A Florentine Man is a documentary feature film that explores the works of Fabrizio Fiumi, a member of the 1960s and ’70s Florentine radical architecture group 9999, as his daughter Elettra rediscovers it after his passing. Fiumi’s work with the group, colored by design and multimedia experimentation, laid the foundation for his later influential contributions to culture, including his founding of the Florence Film Festival and his invention of the first digital subtitling system. As Elettra searches through his archives—including footage shot by him and by her sister, interviews with his colleagues, and contributions by scholars of the movement in Florence, Venice, New York, Paris, and Los Angeles—the viewer engages in an international conversation between father and daughter, past and present, allowing for an in-depth, personal look at a movement and a time, never before seen on screen.
The film, fiscally sponsored by Women Make Movies, is in development with Documentary Campus Masterschool. It won a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and the material that Elettra uncovered has been part of various exhibitions including at the Vitra Design Museum, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Venice Biennale of Architecture, Palazzo Strozzi, Museo del Novecento and others. A short film on the Group 9999’s Space Electronic nightclub is traveling with the Night Fever exhibition for the next five years.