Film Education: Prada Luanches Nonconventional Film School in Venice

Prada is expanding its commitment to the movie world by launching a non-conventional film school in Venice, Italy.

The Italian fashion house announced its new film-related project during a high-profile screening series at the Prada Foundation in Milan, titled “Flesh, Mind and Spirit,” co-curated by Alejandro G. Inarritu and U.S. film critic Elvis Mitchell, who curates film at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. .

Belligerent Eyes, the Prada film school will experiment with new ways of teaching film and related fields. It will run between May and September 2016 in the Prada Foundation’s Venetian venue at Ca’ Corner della Regina.

The program is recruiting international academics, professionals and a select group of students in various fields, such as architecture, journalism, and digital communication.

The purpose of the school is “to go beyond traditional educational methods and stimulate reflection on the social and cultural transformations currently impacting audio-visual production.” The idea is “to lay the groundwork for innovative research in the study of cinema and production and distribution,” the statement said.

Prada, in partnership with the Venice fest’s independently-run Venice section, has been producing The Miu Miu Women’s Tales series of shorts by women directors, recently made by French New Wave auteur Agnes Warda.

The opening of a new arts center, the Prada Foundation, was in May, 2015, in an old distillery converted by architect Rem Koolhaas. Its bar, known as Bar Luce, is designed by director Wes Anderson.

The film center opened with the world preem of docu Roman Polanski: My Inspirations, by Laurent Bouzereau, and a Polanski spotlight featuring selected works and films that inspired them.

The current screenings at the Prada Foundation represent Inarritu’s favorite films, like Marco Bellocchio’s first film “Fists in the Pocket,” Alain Resnais’ “Last Year at Marienbad,” and Mexican Carlos Reygadas’ “Silent Light.”