Diego Marcon – The Parents’ Room [2020-2021]

The Parents’ Room is a film by Diego Marcon.

 

The project, in 2020 and 2021, involves the production of the film The Parents’ Room, a series of screenings across Europe and the publication of Diego Marcon’s first monograph. Following the project’s completion, The Parents’ Room will become part of Madre – museo d’arte contemporanea Donnaregina’s permanent collection. The film is part of Marcon’s research aimed at investigating the representation of reality through the destructuring of the cinematographic language and its most popular and codified genres.

 

See 2021 screenings and exhibitions

 

The Parents’ Room
A film by Diego Marcon
Produced by: Jacqui Davies
Producer: Camilla Romeo
Original Score: Federico Chiari
Production & Prosthetics Design: Lorenzo Cianchi
Cinematography: Pierluigi Laffi
Animation & Compositing: Diego Zuelli

 

See synopsis and full film credits

 

Co-produced by INCURVA and Fondazione Donnaregina per le arti contemporanee – Museo Madre (Naples), the project is supported by the Italian Council (7th Edition, 2019), a program by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Culture that promotes Italian contemporary art in the world.

The film is produced in partnership with Primitive Film and the support of FIDLab International co-production platform.

 

In partnership with Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; FID International Film Festival, Marseille.

 

Special Thanks
ERMES ERMES, Rome-Vienna; Fondazione In Between Art Film, Rome; Fondazione Memmo, Rome; and Gasworks, London.

 

Press: Sam Talbot (www.sam-talbot.com)

The Parents’ Room

In a bedroom, perched on the edge of an unmade bed, a man looks out a window at the falling snow. A blackbird settles on the windowsill and strikes up a melody. The man begins to sing the murders of his wife and two little children as well as his own suicide. One by one, his son and daughter appear, and his wife turns, each singing a verse of their own.

 

A film by Diego Marcon
Produced by: Jacqui Davies
Producer: Camilla Romeo
Original Score: Federico Chiari
Production & Prosthetics Design: Lorenzo Cianchi
Cinematography: Pierluigi Laffi
Animation & Compositing: Diego Zuelli

 

Performers: Massimiliano Balduzzi; Beatrice Giavarini; Huey Lockwood; Chiara Serangeli

Camera Assistant: Gaia Ferme
Grip: Massimo Pozzoli
Gaffer: Paolo Pastaccini
Prosthetics: Jennifer Drew, FX Maximal
Wigs: Audello Teatro Srl
Makeup Effects: Carlo Diamantini
Makeup Effects Assistant: Mauro Fabriczky
Additional Special Effects: Fabrizio Lorenzelli
Costumes & Decor: Alma Libera Uggeri
Set Construction: Francesco Casamonti
Set Dresser: Valentina Bigaran
Artist Assistant: Giulia Guidi
Finance & Accounting: Emanuela Pigliacelli
Production Service: Giulia Fiore, Altamarea Film Srl
Location: Tenuta di Sticciano
Equipment: Movie People Spa
Transportation: Autonoleggio Biglioli Srl
Safety & Health: Sicurezza Lavoro Sala
Film Processing Laboratory: Kodak Film Lab London
Color Grading: Herbert Posch, Vidéo de Poche
Mixing Engineer: Lorenzo Dal Ri
Online Editing: Iggy Post Milano
Backstage Photography: Erola Arcalìs; Chiara Fossati; Ilaria Orsini; Lilia Stroject

 

SOUNDTRACK

 

The Parents’ Room Theme
Composed by Federico Chiari
Arranged by Luca Missiti
Lyrics: Diego Marcon
English Language Consultants: Ben Bazalgette; Johanna Bishop

Vocals
The father: Tom Rust
The mother: Claudia Tellini
The children: Trinity Boys Choir
The blackbird: Cleo Fariselli

Ensemble
Double Bass: Emiliano Amadori
Trombone: Andrea Andreoli
Flugelhorn: Alessandro Bottachiari
Bassoon: Caterina Carrier
Tuba: Matteo Magli
Flugelhorn: Daniele Moretto
Horn: Daniele Navone
Flute: Carlo Nicita
Bass Clarinet: Giancarlo Porro
Oboe: Alessandro Rauli
Harp: Elisa Sargenti
Clarinet: Gilberto Tarocco

Recorded at Ishtar, Milano
Vocals recorded at Trinity School of Music, London
Sound Mix: Marti Jane Robertson

 

Blackie’s Song (screening version)
Composed by Federico Chiari
Lyrics: Federico Chiari; Diego Marcon
English Language Consultant: Ben Bazalgette

Performed by Freddie Jemison

Recorded at Trinity School of Music, London

 

PRODUCTION

Produced by INCURVA; Museo MADRE – Fondazione Donnaregina per le arti contemporanee, Primitive Film. With the support of FIDLab – International Coproduction Platform

 

Supported by the Italian Council (7th Edition, 2019), a program by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Culture that promotes Italian contemporary art in the world.

 

SPECIAL THANKS
ERMES ERMES, Rome-Vienna; Fondazione In Between Art Film, Rome; Fondazione Memmo, Rome; and Gasworks, London.

Events and screenings
The Parents’ Room will be presented in 2021:

• July 7-17: Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes, France (Premiere)

• July 19-25: FIDMarseille 2021, Marseille, France (Screening)

• September 16 – November 8 2021: Madre Musem, Naples, Italy (Solo Exhibition) Curated by Eva Fabbris and Andrea Viliani. More info

• October 9 2021: Cinema King, Trapani, Italy (Site specific installation and artist talk)

• November 2021: Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands (Screening and talk with the artist)

Three Works
Three Works, the artist’s first monograph published by Lenz Press in 2021, comprising of a complete index of Marcon’s works alongside texts by Andréa Picard, Yann Chateigné-Tytelman and Eva Fabbris, and an interview with Federico Chiari, sound designer and composer of Marcon’s film scores. The artist’s working process is illustrated with the use of film frames, video stills, installation views and images. The book is edited by curator and art historian Eva Fabbris, currently Exhibition Curator at Fondazione Prada.

Get your copy of the book on Lenz Press

The Parents’ Room is a project by Diego Marcon presented by INCURVA and one of the winners of the 7th edition of the Italian Council call promoted by the Directorate General for Contemporary Creativity of of MiBACT. The project, in 2020, entails the production of the movie The Parents’ Room, that will become part of Madre – museo d’arte contemporanea Donnaregina’s permanent collection. The film is part of Marcon’s research aimed at investigating the representation of reality through the destructuring of the cinematographic language and its most popular and codified genres. More info

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