able to project the quality of this meaning into a place that is primordial and dates back to when the world was created by God is absolute harmony. I felt it when I entered the Caves. You can simply feel that it is the perfect place for the screening.."

“We had to make the painting come alive”

Vittorio Storaro adds: "Leonardo puts Jesus at the centre of the scene because he wants to symbolise that Jesus is God who becomes man, and this man is the centre of the world, of the universe". Francesca Lo Schiavo continues: “We go inside the painting, inside the soul of the apostles and we witness the miracle of Jesus. I believe that this affects everything. I was very touched by the idea of participating in this project ". Dante Ferretti was also enthusiastic: "It all started when Armondo called me to Rome and asked me to reconstruct Leonardo's Last Supper.  We had to make the painting come alive, with real characters that move. It seemed very interesting, and I immediately said yes.”

The Frasassi Caves are magnificent and fascinating

The Frasassi Caves are one of the most magnificent and fascinating subterranean areas in the world, a place where it is possible to explore the past, and discover the history of the evolution of life on the planet.

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