France/Italy/Germany 1995 Color 35mm 113minutes
Michelangelo Antonioni
Associate Director
Wim Wenders
Michelangelo Antonioni, Tonino Guerra, Wim Wenders
Robby Miller
Lucio Dalla, Van Morrison, Laurent Petitgang, U2
Fanny Ardant, Irene Jacob, John Malkovich, Sophie Marceau, Marcello Mastroianni, Jeanne Moreau, Vincent Perez, Jean Reno, Peter Weller


Al di la Delle Nuvole

Al di la Delle Nuvole

Al di la Delle Nuvole

Al di la Delle Nuvole

Ai di la Delle Nuvole
(Beyond the Clouds)

Marking his first feature in 13 years after a stroke in 1995 left him practically unable to write or speak, Beyong the Clouds could well be the most intimate, personal film Antonioni had made.

The film is based on four short stories from Antonioni's book That Blowing Alley on the Tiber River. The first episode, Chronicle of a Love that Never Was, describes a fruitless encounter between a handsome young traveller and a young woman in a provincial hotel in Italy. In The Girl, the Crime, a film director (John Malkovich) is struck by a pretty girl (Sophie Marceau) working in a boutique, who tells him about the murder of her father. Set in Paris, Don't Try to See Me Again is about some kind of spark that flies between two pairs of ditched, middle-aged partners. In the final round This Body of Mud, a desperate boy picks up a beautiful girl on the street but who is already in love with God, seeing her body as something to escape and transcend.

Photographing reality, Antonioni seeks out what lies beyond deceptive images. And with the sure hand of the master, he superbly controls the camera to capture powerful and resonant images.

The film mobilised eight producers as well as the efforts of Wim Wenders (director of Wings of Desire and Until the End of the World) as a standby director, who also filmed a brief intermezzo to link the four parts. Its premiere at the Venice Film Festival '95 maked one of the festival's major events.

The Hong Kong Arts Centre

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