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Piquense filmmaker Franca González premiered the documentary film at the Gaumont Cinema and Espacios INCAA in the country –

Vinci / Body to Body, the documentary film by Franca González from Piquen about the sculptor Leo Vinci, has been presented since last Thursday at the Gaumont Cinema and INCAA Spaces in the rest of the country.

It is a production by Franca González Cine with the support of INCAA and Patronage of the City of Buenos Aires, previewed at the BAFICI, with script, camera and editing by Franca González. At 92 years old, the sculptor Leo Vinci has several pending dreams: one is to attack the block of marble that awaits him in the patio; he wants to face him hand to hand, like sumo wrestlers. He also dreams of camping again in front of the sea, where the forms of nature breathe new meanings into him. Meanwhile, in his workshop he molds, welds, builds machines, and receives his ghosts.

Between poetic observation and cinematographic portrait, the film immerses itself in a world in which doing becomes ritual, creative obsession, resistance. And it offers us a revolutionary idea: two hands are enough to change things.

It features the participation of Leo Vinci, Marina Dogliotti and Pablo Vinci, among others.

«I love filming the action of manual work – Franca González revealed to GPS Audiovisual –. Over time I became aware – and it has been pointed out to me – that in several of my films, such as Liniers, the simple stroke of things (2010), Tótem (2013) or Al fin del mundo (2015), there is something of that repetitive exercise in the search for creativity that generates a lot of mystery in me. I really like that record. And the viewer who has no idea what is going to end up happening with what is being thought or brewed. Leo Vinci, beyond being a master in his artistic role, has something of the man he makes. That act of faith, of knowing that he is modifying the reality that surrounds him with the simple act of his hands.

Vinci has a kind of motto which is that the human being is the only animal capable of creating something new for the world. No other animal can do it! They can do things, move, transform the environment, but never incorporate something new, like a work.
I found something fascinating in that world of Leo. Continuing to be so active at 92 years old on top of a scaffolding, getting up every morning with a new idea of ​​working very quickly. Furthermore, having gone through very critical situations such as the pandemic, feeling that he was in his element, because he had every right in the world to not have to see people and stay in there, working every day. As he says: his job consists more of playing than anything else. But play like the kids do, who feel that they are doing something serious, that commits them, that they put their soul and their life into it.”

Leonardo Dante Vinci was born in Buenos Aires in 1931. He graduated from the “Manuel Belgrano” and “Prilidiano Pueyrredón” National Schools of Fine Arts, and from the “Ernesto de la Cárcova” Higher School of Fine Arts of the Nation. He was trained by Alfredo Bigatti, Troiano Troiani and Adolfo de Ferrari, among others.

Promoted by André Malraux and with the help of the National Fund for the Arts, he made a trip to Spain, Italy, Switzerland and France. He participated in the Grupo del Sur, formed in 1959, which questioned the snobbery of the elitist and frivolous avant-garde that flourished in the ’60s in Argentina and supported an art more committed to reality.

In 1976 he was dismissed from his teaching positions in the official schools of Fine Arts by the authorities of the military dictatorship. At the beginning of the ’80s he made the works “Absence”, “Where”, “Only the shadow” and “He who is not”, linked to the victims of state terrorism.

In 1987 he was co-founder and vice president of Fundart, Foundation for the Integration of the Arts. In 1989 he was selected to place a large work – Nuevos Aires – definitively in the entrance hall of the Casa Rosada. Years later, his work, Offering of Him, also became the property of the Government House.

He held numerous individual and group exhibitions in Argentina and abroad. Leo Vinci’s works are permanently exhibited in walks and museums in Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, the United States, France, Belgium, Canada and Australia.

It has the largest sculpture workshop in Latin America attended by both Argentine and foreign scholarship holders. But he does not consider that he teaches, but that he is “a preacher”: “I preach a thought and a way of understanding reality and life.”

“It matters a lot to me that behind each image there is something that sustains it, that supports it, that motivates it, that generates it. I don’t believe in the aesthetic fact. The aesthetic is what is achieved when there is an ethical fact that supports it,” she says.

Franca González was born on December 24, 1968 in General Pico, La Pampa, Argentina. She currently resides in CABA, Argentina.
She is a screenwriter, producer and documentary film director. She studied Arts at the University of Buenos Aires and continued her training in auteur documentary film. Her films have been recognized by the Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences (Arg), Argentores, IBERMEDIA, INCAA, UNESCO and have competed in numerous international festivals: BAFICI, DocLisboa, Málaga, Toulouse, Vancouver, Havana, Leipzig and / either. She was a scholarship recipient from FNA, CALQ (Canada) and the Canadian Studies Program. She directed the feature films Back of the Road (2006), Liniers, el trazo simple de las cosas (2010), TOTEM (2013), Al fin del mundo (2014) and Miró. The Traces of Oblivion (2018). She has been director of photography and cameraman for her own films and for María Victoria Menis and the Canadian Carole Laganière.

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