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Directed by Niccolo Bruna, Andrea Prandstraller

Italy 2014 91 mins.

“Built 2,000 years ago, the majestic Verona amphitheater—the biggest opera venue in the world—is, indeed, a ‘magic arena.’ Prandstraller and Bruna chronicle the Spanish theatre troupe La Fura Dels Baus’ rehearsals and opening night presentation of Verdi’s Aida, staged 100 years after its original performance there, and capture revelatory glimpses of many of the 2,000 workers responsible for this epic undertaking. As La Fura Dels Baus evoke a magical world and apply their innovative approach to updating the opera for the third millennium, the filmmakers capture an enthralling balance between life on stage and behind the scenes, between private life and public show, and between sacred enactment and secular entertainment, revealing the art of opera like it’s never been seen before.”—Vancouver International Film Festival.

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