The Generali Historical Archive for Trieste Film Festival

03 February 2023

Generali Historical Archive News

The 34th edition of the Trieste Film Festival (TSFF), the main Italian event dedicated to the cinema of Central and Eastern Europe, saw over 100 titles on review from 21 to 28 January 2023, with an offer of international and national premieres of feature films, short films and documentaries, all in original version, subtitled in English and Italian.

Palazzo Berlam, guided tour to the Archive during the Trieste Film Festival – homage to Franz Kafka / ph. Camilla Bach

The TSFF program was enriched again this year with meetings, exhibitions, round tables, events and special initiatives, such as the tribute to Franz Kafka with the screening of Klassenverhältnisse (Class Relations) by Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, film adaptation of the unfinished novel by the Czech writer «America», and L’arresto (The Arrest) by Luigi Di Gianni, based on the first chapter of the author’s «The Trial», in collaboration with Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – Cineteca Nazionale.

On the occasion of the cinematographic homage to Franz Kafka for the 140th anniversary of his birth, in partnership with the TSFF the Generali Historical Archive organised three guided tours on 26 and 27 January (all sold out) at its exhibition spaces set up in the iconic Berlam building, known as the “Red Skyscraper” in Trieste.

The Generali Historical Archive has once again proved to be an inexhaustible source of documents, photographs and pieces of Company’s history that intertwine many stories: among these, in fact, that of Franz Kafka’s life.

Palazzo Berlam, guided tour to the Archive during the Trieste Film Festival – Franz Kafka’s cv / ph. Camilla Bach

The autographed documents shown during the visits are part of the personnel file of the famous writer and tell the unpublished story of this special employee, from his signature to his curriculum vitae and the discovery of his attitudes and hidden hopes, thanks also to some readings taken from Kafka’s personal correspondence published posthumously.

For further information on Franz Kafka: R. SPADA, Franz Kafka at Generali. The Writer’s Personnel File, in Generali in History. Tales from the Archive. Twentieth century, Venice, Marsilio, 2016, pp.  88-93 and 1907 – Franz Kafka: Distinguished Clerk at Generali.