Wednesday, 27 July 2022 16:16

Sergio Rubini at #Giffoni2022: “The actor must also help the invisibles to express themselves.”

Actor, screenwriter and director Sergio Rubini was hosted at the Giffoni Film Festival, generously talking about different topics related to the world of acting and his way of observing cinema and society. There was no lack of reflection on the theme of the invisibles after which #Giffoni2022 is named: "I return to the Giffoni Festival after so many years: the young jurors of that time must now be in their twenties. I happened to think about the theme of invisibility: sometimes, when an actor seeks visibility, it's not out of vanity, but to offer his idea on the world, to explore worlds. However, the invisibles, especially young people, should not be left out, but helped to express themselves and I want to listen to those young people, to understand them. I did not come here to Giffoni to teach, but to listen. We adults can be supportive with our experience because scrapping is not about taking old people out of the picture, but old ideas".

Rubini confirms himself as an actor who cares about traditional cinema without neglecting the new mass media: “Cinema is not in crisis, cinema is alive because every film and every author who writes wants to tell a story. Cinema is in crisis because the spaces of socialization are actually in crisis, but young people watch films anyway, they want them, they look for them, even on other platforms. Of course - he adds - such platforms need controlling. Online cinema must be a reflection of quality cinema, it must reflect truth and truthfulness, and sometimes truth online and on social networks is a little opaque.

Rubini is also confident in a return to a new humanism in which words will play once again an important role in relationships without turning phrases, concepts and thoughts into mere slogans. "It is also necessary - adds the actor - to go back to being able to tell our history, our culture. It is a pity that great films, great documentaries on our history are often narrated by foreigners. We must go back to producing wealth through culture. My region has recovered thanks to its remarkable cultural heritage. I am now addressing the Ministry of Culture: let us start producing wealth through our history again." In the afternoon, shortly before receiving a special award for the sensitivity with which he has recounted intense stories addressed to a heterogeneous audience, Rubini starts a conversation with the giffoners: “We need dreamers. Even the Giffoni Film Festival was envisioned, created and desired by a dreamer. Young people have to dream a new better world, also to achieve professional fulfilment in their own country – Rubini affirms in the Sala Truffaut – leaving the birthplace is a tragedy, especially in those countries where there’s no work. But I suggest making that journey, in order to be enriched and experiment, and then, possibly, go back”. Rubini, urged by the young giffoners, talks about cinema and his films: “There were film that I wish I would have perfected, as it’s normal in cinema. Sometimes, in a bad film, there is an interesting development. Cinema employs an imperfect literacy, this is the most important lesson that the great Master, Federico Fellini, gave me."