The protagonist of this film is a building. Standing on the perimeter of Rome like a monolith in the open countryside is a municipal housing complex from the 70s: Corviale. This ravaged concrete structure, which stretches for over a kilometer, has become the embodiment of a failed utopia from an urban planner's drawing board. The film interweaves the vistas of this fascinating architectural monstrosity with the ways the inhabitants see their living space.
Living with her tyrannical stepfather in a new home with her pregnant mother, 10-year-old Ofelia feels alone until she explores a decaying labyrinth guarded by a mysterious faun who claims to know her destiny.
In 2027, in a chaotic world in which humans can no longer procreate, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea, where her child's birth may help scientists save the future of humankind.
Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel, "300" is very loosely based the 480 B.C. Battle of Thermopylae, where the King of Sparta led his army against the advancing Persians; the battle is said to have inspired all of Greece to band together against the Persians, and helped usher in the world's first democracy.
Have you watched Il palazzo yet? What did you think about it?