Alice Rohrwacher and Nanni Moretti at Cannes: “The cinema audience is getting smaller and smaller”
Alice Rohrwacher And Nanni MorettiItalians in competition at Cannes Film Festival 2023 (with Mark Bellocchio), took the opportunity of the important stage they got on to talk about the situation of cinemas in Italy.
While Italy has always been a pit stop for Hollywood, it has never been as vibrant a market as the UK, Germany or France. Even more so in the summer, when historically the cities where the cinemas are located empty and people go to the beach.
Coming out of the pandemic, there has been a significant closure of movie theater windows and own theaters; in fact 500 cinemas were lost in 2022 two years after the closure of 3.6 thousand cinemas. The box office last year totaled $328 million with 44.5 million admissions, close to a 50% drop from 2017-2019 levels.
During an interview with Deadlines, Alice Rohrwacher And Nanni Moretti they talked about the state of Italian cinema. Just ne The Sun of the FutureMoretti criticizes Netflix and the algorithmic formula of all platforms. Alice Rohrwacher presents instead The Chimera.
Moretti feels the pain personally: “I have owned a cinema for 32 years and I know very well that the public is less and less present in the hall”and yet, despite the bad news, Moretti believes that cinema does “It will keep intact. It’s power, it’s energy, it’s strength.” “In my opinion (streaming) platforms are good for series, but movies are good for cinema”, adds Moretti.
“We are in a time where the viewer is okay with being alone rather than with other people after this pandemic,” reflects Rohrwacher. “(For) people, it is much better to see (a) film in a collective experience. I make films because I trust collective experience. Maybe this is the main reason I make a film. As part of the audience, not as a director, it’s very important for me to go to a place, with people I don’t know and all watch the same story together and feel this point of view on this story all together, and exchange feelings with people .” “Cinema brings people together”. concludes Alice Rohrwacher.