All About Italy (USA) - - Editorial - Sveva Riva

The only movie the­ater where the film is not pro­jected in a closed room, but in an open-air spec­ta­cle of­fered by na­ture on a bound­less screen, is in Ver­ano, in the Trentino Alto-adige; the mov­ing im­ages sweep over the Tessa Moun­tains, part of the UNESCO World Pat­ri­mony of the Dolomites, in the frame­work of the breath­tak­ing panorama of the Adige Val­ley in north­east Italy.

This orig­i­nal movie house in na­ture is called the Knot­tnk­ino, and the “pro­jec­tion room” is a ter­race with 30 seats in ch­est­nut and steel cre­ated by the artist Franz Mess­ner in 2000, sit­u­ated on the rocky spur at the top of Mount Zoc­colo, 4800 feet in al­ti­tude above Mer­ano: “Knottn” in lo­cal di­alect means rock, and “Kino” is Ger­man for cin­ema. The film shown to the spec­ta­tors fol­lows the spec­tac­u­lar script pro­vided by na­ture in a suc­ces­sion of scenes that con­stantly vary ac­cord­ing to the time of day, the sea­son, the at­mo­spheric con­di­tions, and the in­ten­sity and tonal­ity of the light: con­di­tions which of­fer con­stantly new and sug­ges­tive panora­mas.

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