Tuesday, March 18, 2014


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500 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1450
Chicago, IL 60611

The Director of the Italian Cultural Institute 

Andrea Raos
is pleased to invite you to the following events

Blow Up
by Michelangelo Antonioni

1966, 111 minutes
 in English

This 1966 masterpiece by Michelangelo Antonioni is set in the heady atmosphere of Swinging London, and stars David Hemmings as an unsmiling fashion photographer hooked on ephemeral meaning attached to anything: art, sex, work, relationships, drugs, events. When a real mystery falls into his lap, he probes the evidence for some reliable truth, but finds it hard to reckon with. Vanessa Redgrave plays an enigmatic woman whose desperation to cover something up only seems like one more phenomenon in Hemmings's disinterested purview. This is one of the key films of the decade, and still an unsettling and lasting experience.  
The immense success of this film, which contains scenes that were considered explicit at the time of its release in 1966, was the final catalyst that led to the creation of the Motion Picture Association of America film rating system still used today.
Refreshments will be offered.  A conversation will follow.
To RSVP, please click here.

Book Presentation  

Snapshots of Contemporary Italian Life

by Anna Clara Ionta and
Anna Taraboletti Segre

in the presence of the publisher, Jean Farinelli

Thursday, March 27th 2014, 6:00 pm
Italian Cultural Institute
The presentation will be in Italian

What would be the best way to teach -- and learn -- Italian in an increasingly connected society? What approaches can be used to reach students from fields outside languages and literature, who wish to study Italian as a way to complement their interests, be they economics, sociology, history of art, the travel sector and more?
Mosaici is a textbook with accompanying DVD designed for learners of Italian at the intermediate level. It is organized into six units on topics ranging from tradition and globalization, youth employment, urban graffiti, the elderly, the environment, and the changing patterns of family. Each unit is introduced by a short film clip from a recent Italian movie, followed by activities that stimulate observation, reflection, and comprehension. Movie clips include Focaccia Blues, an independent film about a small bakery in southern Italy, and La ragazza del lago, featuring award-winning actor Toni Servillo.
The authors will describe the motivations behind this innovative textbook, its main learning objectives, and the way vocabulary is presented in the context of contemporary issues in Italian life and society. 
Anna Clara Ionta, a native of Italy, has been teaching Italian in the United States since 1987. She holds a Laurea in Classical Studies from University of Rome "La Sapienza" and the DITALS Certification (Certificato in Didattica dell' Italiano a Stranieri) from the Università per Stranieri di Siena, Italy. She is lecturer at Loyola University Chicago.

Anna Taraboletti Segre studied at Civica Scuola del Piccolo Teatro and Università degli Studi of Milan, Italy. She holds a Master's in English and American Literature from the University of California at San Diego. A translator of English and Italian, she teaches Italian at Loyola University Chicago
Mosaici will be available to attendees at a special price.  
A conversation and a light reception will follow.
To RSVP, please click here.

The Interval 
by Leonardo Di Costanzo
Luca Bigazzi (The Great Beauty, Best Foreign Film Oscar)

2012, 83 minutes

Tuesday, March 18th 2014, 6:00 pm
Italian Cultural Institute 
A teenaged Neapolitan granita seller is forced to babysit a big-mouthed female peer for a Camorra boss in The Interval, the impressively subdued first fiction feature of Leonardo Di Costanzo (At School). Shot on sleek 16mm in an abandoned mental institution by Luca Bigazzi (The Great BeautyThis Must Be the Place), this film chronicles the push-pull dynamics of the adolescent protagonists, who both try to act older than their age in order to survive in their potentially violent reality.
Refreshments will be offered.  A conversation will follow.
To RSVP, please click here.



Italian Films Presented at the 17th Annual European Union Film Festival
March 7 - April 3, 2014
164 N State Street
Chicago, IL 60601
For tickets, please visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org 

2013, Maria Sole Tognazzi,  85 min.
With Margherita Buy, Stefano Accorsi

Sat, Mar 15th at 5:15pm
Thu, Mar 20th at 8:00pm



2012, Salvatore Mereu, Italy, 100 min.
With Sara Podda, Maya Mulas

Sun, Mar 23rd at 5:15pm
Thu, Mar 27th at 8:15pm

2013, Daniele Luchetti, Italy, 106 min.
With Micaela Ramazzotti, Kim Rossi Stuart
Sun, Mar 30th at 5:00pm
Wed, Apr 2nd at 8:00pm

2013, Stijn Coninx, Belgium, 122 min.
With Matteo Simoni, Cristian Campagna

Sun, Mar 16th at 7:00pm
Mon, Mar 17th at 7:45pm

For tickets or more information about the festival, please click here.


The Italian Cultural Institute is pleased to inform you 
of the following event: 

Concert by JoyCut 

at Subterranean
Sunday, March 30
 Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
2011 W. North Ave. 
JoyCut, from Bologna, Italy, was formed in 2001 and named for the conceptual conjunction between the song 'Joey' from Nick Drake and Pink Floyd's album The Final Cut. This post-rock, dark-wave outfit weaves powerful sonic moments using electronic melodies and percussion with found objects from the urban landscape. Often experimental but always accessible, JoyCut has found a loyal fanbase in Italy and the UK as well as most of Europe. Having opened and toured with such bands as The Editors, Art Brut, Modest Mouse, Arcade Fire and Sebadoh, the trio is poised to win over American fans on their first proper US Tour in February and March of 2014 (a mini tour happened in October 2013). The tour will be in support of their third album, PiecesOfUsWereLeftOnTheGround (released in 2013 by Italy's largest record label, IRMA) and centered on their selection for the South By Southwest festival, for which they were one of just two Italian bands to be selected thus far!
For tickets or more information, please click here.

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