The documentary “Io e la porta magica. Alla scoperta dell’architettura italiana a Bangkok” (The magic door and I. Discovering Italian architecture in Bangkok), dedicated to the works of the many Italian architects, engineers and artists who worked in Siam from 1868 to 1930, filmed and produced by the Italian Embassy, with the help of the Thai-Italian Chamber of Commerce, will be shown at the Venice Film Festival, after its screenings in a number of prestigious venues in Thailand’s capital.
As was done for the presentations in Bangkok, the screening, due on 6 September, will be accompanied by a debate with film director Marco Gatti, scriptwriter Francesca Andreini and the project’s scientific advisor, Neungreudee Lohapon of the University of Chulalongkorn. The initiative is the prelude to “Focus Thailand”, to be held at the Venice Film Festival in September 2023.
The screening will also offer Italy and Thailand the opportunity to hold a meeting and focus on their cultural relations and on possible collaborations in the cinema industry. The meeting, to be held at the Italian pavilion in the Hotel Excelsior, will be attended by the Italian Ambassador in Bangkok, Lorenzo Galanti, and, representing Thailand, the Deputy Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the Head of the Milan office of the Ministry of Commerce and, via video conference from Bangkok, two Thai film studios.
The promotion of the documentary in Italy will continue on 8 September in Turin, where – in collaboration with the National Cinema Museum – it will be screened at the Cinema Massimo. The screening will be followed by a debate with the same panel present in Venice. Indeed, many of the architects the film mentions came from Turin, specifically from the Accademia Albertina.
Finally, the 50 DVD copies of the film (with Italian, Thai or English subtitles), will be distributed to all the institutions that took part in its production, starting from Thailand’s Ministry of Culture, which sponsored the project, and the newly elected Governor of Bangkok. A special box set of the DVD was also sent, as a gift, to King Rama X on the occasion of his recent farewell audience.