“Only when I was singing did I feel loved”

“To sing is an expression of your being, a being which is becoming” 

MARIA is an experimental film in archive materials in different legacy formats and newly shot footage.

“The ecstatic experience of operatic drama, expressive gesture, opulence and despair, sacrifice and highly wrought scenes are extracted from existing footage. The piercing of the voice as it transcends the limits of the body creates  for the viewer a landscape of emotion drawn around Maria Callas as a central icon around which the event of the film takes place.

In the roles for the woman’s voice, opera as the expression of suffering, what escapes suffering, what escapes language. They say that pitch evokes for us a highly charged, primordial cry from out of time, even the calls of animals and birds. It pierces with fury; it fills the theatre stage to resound with the operatic cry.  An impossible pitch which shatters the space of the opera stage. The gleaming bitter video of a new Medea whose archaic voice trembles in mid-air, an Oom Kalsoum of undulating wails, the voice of a popular diva of flowers and swirling train riding the waves on the floor of wooden studios with hammering feet. A Lola Flores, that mixes in the airwaves with the TV footage, an Aida with pendulous earrings and pharaonic eye-liner. Oh, Maria, what language do you speak?  Oh, Maria Santissima how beautiful you are. An exalted art, an impossible voice.  Oh, beautiful surface of the future image.  Oh, image deified in the colour red. Oh reproduction and resurrection. Oh, recordings and re-recordings, subjected to treatments, to find the voice which resonates with the original lost one that each woman recreates again and again. Transverberates, transverberates. Mixing”.

Nina Danino

MARIA was awarded an Exceptional Award by the Department of Art, Goldsmiths.

Please note these are the approved stills for anyone wishing to write about MARIA.

Screenshot Looking over River

Film Still: MARIA (2023)


Location Still: Paris (2022)

Country of Production: UK
Year: 2023
Running Time : 80 minutes
Screening Format: DCP, ProRes422HQ, H265, H264 (mp4)
Sound: 5:1 and stereo 25fps
Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
Original Formats: 16mm, S8, 35mm, VHS
Language: English
Colour and Black and White

Enquiries Press, Film Festivals and Screenings
Contact at Temporal Films
Phone: +44 (0) 7775917674

Contact at LUX
Charlotte Procter Collection and Archive Director
LUX Waterlow Park Centre
Dartmouth Park Hill
London N19 5JF
Phone: +44 (0)2031412960


Director, Camera, Editor, Music Arrangement Nina Danino
Specialist Camera James Holcombe
Archive Consultant Kate Griffiths
Music Consultant Diane Hayes
Sound Recording and Pre Mix James Bulley
Additional Sound Engineering Ian Tompson
Sound Design and Mix Stefan Smith
Online Editor Edd Maggs
Colourist Jason R Moffat
Graphic Design Adrian Curry
Exhibition Consultant Johanna Blair
Production Company TEMPORAL FILMS

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