Irish Film Institute -Francesco Clerici To Visit The IFI For Hand Gestures Q&A

Francesco Clerici To Visit The IFI For Hand Gestures Q&A

IFI Press Release: November 4th 2015

Award-winning Italian filmmaker, Francesco Clerici will take part in a Q&A following the exclusive opening night screening of his latest documentary Hand Gestures, on November 24th at 18.30.

In a foundry in Milan, a bronze sculpture is created. Francesco Clerici’s transfixing film shadows the craftsmen as they shape, knead, model, mix, repair, sand and polish, the final form of the piece tantalisingly coming into focus in what feels like real time. The technique they use is known as lost-wax casting, and it dates to prehistory – Clerici acknowledges the longevity of the tradition by interspersing archival footage of a similar casting, filmed at the same Milanese foundry decades ago. We have grown accustomed to documentaries that tell us what to think and feel, but Clerici wisely eschews voiceover or other such descriptive devices, favouring an observational approach that draws the viewer into the world of the sculptors; watching Hand Gestures, one feels as though we are participating in the creation of a work of art.

About Francesco Clerici (born Milan, 1983)

Francesco Clerici earned a Master’s Degree in Art History and Criticism from the University of Milan.  Since  2003  he  has  taught  film  language,  presented  a  film  club  and  led  filmmaking workshops for children, and worked for the Barz and Hippo society as an Education and Film Forum Co-ordinator. Francesco is also a writer and the project manager for the artist Velasco Vitali. For Vitali’s last exhibition catalogue, Foresta Rossa: 416 città fantasma nel mondo(Skirà, 2013) he published a series of short novels Città Fantasma (Ghost Cities). Since  2009  Francesco  has  collaborated  with CICAE  (International  Federation  of  Arthouse Cinemas), documenting and developing training for exhibitors in Venice each year. His  2011  short  film Storie  nel  Cemento  (Cement  Stories)  won  the  of  the FAI  -Italian  Artistic Foundation- prize  at  the Milano  Film  Festival  and  was  selected  for  various  documentary  film festivals.  He’s published multiple articles and essays on cinema and art in various Italian magazines and journals. In 2012 he published his first book, 24 Fotogrammi: storia aneddotica del cinema (24 Frames: the Anecdotal History of Cinema) . 24 short stories on cinema. His 2011 short film Storie  nel  Cemento (Cement Stories)  won the FAI- Italian Artistic Foundation prize at the Milano Film Festival and was selected for various documentary film festivals.

Tickets for this screening + Q&A are available now from the IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477 or online at Tickets for the film’s IFI release from November 24th will be available from Monday 24th November.

For interview requests with Francesco Clerici, images and further details please Michelle McDonagh at the IFI Press Office on 01 679 5744 or email


The IFI acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council.

The IFI is supported
by The Arts Council

Arts Council of Ireland