I heard about this film Molecole (Molecules) about Venice as the pandemic began. It’s streaming for free (in the US) until Sunday evening, hosted by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Washington DC. I hope you get a chance to watch it!
The director, Andrea Segre, muses about his relationship with his father, and being alone, and Venice as it empties out. He intersperses his own footage with his father’s films from the 1950s. After you watch it, please leave a comment trying to describe the mood that the film creates.
Segre is rowed around Venice by Elena Almansi, a rowing teacher with Row Venice–and a contributing author to my anthology Venice Rising: Aqua Granda, Pandemic, Rebirth. Elena was wonderful to work with as she wrote her chapter, but I still haven’t met her! So it was an added bonus to see her in this film.