The full-length documentary La Magica Arena produced by Le Talee brings a kaleidoscope of the Arena’s activities since 1913 to the big screen. Scripted by Agnese Fontana, Andrea Prandstraller and Niccolò Bruna and directed by Andrea Prandstraller, La Magica Arena seeks to “go into” the set of the great operas on the programme: a look behind one of Italy’s best-known and appreciated traditions abroad, recounting the work that goes into the preparation, through the stories of men and women who contribute to the fine result. This is not the story of the famous singers, directors or orchestral conductors, but rather, of those who have worked year after year behind the scenes, and for whom the Arena Festival is part of their lives.
The historical documentary Arena 100 shown by the television channel, Classica allows one to relive the emotions and recall the great names connected to Aida over the last century through the most significant works and sets, videos from the archives, photographs and curiosities of its illustrious and most famous protagonists. It uses images retrieved from the Archives of the Fondazione Arena.
After its début on 10th May at Cinema Kappadue for the silent film of 1913 Nero and Agrappina, the Verona Film Festival continues with One hundred years on the screen. The Arena di Verona in seven films from 25th June to 6th August, 2013 every Tuesday at 9 p.m. at the Sala Convegni (Conference Room) in the Palazzo della Gran Guardia. Admission is free. The amphitheatre, the icon of the city, is seen in different kinds of films: history, adventure, comedy and melodrama. Each film is preceded by a short film which moves the viewer, One hundred years on the screen. The Arena di Verona in the Cinema by Alessandro Pennasilico, showing its importance as an extraordinary cinema set.
2013 witnessed the start-up of the App Arena di Verona 2013 which has increasingly become more integrated with the world of social network. Developed in collaboration with UniCredit, it is already available for the Android and Apple iOS platforms; and the Database A.I.D.A. has proved to be fundamental in providing direct access to the historical-artistic patrimony present in the archives of the Fondazione.