From 4 to 6 June, for the first time, the Artists’ Church in Piazza del Popolo will be screened inside the vault of the Basilica of Santa Maria in Montesanto ‘The Last Supper: the Living Tableau’ the extraordinary short film on the last supper of Leonardo made by Armondo Linus Acosta, with the collaboration of Vittorio Storaro, Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo. Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ comes to life and becomes a 9-minute short film. It happens thanks to ‘The Last Supper: the Living Tableau’ by master Armondo Linus Acosta, director and creator, who brought together three masters of world cinema, each winner of three Oscars, Vittorio Storaro, Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo to make it happen.
It can be admired in a special setting on the occasion of Corpus Domini. From 4 June (from 17 to 22) and Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 June (from 12 to 22) the ‘Last Supper’ will be screened inside the vault of the basilica of Santa Maria in Montesanto, the Church of the Artists of piazza del Popolo, which will be darkened in order to better show the installation. The initiative has the patronage of the Communication Department of the Holy See, the Social Communications Office of the Vicariate of Rome, the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities, the Municipality of Rome and the Film Commission Foundation of Rome and Lazio.
Monsignor Insero, ‘meditative moment and an invitation to prayer starting from Leonardo’s masterpiece’
“This year – explains the rector of the basilica Monsignor Walter Insero – for Corpus Domini it was not possible to organize the traditional processions for the center of Rome, so we thought of a moment of meditation and an invitation to prayer. Starting from the masterpiece of Leonardo, reinterpreted in a cinematic key, we will be helped to contemplate the mystery of the Eucharist on the solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ “.
The notes of Rossini’s Stabat Mater will welcome the visitor who will find himself immersed in a dimly lit landscape. Gradually entering he will see the apostles, alone, already seated at the table; then Jesus, in the center, blessing the bread and the wine and announcing the betrayal by one of them. Everything is taken up very slowly, with great attention to lights and details. “I intentionally filmed ‘The Living Tableau’ in extreme slow motion as I do not consider this work a film in itself, but a ‘tableau’. A meticulously accurate piece where you have the opportunity to meditate on the divine details of this extraordinary mystical masterpiece of Leonardo da Vinci “, explains Acosta.
Storaro, ‘All the actors chosen for the similarity with the characters painted by Leonardo’
“Leonardo puts Jesus at the center of the scene because in this way he means: Jesus is God who becomes man, and this man is in any case the center of the world, the center of the universe”, adds Vittorio Storaro. All the details of the painting – dated 1494-1498 and made in the refectory of the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan – have been faithfully reconstructed. For the costumes, support plaster casts were made, so that the actors who play the apostles could more easily maintain the positions imagined by Leonardo. None of them are professionals. ”
“These are people who worked on the set and who were noticed by Acosta for their resemblance to the characters painted by Leonardo,” explains Storaro. An apostle, Taddeo, is played by the director himself: “I did like Alfred Hitchcock!”, Jokes the American filmmaker.
Dante Ferretti, ‘I immediately said yes to the proposal, we had to make painting come alive’
“Like Vittorio Storaro’s trolley that arrives right inside the set, we do the same thing – observes Francesca Lo Schiavo – We go inside the painting, inside the soul of the apostles and we witness the miracle of Jesus. world. I was very touched by the idea of participating in this operation, in this realization “. Dante Ferretti was also enthusiastic about the project: “It all started when Armondo called me to Rome and asked me to reconstruct Leonardo’s Last Supper – he explains – We had to make painting come alive, with real, moving characters. it seemed very interesting and I immediately said yes. “
In the week of Corpus Domini, this incredible event looks to the post-pandemic rebirth and the reopening in the sacred place par excellence: the Church. The Basilica degli Artisti in Rome confirms the extraordinary combination of religious sacredness and artistic sacredness which together are projected towards infinity and immensity, beyond.
Acosta, ‘in this moment every human life is fragile, let’s reconsider its beauty’
“I was given the task of recreating and honoring Leonardo da Vinci’s work, ‘The Last Supper’. This is no longer a dream or a process, it now exists in its final form: ‘The Last Supper: The Living Tableau ‘- explains Armondo Acosta- The Eucharist, the Sacrament, the exaltation and the invitation to understand’ the bread of life ‘, the purpose and the mystery to protect life in its fragility “.
“Right now every human life on this planet is fragile – he confesses – That’s why I created ‘The Last Supper: The Living Tableau’ to be able to reconsider the grace and beauty of this life. The current reality is particularly challenging and makes us even more grateful to exist he adds- We are doing all this to share with humanity all the most important moments through an invitation … a call to Prayer … with which we can look at life through the heart “.