the first European festival on creativity

2016 Programme

Event #33

Silvio Soldini, Alberto Casiraghy, Josef Weiss

The river is never wrong

Alberto Casiraghy and Josef Weiss are true book artists. One in Osnago, the other in Mendrisio, they have devoted years to high quality typographical and editorial activity, still printing with a printing press, preserving the memory of a perfect industry made of manual skill and technique but also of inventiveness and poetry. Through their work – inspired by care, quality and beauty – they seem to live in a world apart, far from the frenzy of modern society. Silvio Soldini depicts this persisting and resisting microcosmos in a poetic, lighthearted film that becomes a declaration of love for thought and art. The film screening (72 minutes) will be followed by a talk with the director and two protagonists.


Alberto Casiraghy
Alberto Casiraghi

known as Casiraghy (Osnago, 1952), is an editor and poliedric artist. He is the author of collections of short stories, poems and aphorisms; in 1982 he founded the publishing house Pulcinoelefante, which has published works by Alda Merini, Bruno Munari, Elio Pagliarani and Allen Ginsberg, among others.

Silvio Soldini

Silvio Soldini is a director, screenwriter, and documentary filmmaker. His films include: L'aria serena dell'Ovest (1990), Un'anima divisa in due (1993), Le acrobate (1997), Pane e tulipani (2000), Brucio nel vento (2002), Agata e la tempesta (2004), Giorni e nuvole (2007), Cosa voglio di più (2010), Il comandante e la cicogna (2012), Il colore nascosto delle cose (2017), 3/19 (2021). His  docufilms include: Per altri occhi (2013), Il fiume ha sempre ragione (2016), Fiume di parole (2018).

Josef Weiss

(1944) was born and raised on lake Constance. In 1959 he learned the art of bookbinding and graphic layout at an artisanal workshop and at the Kunstgewerbeschule in St. Gallen. He founded his atelier in 1981 and began publishing art books in 1986.

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Marco Belpoliti

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Giacomo Rizzolatti, Antonio Gnoli

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Gabriella Caramore

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