ROME, 14 JAN – His Dante moved 1,000 students of Civitanova just yesterday in one of the dozens of school screenings with which Pupi Avati’s film extends its life beyond the screening in the hall. The director, who documented himself for months becoming even more than ever a great fan of the Supreme Poet, when asked about the declarations of the Minister of Culture Gennaro Sangiuliano judges the release, “let it be said without any controversy, a little pretext. In the sense that the value of Dante, the reason why he has survived to this day and beyond today is his poetic excess, immense, mysterious, certainly not his political position ”. Avati reflects and adds: “it is anachronistic, given that we are talking about 700 years ago and of a completely different context. Not his political position nor his omniscience made him immortal, considering the medieval times, nor the use of the vernacular, but rather the vernacular applied to such a vast poetic work. In the film, with Sergio Castellitto-Boccaccio and Alessandro Sperduti-Dante, “I kept well away from attributing a political position to him. Some Dante scholars have analyzed him for his choices, but Dante ‘set up on his own’, disgusted by everything and the worst period of his life to which he attributes his misfortunes were the two months in which he was prior ‘going down’ in politics ”. “If I think of Dante – adds Avati – and ideology the right would never come to mind but let’s say to be honest that Dante’s vision of things in the world is totally inapplicable to today, with a really different world”. (HANDLE).
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