Nuova Orfeo

Nuova Orfeo is a new not-for-profit, artist run, experimental film, performance and music initiative with a focus on site-specific programming, founded by Beatrice Gibson, Flora Pitrolo, Pietro Airoldi and Stella Sidelli in 2021. It takes its name from Palermo's last porn cinema as a symbol of rebirth of the city's cultural life, this time in a feminist, polyphonic and radically inclusive key.

Nuova Orfeo flips the idea of porn, from gazing at women to the inverse: performance, music, and contemporary art made by and about women, non-binary trans and queer people and people of color. From object to subject, from fetish to agent, from looked-at to looking.

Our approach to site responds to one of Palermo’s main social and aesthetic facts: an abundance of utterly majestic but abandoned, unfinished, unused or underused spaces, from cinemas to gardens, from decaying palazzi to the new ruins of what Alterazioni Video have termed the incompiuto.

Nuova Orfeo’s site-specific imperative is to use these spaces, reactivating lost spaces and reimagining old ones so they can be experienced in a completely new light



Sept. 6, 2021

Nuova Orfeo and Meno present Orfeo on the Beach

July – September 2021

Arena La Sirenetta, Via Azalea, Mondello

Palermo, Sicily

In collaboration with Sicilia Queer, Institut français, and Nomadica, Nuova Orfeo and MeNO present Orfeo on the Beach, a season of radical, feminist, cult film, experimental cinema and artist's moving image at the historic open air cinema La Sirenetta.

The programme features cult feminist classics such as Barbara Loden's Wanda and Atlantiques by Mati Diop, which won the 2019 Jury Prize at Cannes and was the first ever film by a black female director to enter the competition. We also present an evening with the artist Pauline Curnier Jardin, the Italian premiere of Gibson's Dear Barbara, Bette, Nina and a curatorial collaboration with the collectives Nomadica and ৺ ෴ ර ∇ ❃﹌﹌ on film, feminism and the Italian South.

Programmed by Beatrice Gibson. Co-ordinated by Stella Sideli.

MeNO - Memore e Nuove Opere - founded in Palermo as a spin-off of Manifesta 12 promotes the connection between tangible and intangible heritage and new forms of contemporary artistic production. MeNO designs and realizes international art projects involving a wide community of artists and intellectuals and explores the transformation of the relationship between citizens, space and time.

Orfeo on the Beach is supported by Società italo-belga, Institut français Palermo, and Sinergie Group

Project Partners:


Sicilia Queer

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Sept. 7, 2021

Wanda (1970)
Dir. Barbara Loden

+ Dear Barbara, Bette, Nina (2020)
Dir. Beatrice Gibson

** Prima visione **

Sept. 13, 2021

৺ ෴ ර ∇ ❃﹌﹌ e Nomadica: Architetture di Autocoscienza

Programma della serata:

- Follia come Poesia (Dir. Le Nemesiache, 1977)
- Il piacere del testo (Dir. Adriana Monti, 1977)
- Serie di brevi ritratti in Super 8 delle collaboratrici al collettivo di cinema femminista di Roma: Maitreya, Rony, Paola, Anna’s Textures (Dir. Annabella Miscuglio del Collettivo di cinema Femminista di Roma, 1973-1976)
- Narciso, film esperienza (Dir. Marinella Pirelli, 1966-67)
- Medusa and the Abyss (Dir. Felicity Palma, 2019)

Maggiori informazioni

Sept. 21, 2021

Queen of Diamonds (Dir. Nina Menkes, 1991)

+ Deep Sleep (Dir. Basma Alsharif, 2014)

Sept. 22, 2021

Atlantiques (Dir. Mati Diop, 2019)


Sept. 28, 2021

Grotta Profunda: les humeurs du gouffre (2011–2017) + Explosion Ma Baby (2016) + Fat to Ashes (2021)

Dir. Pauline Curnier Jardin

Sept. 29, 2021

Variety (Dir. Bette Gordon, 1983)

+ Beirut Outtakes (Dir. Peggy Ahwesh, 2007)

Tutte le proiezioni iniziano alle ore 20.30.

Gli eventi sono gratuiti ma una donazione di 5 euro è graditissima <3

Capienza limitata: arrivate presto!


May 31, 2022

Nuova Orfeo and Sicilia Queer present

The Human Surge (2016) Dir. Eduardo Williams

+ The Canyon (2021) Dir. Zachary Epcar
Cinema De Seta
Palermo, Sicily

Nuova Orfeo are totally delighted to present two fabulous films in the context of the wondrous Sicila Queer, exploring youth, alienation and the sublime.

In Epcar’s The Canyon we travel through an urban residential development until it slips into Oblivion. The Boxy architecture and cordoned greenery of a luxury housing developments gives way to an architecture of dreams, which it depicts through a sequence of precise frames, stock gestures, and pre-programmed phrases, drifting into entropy.

Winner of the Golden Leopard at Locarno, Eduardo Williams' debut feature, The Human Surge, is a mesmerising, sinuous and queer exploration of millennials, technology and the disorientating, fractious nature of the present. The paths of four listless interconnected protagonists -pressed for cash and inseparably attached to their laptops and phones - entwine, across continents and landscapes, via bodies, chat rooms and ants.

The screening will be followed by an in-person conversation between Eduardo Williams, Dennis Lim, director of the New York Film Festival and Beatrice Gibson.

The screening begins at 6.30pm


Oct. 4, 2022

Experimental Arabic Cinema and Performance