Botticelli. Inferno steals viewers off into another world: a journey to the underworld through the nine levels of Hell. Just as described in Dante’s Inferno, only by travelling through Hell and Purgatory can we reach Paradise and emerge “to see the stars once more”.
Botticelli brought Dante’s descriptions to life in a total of 102 meticulous drawings. The centrepiece of these drawings is the “Map of Hell”: a kind of guide through hell with all its various levels. A fascinating, and at the same time cruel work on sinners and retribution, nightmares and punishment. But what does this mysterious drawing tell us today? What does it reveal about the mysterious, mystical side of Botticelli and what does it have to say to our own modern souls nowadays?
Writer and director Ralph Loop has created a film that proves to be a lavish journey to places often left unexplored, and brings us much closer to Botticelli, both the man and the artist. The film was shot at the Vatican in Rome, in Florence, London, Berlin and Scotland during the summer of 2016. Especially for the film, the “Map of Hell” was digitised with a high-powered scanner, bringing to light details that had previously been invisible to the naked eye.
The German-Italian co-production “Botticelli Inferno” from TV Plus, Medea Film and Nexo Digital will be released in Germany on 3rd November, in Italy on 7th November and from December on worldwide.