Marvellous Bordighera

Director: Andrea Alborno, Production: Andrea Alborno, Language: Italian, Italy, 2022, 55′, Rights: World excluding Italy San Marino and the Vatican and Switzerland

A documentary exploring the magical beauty of Bordighera a seaside town in Liguria in Italy, its architecture, parks and art historical and contemporary.

Villa Mariani where Pompeo Mariani (1857-1927) lived. The Italian painter born in Monza lived in Bordighera from 1907. Villa Mariani is the only 19th-century painter’s house that survived in Italy with original furnishings and equipment, an atelier and a park. It was built at the request of the countess Fanshawe in 1885  by the architect Charles Garnier. The building was later enlarged by  Luigi Broggi and Angelo Savoldi at the behest of Mariani. In the park of the Villa, still rich in ninety centuries-old olive trees, palms, exotic plants and some rare essences, Claude Monet painted in 1884,  when staying in Bordighera, three of his masterpieces; the two olive trees immortalized by the French master are still alive today.

Other beautiful Villas are explored in interviews with their owners showcasing their historical beauty carefully maintained and restored.

Davide Puma is an Italian postwar contemporary artist who was born in 1971. He lives and works in Bordighera and is inspired by the light and beauty of the area.