SALÒ O LE 120 GIORNATE DI SODOMA (Salò or the 120 Days of Sodom)
Restored edition by the Cineteca di Bologna and CSC – Cineteca Nazionale, in collaboration with Alberto Grimaldi, at the L’Immagine Ritrovata lab
The film will be preceeded by: Pier Paolo Pasolini. L’intervista sotto l’albero (The interview under the tree) by Gideon Bachmann (1975, 9’)
Pasolini’s last film, released after his death, was defined by the author as a “Medieval mystery”. What Pasolini meant to say is that every sequence, every act, every moment of the film alludes to another (the present, the degradation of Italy, marred by television and development without progress) just as in the medieval Mysteries where every “painting” represented evokes another. Salò assaults the viewer, plunging him into a nightmare without mercy with no way of salvation, where the rituals of perversion and violence surreptitiously refer to the present. Winner of the Lion for Best restored film at the 72nd Venice Film Festival.
The film is part of 2015 Più moderno di ogni moderno. Pasolini a Bologna: a special project by the Comune di Bologna and the Fondazione Cineteca dedicated to the work and intellectual figure of Pier Paolo Pasolini, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of his death.