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"The documentary leaves no doubt about the modernity of Tintoretto, the audacity of his brushstrokes" - ARTE MAGAZINE
PLOT: 500 years ago in Venice, a star was born. Jacopo Robusti Tintoretto began painting at a time when radical social change marked the beginning of the European Reformation. With fast brushstrokes and daring compositions, his paintings captured the complexities and challenges of this new modern age.
Tintoretto – The Artist Who Killed Painting tells the story of his daring life, from the young artist who invented his own innovative style, to his rivalry with Titian, Raphael and Michelangelo, to his death. His biography is interwoven with the history of Venice, a maritime republic and the gateway to Europe.
Tintoretto‘s most important paintings give the film its narrative structure. Each topic is introduced through one of his most important works. We dive into his world through animations of maps and historical letters, illuminated by historians and curators. High-quality, cinematic reenactment in front of the golden landscape of Venice brings 16th century Italy to life. This documentary tells the story of the most radical and courageous painter of the age.
CAST: Robert Echols, Mario Infelise, Roland Krischel
YEAR: 2020
LENGTH: 86 min.
GENRE: Documentary
RATING: USA: no rating

TIMES: November 7, 3 p.m. EST til 3 a.m. EST on 11/8

  Please note, while the trailer may not include subtitles, the film will be screened with English subtitles.


Erminio Perocco was born in Venice. He studied Medieval History at the University of Venice, but later entered the world of publicity becoming executive creative director of Armando Testa and winning the Golden Lion at Cannes. Currently he writes and directs art documentaries.

Regarding his work, Perocco states “I believe that in the end all our experiences are important. From my father I learned the pleasure of of a continuing esthetic and formal research. From the theatre, acting. From publicity synthesis, but also the need to always keep the interest of the public and not viceversa. From fiction, the love for the lengthy story, its dynamics and narrative structure. From the University the desire to research in depth, to see things from different points of view. The more time passes the more I discover how many things I would like to tell.”

DISTRIBUTOR: Berta Film, Via dell’Arcolaio 4r, Florence; producers: Kublai Film, Zeta Group, Videe, Beetz Filmproduktion, Arte Zdf