Inside the Uffizi
Direction: Corinna Belz, Enrique Sanchez-Lansch
zero one film in Coproduction with ZDF/3sat, Bayerischer Rundfunk.
Funded by Der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, Filmförderungsanstalt, Film und Medien Stiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen and Deutscher Filmförderfonds..
The Uffizi Gallery in Florence, one of the world’s oldest museums, is an icon of Italian culture for all time. The film ‘Inside the Uffizi’ invites us into this extraordinary world, where centuries-old masterworks of art are in constant interaction with the individuals who study, restore, protect, elucidate and enjoy them on a daily basis. The German Director Eike Schmidt, his assistant Alberica Barbolani da Montauto, the head of the vast historic library, staff architects, custodians and the concierge: all are passionately identified with their role in this legendary bastion of cultural heritage, where nothing is ever really mundane and every task is a ritual. The closing rounds with a massive clanking key ring; the various layers of wall paint for the new Venetian collection display…
The film takes us to the engine room of museum operations. Though not without conflict and elbow grease, a work climate of respectful familiarity prevails. We witness sensitive negotiations between the Uffizi team and British artist Antony Gormley over the placement of his contemporary sculpture in the gallery dating back to 1581. Different mentalities and viewpoints collide – European cooperation “en miniature”.
Meanwhile we return to the artworks, to immerse ourselves in the Caravaggio cosmos, in Leonardo’s unfinished ‘Adoration of the Magi’, in the ‘Study of the Fall of the Rebel Angles’, an astonishingly modern 17th century painting by Andrea Commodi , that confronts us with our own vulnerability and hubris.
In light of the ravages of history – scenes of the museum in wartime and a Mafia bomb attack in 1993 – the film shows that the staff members, including the director, feel themselves privileged to spend a certain limited period of time protecting and maintaining the singular venue and its art collection for posterity. Every picture in the Uffizi breathes the spirit of the ages, and Venus always has the last word.
Written and directed by Corinna Belz and Enrique Sánchez Lansch
Editing Anne Fabini
Music: Julian Maas und Christoph Kaiser
DoP: Johann Feindt, Thomas Riedelsheimer
Sound: Andreas Hildebrandt, Filipp Forberg
Production Manager: Anne-Claire Martin, Conny Ziller
Line Producer: Tassilo Aschauer
Commissioning Editor: Nicole Baum (3sat), Matthias Leybrandt (br)
Producer: Thomas Kufus