Italy, 33 min
Renato Nicolini (1942 – 2012) was the most visionary cultural councillor of the municipality of Rome. Architect, playwright and passionate cinephile, he managed to reshape the role and image of Rome from 1976 to 1985 through his project Estate romana (Roman summer). Restless and generous, incredibly talented, and smart, always looking like a dishevelled hippy, Renato Nicolini has become a symbol of integrity and foresight. In 1985 he was appointed by Jack Lang Officier de "l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la République française". A few months before his untimely demise, an already sick but still vibrant and pugnacious Nicolini takes a ride along the city’s Grande Raccordo Anulare. Orbiting in a SUV on the motorway, Nicolini muses about Rome, his experiences, and politics. He remarks how architecture and the city have radically changed but never loses his good spirit. Like a hidden, secret chapter of Sacro GRA, Tanti futuri possibili is possibly the most accurate appraisal of some of Rome’s most intense political decades and a touching portrait that combines flawlessly memories and politics.
Giona A. Nazzaro