L'arte dell'impossibile, film di Elsa Kvamme


16. February 2019




Biblioteca Villino Corsini
Villa Pamphilj, ingresso da Largo III Giugno 1849
00164 Rome, Italy

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The Art of the Impossible


In 1964, the Italian immigrant Eugenio Barba started Odin Teatret in an air-raid shelter in Oslo. Two years later, his group was invited to settle in Holstebro, then known as “the most boring city in Denmark”. Today, Holstebro is known as ”the city of culture”.

Odin Teatret is one of the world’s oldest and most famous theatre companies. It has altered established ideas about where and how theatre is performed, and how performances may emerge out of the actors’ craft and creativity.

Elsa Kvamme’s documentary The Art of the Impossible deals with the unique story of Eugenio Barba, who came to Norway as an immigrant before anyone had heard the word ”pizza” there. Today Barba is known as one of the main innovators within modern performing arts. He has conceived unforgettable performances, as well as concepts like “potlach” and “the third theatre”. He also has a special method to make the group renew itself by regularly initiating “earthquakes” which change the rules within the ensemble. 

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The film had its premiere at the Porsgrunn International Theater Festival in June 2017.

The music of the  film has been written by the well-known Norwegian composer Henning Sommerro.

Directed by: Elsa Kvamme
DOP: Nils Petter Lotherington, Tore Vollan, Claire Coriat
Editors: Claire Coriat, Erik Thorvald Aster

Duration: 66 minutes, with English subtitles

The Art of the Impossible :
English trailer »

Elsa Kvamme is a filmmaker who has, among others, made the feature film "Fia!" and the documentaries "A Streetcar to Auschwitz" and "The Doctors' War".  She was an actress at Odin Teatret (1973-75), and started her own theatre company, Saltkompagniet in Oslo, which she led for six years. She attended film school in New York, and is also known as a cabaret artist and songwriter.