Milan Design Film Festival is coming to ACMI this May

Milan Design Film Festival is coming to ACMI this May

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In collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura (The Italian Cultural Institute), ACMI is hosting the Milan Design Film Festival from May 19-30.

Featuring a selection of films from the ninth edition of the Milan Design Festival, this season aims to spotlight architecture and design through its range of documentaries and shorts. Trends, masters, innovators and contemporary currents will be explored through the festival’s broad selection of 20 films.

Kicking off the festival will be an opening night screening of The Importance of Being an Architect, a film that follows partners in business and life Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel as they consider the ways that architecture shapes and improves people’s lives. Carlos Saura’s feature length documentary Renzo Piano: Architect of Light tracks the development of renowned architect Renzo Piano’s first project in Spain. Other titles in the program of 20 films include Disco Ruin, a definitive survey of Italian club culture, and Milano 20/21, an ambient exploration into the changes to Italy’s industrial north following the COVID-19 pandemic.

What you need to know

  • ACMI is hosting the Milan Design Film Festival in collaboration with The Italian Cultural Institute
  • It will broadcast 20 films that celebrate architecture and design
  • The festival will run from May 19 – 30

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“The 20 films selected to screen at the Milan Design Film Festival in Melbourne offer a broad vision of what is happening in architecture and design today,” explains Italian Cultural Institute Director Angelo Gioe. “The Italian Cultural Institute is delighted to collaborate with ACMI to present this festival in Australia for the first time, to create another cultural synergy between Italy and Australia.”

“ACMI is thrilled to be partnering with the Italian Institute of Culture, Melbourne, to co-present the inaugural edition of the Milan Design Film Festival in our cinemas at Federation Square,” said ACMI Film Curator, Roberta Ciabarra. “The Milano Design Film Festival has been an annual fixture on Italy’s design calendar since 2013 and we’re excited to bring a representative selection of films from the most recent – 2021 – and earlier editions of the festival to Melbourne … Buona visione, Melbourne!”

The Milan Design Film Festival Tickets are now on sale for the ACMI season. Tickets range from $12 – $18, with a three session pass being $33 – 45 and a six session pass being $66 – 84.

Book your tickets and check out the full program online here.