INTERVIEW: MARTINA GIRLANDA | ITSLIQUID

INTERVIEW: MARTINA GIRLANDA

Interviews | September 5, 2022 |

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Interview: Martina Girlanda
Luca Curci talks with Martina Girlanda during VISIONS, third appointment of ANIMA MUNDI 2022, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello and Palazzo Bembo.

“I was born in Tradate (VA), Italy, on the 18th of October 1992. I became passionate about arts quite soon, thanks to my father, who is a musician. After my diploma at Liceo Classico Cairoli in Varese, I got the undergraduate Degree in DAMS Cinema, at the University of Bologna, and afterwards, I moved to Leeds (UK) to attend a Master Course in Filmmaking at the Northern Film School. I graduated from Leeds in 2018, specializing in Directing for Film and Editing. After graduating, I decided to come back to Italy, where I work as a freelance videomaker while I keep studying and directing my own personal projects”.

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Luca Curci – Which subject are you working on?
Martina Girlanda – I am a film Director, focusing particularly on Horror, Fantasy and Period films.

LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
MG –
I started with acting for theatre, but I fell in love with cinema during my Undergraduate Degree in Bologna. I was attending a seminar in Film Analysis, and I was fascinated by the way you tell a story through the images, by studying each element of a frame: everything, from the position of the actors to what they wear, and even the scenography you put in the image, should have a meaning for the story. I have always struggled with expressing myself through words, and discovering Filmmaking was like finding my way to deal with the World.

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LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
MG –
Not intentionally, but if I think about my films I find common elements: I am fascinated by the darkest side of human beings, so that’s something I often explore.

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LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
MG –
It is hard! You have to be very determined, unfortunately, Art is something you don’t make money from so soon, it’s easy to feel demotivated and give up because you see your friends having solid jobs, a house, a car, and you are still poor and maybe living with your mom (I am, but I love her, she is so supportive!). Plus, you spend a lot of money because you must invest in yourself to make progress (buying gear, submitting films to festivals, paying for exhibitions and so on). I feel lucky, I have a supportive family and I am surrounded by people who believe in me, I am so grateful for that because I think it’s something you really need as an artist.

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LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
MG –
I am showing two short films, “Bly” and “A Canvas Tale”. “Bly” was made in 2020 for the contest Premio Bookciak, which focuses on the link between cinema and literature: they give a list of books and the filmmakers can choose one and make a film inspired by it. “Bly” was based on a graphic novel about Nellie Bly, an extraordinary female figure from the 19th century: she was born in New York and became a journalist, and she was famous for her undercover investigative reports. In particular, she made an investigation in an Asylum to show the terrible conditions of the patients, we decided to focus on that theme. We filmed in an abandoned Asylum in Mombello (Italy), which was an intense experience because even in that place the patients were abused and poorly treated, and it was like the sorrow was still within the walls. “A Canvas Tale” is a tribute to a painter I love very much, the preraphaelite John William Waterhouse. We wanted to recreate some of his paintings, and we found a narrative link between them by having the character of John dreaming about an enchanted world, populated by nymphs and knights, gods and goddesses. When he wakes up, in the end, he immediately starts to paint. To me, this film is about inspiration and creativity, I often find inspiration in my dreams.

LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
MG –
It is for sure, it’s great to show your works around in different towns and countries!

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