(112 minutes) Brazil/China/Egypt/Italy/Japan/Pakistan/USA
Directors: Francesco Conversano, Nene Grignaffini
Producer: Movie Movie
Stunningly filmed, Megalopolis is an exploration of six of the world's largest urban centers. They are complex, but also very fragile systems in which people daily confront problems of livability in relation to growth, as well as problems related to employment, pollution, crime, control, security, inclusion and exclusion, and tolerance in a world where wealth and poverty are increasing exponentially as the gap between social classes widens diametrically. To represent the megalopolis of the 21st century, their growth, the practical consequences that cause and change the geography of the world, and the living conditions of more than half the population overall, this documentary draws on science fiction to tell its story. Famed science-fiction authors wrote of such cities as places of confrontation and social tension. Cities of fear fed the pages of writers of the last century, including authors such as Clarke, Asimov, and Ballard. Megalopolis correlates the writing of the past to a reality today, which is very often a more disturbing scenario then imagined by the writers.
Francesco Conversano was born in Monopoli, Italy. Nene Grignaffini was born in Fontanellato, Italy. They have been authors, directors and producers of documentary films since 1980, when they founded the production company Movie Movie after completion of studies in film history and theory at the University of Bologna. Over the years, their work has been characterized by careful research, which has led them to experiment with different languages and narrative forms. They have chosen the documentary genre as a device to tell stories of our time.
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