Special event opening short film

Incontro di notte

Directed by Liliana Cavani
Italia 1960
Runtime 10'

A night meeting between two drunk friends. An Italian man invites home his Senegalese friend – a musician and a francophone. They enter the bedroom and the first man shows the other man his sleeping wife. Soon, he forgets that his friend is there and sensually approaches the woman. Once she awakens, the man turns to look to his friend to find he has disappeared. Incontro di notte is a first year filming exercise for the CSC two-year academic curriculum, 1959-1961.

Directed by
Liliana Cavani

Liliana Cavani

Giulio Spadini

Domenico Curia

Production design
Pasquale D Alpino

Romano Ghini, Annabella Incontrera, Ababakar Samba

Production (and digitalisation)
Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – Cineteca Nazionale

Wednesday 30.08
9.00am Hall Perla
Press, Industry

Thursday 31.08
2.00pm Hall Perla
Public, All accreditations

Friday 01.09
7.30pm Hall Corinto
Public, All accreditations

SIC@SIC 2023 Liliana Cavani

Liliana Cavani (1933) studied Directing at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, graduating with the exercise project Incontro di notte and the graduation short film La battaglia. After directing a series of documentary films tackling social and historical themes in contemporary Italy, in 1966 she debuted with Francesco d’Assisi, which was screened at the Venice Film Festival. Galileo (1968), The Cannibals (1969), L’ospite (1970) and Milarepa (1973) followed. Widespread success came with The Night Porter (1974), followed by Beyond Good and Evil (1977), The Skin (1981), Beyond the Door (1982), The Berlin Affair (1985), Francesco (1989), Where Are You? I’m Here (1993), and Ripley’s Game (2002). In 2012,she was awarded the David di Donatello Lifetime Achievement Award. The Night Porter, restored by the Cineteca Nazionale in collaboration with Cinecittà, was screened in the Classics section during the 75. Mostra del Cinema di Venezia. In 2023, Cavani is set to receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement Award at the Biennale.