L'avventura. 1960. Italy/France. Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. Screenplay by Antonioni, Elio Bartolini, Tonino Guerra. With Gabriele Ferzetti, Monica Vitti, Lea Massari. 35mm. In Italian; English subtitles. 145 min.
Passionately booed at its Cannes premiere, L’avventura is today considered Antonioni’s greatest contribution to modernism, a film whose style cannot be divorced from its themes of alienation and despair. The story involves a woman who mysteriously disappears during a boating trip to Sicily, forcing her lover and her friend to reflect on their own tenuous connection to each other.
Ritorno a Lisca Bianca (Return to Lisca Bianca Island). 1983. Italy. Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. Screenplay by Antonioni. With Gabriele Ferzetti, Monica Vitti, Lea Massari. Digital projection. In Italian; English subtitles. 8 min.
After 23 years, Antonioni returned to the volcanic desolation of Lisca Bianca in the Lipari Islands, the place where Anna, the character played by Lea Massari, disappears in L’avventura.