The documentary film “The painter of the two worlds” by Lorenzo Borghini, Florentine director born in 1988, an intimate journey into the universe of one of the greatest Italian artists of the twentieth century, Luca Alinari (Florence, 1943-2019), will be screened in Italian premiere Wednesday 18 January, at 9 pm, at the La Compagnia cinema in Florence (via Cavour 50/r; admission €6 full, €5 reduced). In the hall will be present the director, the screenwriter Viktoria Charkina, the art historian Cristina Acidini, the president of the Tuscany Region Eugenio Giani, the film critic Luigi Nepi, introduced by the journalist Fabrizio Borghini. The film will also be screened at La Compagnia on Thursday 19 January at 5 pm and Friday 20 January at 3 pm (to purchase tickets from the link In addition, the documentary will be screened in various cinemas in Italy and in Tuscany in Grosseto, Empoli, Sesto Fiorentino and Lawn.
Through various sources such as videos created by the artist, interviews, direct testimonies of family, friends, art historians and representatives of various institutions, Borghini’s documentary makes its way along the artistic and existential path of the Florentine painter. His experimentation with pictorial genres and languages allows him to bring to light a fresco that ranges from the Pop Art of domestic environments to imaginative interior landscapes, ending up in more conceptual art towards the end of his life, helping to reveal, through the his works, the most hidden aspects of his personality.
“I knew Luca Alinari since I was a child – explains the director -. He was a close friend of my father and I was often taken to his exhibitions, which left me speechless: I loved his style. Then as an adult we bonded even more: my wife, an art historian, was the first in Italy to want to do a thesis on him. Shortly before his death Luca was interviewed by my wife (the critic Viktoria Charkina, ed) to write a master’s degree thesis on his work. With Luca we bonded not only a long friendship, but also a passion for cinema: he loved Truffaut and Bergman. Unfortunately, Luca will not be able to attend the discussion. He had been battling an illness for more than ten years. From that knowledge, Viktoria wrote a book: Luca Alinari. The artist of the imaginative. The success of the volume convinced me to hire her as a screenwriter to make the documentary. The family has made available to us about 100 edited and unedited videos created by Luca with the collaboration of his friend Pino Pini and, with our crew, we interviewed many Tuscan personalities who knew him. Luca was a loner, he lived in a Medici villa in Mitigliano, near Rignano sull’Arno, which is not even present on Google Maps… A timeless place, almost an Alinarian landscape… Yet when he was among people he had a liking and a magnetic charisma. From an initial atheism, in the last phase of his life Alinari developed an ever greater relationship with spirituality, a change that I wanted to highlight in the documentary also thanks to photography and music to create a vivid portrait of Luca’s inner world”.
Biography Lorenzo Borghini
Florentine, born in 1988. During his university studies he made his first short film Riflessi at the age of 21. In 2011, he attended the 16th Busan International Film Festival as accredited to write a thesis on contemporary Korean cinema. In 2012, after a two-year apprenticeship at the Metropoli newspaper, he became a freelance journalist. In April 2013 he graduated from the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy of Florence, address Dams. He has been co-founder and Artistic Director of the Florence Short Film Festival since October 2014. In July 2014 he made his second short film L’attesa. He participates “in competition” at the 65th edition of the Montecatini International Short Film Festival, winning the Honorable Mention. In June 2015 he made his third short film In vino veritas. He participates “in competition” at the BlackBird Film Fest 2015, at the Queen City Film Festival 2015 in Hollywood and at other international festivals. In December 2017, his first book, Diary of a Sentimental Traveller, was released: China between lights and shadows, with a preface by Umberto Cecchi. In March 2019 his fourth short film Scorze di luce was released and was selected in competition at 17 international festivals. In 2020 he shot Strade interrotte, a road safety awareness documentary narrated by the actor Maurizio Lombardi. Selected “in competition” at 15 festivals and winner of 4 prizes, the documentary was released in cinemas on 24 March 2022. In 2021 he filmed The painter of the two worlds, a documentary on the Florentine artist Luca Alinari, to be released on 18 January 2023. In 2022 he shoots Doppio passo, his first work as a director, starring Giulio Beranek, Valeria Bilello and Giordano De Plano to be released in 2023.
“The painter of two worlds”: the story of the Florentine artist Luca Alinari comes to life in a documentary