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Sunday, October 26 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm
The Venice Syndrome

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Andreas Pichler

2013 | 80 minutes | Germany, Italy

New York Premiere

The well-documented reality that Venice is sinking into the sea has an equally unsettling parallel: it is drowning in tourists—21 million of them per year at last count. Twenty years ago 125,000 people lived there, but the permanent population is now less than half that, and by some estimates actual Venetians will have disappeared completely by 2030. Those who remain are living in a very different place from the Venice of romantic imagination: today, Venice is a city defined almost wholly by its subculture of tourist industries, by oblivious daytrippers, by the massive cruise ships that darken its port and dwarf its crumbling but still-glittering palaces. This film documents the decline of a once-great bastion of culture with nuance and compassion, giving the enduring denizens of the city a voice. The result is daunting, but alive with humor and compassion.

Sunday October 26, 2014 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Linder Theater American Museum of Natural History

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