Borromini and Bernini – The Challenge for Perfection

A journey into the great beauty of baroque Rome, when city was the centre of western art and where every ambitious painter, sculptor and architect had to be.

Borromini e Bernini. Sfida alla perfezione
Italy 2023
  • Czech
106 min.
  • This film is available until 8. 10. 2028 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

This is the story of the most famous artistic rivalry of all time, the one between Borromini and Bernini, but also the story of Borromini’s rivalry with himself: a genius so absorbed by his art that he turns it into a demon that devours him from the inside forcing him to choose death to reach eternity. Borromini deprived himself of everything to pursue a dream: to conquer Rome. It is the story of the architectural revolution of a solitary maestro who changed the appearance of Rome forever, by pushing himself to his limit, but also by battling conventions and prejudices, with the humility to learn from the past to invent the future, with the courage to pursue an idea despite knowing he would pay the price in the end.

Places / works in Rome: Barberini Palace, St Peter’s canopy, San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, Sant’Andrea al Quirinale, Basilica of Saint John Lateran, Fountain of the Four Rivers in Piazza Navona, St Peter’s colonnade and Villa Adriana Tivoli.

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Director: Giovanni Troilo
Cinematography: Marco Tomaselli
Music: Remo Anzovino
Sound: Matteo Bendinelli, Daniele Viti, Filippo Barracco
Editing: Antonello Pierleoni
Producer: Laura Chiara Cavaletto
Costumes: Giorgia G. Maggi
Cast: Jacopo Olmo Antinori, Valeria Cavaliere, Antonio Lanni, Pierangelo Menci
  • This film is available until 8. 10. 2028 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.