MoMA Presents

Yuri Ancarani’s Atlantide

Mar 21–27, 2022


Atlantide. 2021. Italy/France/ United States/Qatar. Directed by Yuri Ancarani
  • MoMA, Floor T2/T1 The Debra and Leon Black Family Film Center

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Italian filmmaker and video artist Yuri Ancarani returns to MoMA with the premiere run of his latest feature. Following a real-life group of Venetian youths over several years, Atlantide spins a tale of a sinking city—as implied by the title—into a stylish teen film. Daniele and his friends, pleasure-seeking and rough-and-tumble, live on the water and chase the adrenaline of racing tricked-out motorboats. But behind this excess lies the too-somber reality of a generation disconnected from its own future. Venice—an oft-photographed city seen here as never before—embodies this aimless drift and offers a hypnotic, nihilistic trip through watery dreamscapes and nightmares. If the film is a metaphor for the troubled state of masculinity or socio-environmental collapse, it also unravels as a collision course that drags its subjects and their “ghost city along on a psychedelic shipwreck” (Ancarani).

On March 24, the screening of Atlantide will be followed by a conversation with the filmmaker. Ancarani also presents an evening of short films as part of Modern Mondays to be scheduled.

Organized by Sophie Cavoulacos, Associate Curator, Department of Film.

  • This film series is part of MoMA Presents.
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