Bot­ti­celli – In­ferno at Eden Cine­mas

Malta Independent - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

Dis­cover the dark side of the Re­nais­sance through the ‘9 cir­cles of Hell’, to re­veal the se­crets of the work of art in Bo­ti­celli’s In­ferno. Take a jour­ney to the un­der­world that has in­trigued so many peo­ple, in­clud­ing au­thor Dan Brown and film­maker Ron Howard. The ex­cit­ing doc­u­men­tary film will be shown ex­clu­sively at Eden Cine­mas on Sunday the 4th De­cem­ber at 7pm.

Even af­ter many cen­turies, Bot­ti­celli’s works con­tinue to en­gage and ex­cite. Ev­ery year his most fa­mous paint­ings draw thou­sands of vis­i­tors to mu­se­ums and ex­hi­bi­tions all over the world. How­ever one of his most in­ti­mate and mys­te­ri­ous draw­ings - per­haps one of the most sig­nif­i­cant if we are to achieve a deeper un­der­stand­ing of him – lay locked up for years in the cli­mate-con­trolled vaults of the Vat­i­can. This is the draw­ing that Bot­ti­celli ded­i­cated to Dante’s In­ferno, and which has now taken the lead­ing role in this orig­i­nal film.

Bot­ti­celli. In­ferno steals view­ers off into another world: a jour­ney to the un­der­world through the nine lev­els of Hell. Just as de­scribed in Dante’s In­ferno, only by trav­el­ling through Hell and Pur­ga­tory can we reach Par­adise and emerge “to see the stars once more”. Bot­ti­celli brought Dante’s de­scrip­tions to life in a to­tal of 102 metic­u­lous draw­ings. The cen­tre­piece of th­ese draw­ings is the “Map of Hell”: a kind of guide through hell with all its var­i­ous lev­els.

Writer and direc­tor Ralph Loop has cre­ated a film that proves to be a lav­ish jour­ney to places of­ten left un­ex­plored, and brings us much closer to Bot­ti­celli, both the man and the artist. Shot around Europe in ex­clu­sive lo­ca­tions such as the Uf­fizi Gallery in Florence, the Vat­i­can Li­brary, Lon­don, Berlin and Scot­land, the film re­veals the hidden sto­ries be­hind some works of art sur­pass­ing any best-sell­ing thriller. When you merge the style of one of the undis­puted masters of the Re­nais­sance, San­dro Bot­ti­celli, with the dark cir­cles of Hell in Dante’s In­ferno, the re­sult is an in­trigu­ing plot made up of deadly sins, de­tailed in­ves­ti­ga­tions, in­ac­ces­si­ble vaults, and seem­ingly un­solv­able enig­mas.

Through ad­vanced film­ing tech­nol­ogy and a high-pow­ered scanner used to digi­tise the ‘Map of Hell’, the film brings to light de­tails that had pre­vi­ously been in­vis­i­ble to the naked eye. With the stun­ning high def­i­ni­tion footage ex­clu­sively for the big screen, au­di­ences are taken on a jour­ney through the must-see doc­u­men­tary film.

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