Nicolas Winding Refnat Fondazione Prada

“A cinematic journey through the rare and the unknown.”
The February film program.

Fondazione Prada presents the February film program, which includes a new collaboration with Netflix and the presentation of the fourth series of “Subjective” curated by Nicolas Winding Refn and byNWR, is a cinematic journey through the rare and the unknown.

“As the entertainment industry implodes, we embrace the digital revolution. I believe that ‘gratuitousness’ is the future of entertainment and that the key to that future is our past. Free is the way to get around the system and the established order. I don’t want to destroy but to inspire.” Nicolas Winding Refn

The selection of byNWR films for the Fondazione Prada includes 13 forgotten American films from the 1960s and 1970s (from drive-in films to unobtainable avant-garde cinema, from horror and gothic films to musicals, from “nudie cuties” films to religious and propaganda films), divided into 4 volumes. The first volume, entitled “Regional Renegades”, includes The Nest of The Cuckoo Birds (1965) by Bert Williams, Hot Thrills and Warm Chills (1967) by Dale Berry and Shanty Tramp (1967) by Joseph P. Mawra. Volume 2 “Missing Links” includes Night Tide (1961) by Curtis Harrington, If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do? (1972) by Ron Ormond, The Burning Hell (1974) by Ron Ormond and Spring Night, Summer Night (1967) by Joseph L. Anderson. Volume 3 “Hillbillies, Hustlers, and Fallen Idols” features Cottonpickin’ Chickenpickers (1967) by Larry E. Jackson, Wild Guitar (1962) by Ray Dennis Steckler and House on Bare Mountain (1962) by Lee Frost. Volume 4 “Smell of Female” includes Chained Girls (1965) by Joseph P. Mawra, Satan in High Heels (1962) by Jerald Intrator and Maidens of Fetish Street (1966) by Saul Resnick. All films have been carefully restored by Peter Conheim, byNWR’s archivist, to 4K from the original negatives or only existing prints.

A new collaboration with Netflix: special projections by Velvet Buzzsaw and High Flying Bird enrich the “Investigation” section.In February Fondazione Prada will collaborate with Netflix for the exclusive presentation of two new films produced by the online streaming platform: Dan Gilroy’s Velvet Buzzsaw on Saturday 2 and 9 February and Steven Soderbergh’s High Flying Bird on Saturday 16 and 23 February. This new element enriches the Fondazione Prada’s film offering, giving its audience a special opportunity to see two films selected for their artistic relevance.
Velvet Buzzsaw, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, is a thriller set in the contemporary art world of Los Angeles. Suspense Master Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler) brought together a cast of famous actors (Jake Gyllenhaal, John Malkovich and Billy Magnussen) for a disturbing, entertaining and terribly accurate parody of the art world.
High Flying Bird, premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival, is directed by Oscar-winning Steven Soderbergh (Traffic), based on the screenplay by Moonlight Oscar-winning Tarell Alvin McCraney. Set in the professional world of basketball, the film features a cast of stars such as Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Sonja Sohn, Zachary Quinto, Kyle MacLachlan and Bill Duke, plus NBA players such as Reggie Jackson, Karl-Anthony Towns and Donovan Mitchell. Shot entirely on the iPhone, Soderbergh’s film represents a technological challenge to the traditional way of making a film.