143 minutes, Italy
Optional: As part of our Summer Film School,
participate in Steven Jacobs’ 90-minute lecture on the film, at LantarenVenster.
L’Avventura is the first part of Antonioni’s modernist trilogy exploring moralistic boundaries and alienation. The second part of this series, La Notte, can also be seen during the Roffa Mon Amour Summer Film School.
Anna (Lea Massari) mysteriously disappears during a cruise vacation with her friends. Her fiancé Sandro (Gabriele Ferzetti) and best friend Claudia (Monica Vitti) start a search. But the priority of finding Anna settles more and more to the background, when the two fall in love with each other.
L’Avventura was way ahead of its time and is seen by critics as one of the best films ever made. In its release year, the film won the Prix du Jury in Cannes, despite the dramatic premiere at the same festival. The audience laughed, shouted and screamed during the long sequences after which Antonioni and Vitti fled the theatre.
The film brought renewal to the language of cinema and is best known for the unusually slow pace that gives visual composition, atmosphere and meaning to the characters contrasting the traditional narrative development.