The Sabatini Building Garden plays host to another annual edition of the summer cinema. This instalment is devoted to the monsters that inhabit our collective imaginary and customarily represent not only evil, but also the strange, the marginal and the maladjusted. Every Friday and Saturday throughout July and August, the series convenes a bestiary of vampires, witches and other special beings inside the Museo, a coven of deviants and dissidents to share historical phobias, cook up a rejection of the norm and offer an alternative, monstrous gaze through film.
Organised into different themed programmes, the series assembles films from divergent eras and geographical coordinates: classic, modern and contemporary horror from Latin America, Asia and Europe, each time and each place with its own codes, anxieties and miseries. And from different genres: classical, independent, auteur and cult film and, for the first time in a summer film series, animated cinema for families and a younger audience.
Bestiary. Vampires, Witches and Other Misfits screens films which reflect on today’s hidden monsters and the short distance separating the normal from the heinous. It is inhabited by both enraged and kind monsters; small, confused werewolves; inanimate bodies that have received the gift of life; criminal, capitalist and anti-capitalist vampires; empowered feminist witches; nuclear monsters emerging from the depths of the sea; the spirits of damned women who, seeking revenge, also take on the psychosis of a ruinous time in history; and, above all, misfits doomed to be monsters against a normality that is more tyrannic than it seems.
This is a chance to think about both otherness and about what moves us at once closer to and further away from a ubiquitous and changing evil, bringing us into contact with the origins of film as a monster-medium, a giver-of-life artefact through movement, a time eater. Ultimately, the series, with its gallery of rejects and deviants, concocts a spell to rethink nature and norm, fear and taboo.