Sapienza: Great Film from Eccentric Auteur Eugene Greene

New York-born French auteur Eugene Green’s  new film, “La Sapienza,” concerns a burned-out contemporary Swiss architect who seeks spiritual and artistic renewal during a voyage to Italy to study the work of the great 17th century architect Francesco Borromini.

The film takes its title from geometrically complex Rome church Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza, considered a work of genius by the Swiss/Italian master of baroque architecture.

“La Sapienza,” which world-premiered at the Locarno Film Fest in Switzerland, screened in Toronto, where its American distributor, Kino Lorber, launched its marketing campaign.

It plays in October at the New York Film Festival, as well as many other international fests, including Rio de Janeiro, Vladivostok, and Vancouver.

Green, who is also a stage director, is known to American and global cinephiles for a unique cinematic style that juxtaposes classical and contemporary themes and characters.

His previous films include “Toutes les nuits,” “Le Monde vivant,” “Les Ponts des Arts,” and “The Portuguese Nun.”  He has has already been honored by retrospectives at Telluride, Paris Cinema, and Turin.