” It is important that a journalist, a writer, a poet, an artist, a photographer, decides to take a stand on what is going on in the world. Gianni has done this with incredible boldness.”
How can we preserve the endangered city of Venice?
Gianni Berengo Gardin, Italy’s most famous living photographer, embraced this challenge with his powerful photographs and controversial exhibition that triggered debate, protests and an international outcry.
‘Gianni Berengo Gardin’s Tale of Two Cities’ examines the photographer’s commitment to Venice, and the profound impact of globalization on the city, including giant cruise ships traveling through the heart of historic Venice and unsustainable tourism.
Tensions explode in the ensuing climactic events as the audience is forced to confront Venice’s uncertain future. This film is a call for action. The time to act is now!
“My love affair with Venice dates back to my discovery of Venetian Renaissance art. Visits to Venice deepened that bond but also revealed how global forces were impacting this fragile city. Mass tourism and giant cruise ships overwhelm the city while the population declines. Alarmed by these developments, my attention shifted from a study of the past to concern for the present and the need to safeguard Venice’s future. This sense of urgency combined with my encounter with Berengo Gardin’s photography exhibition formed the genesis of this film.
The international firestorm that erupted over Berengo Gardin’s controversial exhibition became entangled in a complex web of stakeholders and challenges facing the city. His photography and a determined, resilient citizenry are the voices of change. The film’s visual beauty, engaging characters and powerful story will open your eyes and touch your heart.
When I began this project, I asked, “What could I do, in some small way, to contribute to efforts to help protect Venice?” This film was my answer. I hope others will ask similar questions, seek answers and, in so doing, become part of the solution. “