500 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1450
Chicago, IL 60611
The Director of the Italian Cultural Institute
is pleased to invite you to the following events
by Leonardo Di Costanzo
Luca Bigazzi (The Great Beauty, Best Foreign Film Oscar)
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 Beauty, This 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.
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Italian Films Presented at the 17th Annual European Union Film Festival
March 7 - April 3, 2014
164 N State Street
Chicago, IL 60601
A FIVE STAR LIFE
2013, Maria Sole Tognazzi, 85 min.
With Margherita Buy, Stefano Accorsi
Sat, Mar 15th at 5:15pm
Thu, Mar 20th at 8:00pm
Both breezy and bittersweet, this graceful dramedy netted Margherita Buy Italy's Oscar-equivalent Donatello Award for best actress. Her character, Irene Lorenzi, seems to have a dream job: quality inspector for luxury hotels. Her job combines elements of undercover spy and shameless sybarite, but the hypercritical attitude that serves her so well in her professional life also cripples her personal relations. Her funky sister, frisky nieces, and foodie friend (Accorsi) provide Irene with some much-needed companionship, but will she be able to pull herself out of the lap of luxury and into the flow of life? In Italian and English with English subtitles.
2012, Salvatore Mereu, Italy, 100 min.
With Sara Podda, Maya Mulas
Sun, Mar 23rd at 5:15pm
Thu, Mar 27th at 8:15pm
The sordid confines of provincial life are counterpointed by the high spirits of adolescent girlhood in this energetic and inventive tale that, like director Mereu's previous films (THREE-STEP DANCE, SONETÀULA), is set on his native Sardinia. Narrated by 12-year-old dynamo Caterina (Podda), the film opens with an raucous tour de force detailing the daily waking-up routine in her family's cramped apartment--a symphony of noisy neighbors and screaming siblings, with the coveted bathroom the only oasis of privacy. The local boys are nasty and the grown men nastier, but Caterina's sweet-natured sometime-boyfriend Gigi is the exception. While on a seaside ramble with her best friend Luna, she learns that one of her no-good brothers is gunning for Gigi. Caterina knows she should warn him, but there are so many distractions en route... In Italian with English subtitles.
THOSE HAPPY YEARS
2013, Daniele Luchetti, Italy, 106 min.
With Micaela Ramazzotti, Kim Rossi Stuart
Sun, Mar 30th at 5:00pm
Wed, Apr 2nd at 8:00pm
Director Luchetti's 1960s-set MY BROTHER IS AN ONLY CHILD (2007) won acclaim for its deft integration of political history and family drama. Set in the 1970s, this autobiographical story is seen through the eyes (and sometimes the home-movie camera) of Luchetti's boyhood alter-ego Dario, an aspiring filmmaker, but the focus is on his parents. His father Guido (Stuart) is a self-important but mediocre avant-garde artist whose dalliances with his models test the patience of his devoted wife Serena (Ramazzotti). The film's high point is a disastrous performance-art opening in Milan, which galvanizes Serena to embark on her own road to self-realization, beginning with a trip to a feminist retreat with Guido's lesbian art-dealer (Martina Gedeck). In Italian with English subtitles.
2013, Stijn Coninx, Belgium, 122 min.
With Matteo Simoni, Cristian Campagna
Sun, Mar 16th at 7:00pm
Mon, Mar 17th at 7:45pm
Infectious Italian melodies punctuate this entertaining biopic of the Italian-Belgian singer who launched his international hit "Marina" at Carnegie Hall. Young Rocco Granata grows up in Belgium, despised as the son of an Italian coal miner. The accordion becomes his ticket to a future, coupled with ambition and his forbidden love for the daughter of the town grocer. Fifties ambience breeds Elvis-influenced garage bands and the danceable tunes that make MARINA a feel-good delight. In Flemish, Italian, and French with English subtitles.
For tickets or more information about the festival, please click here
Why A New Edition of "The Divine Comedy"?
a lecture and book presentation by
Monday, March 17th
Italian Cultural Institute
Professor Paolo Trovato from the University of Ferrara, will present his new critical edition of the Divine Comedy. Dante's original work has never been found and all of the editions from the 1800s and 1900s are based, for the most part, on Florentine manuscripts belonging to the Vatican. However as Dante was exiled from Florence and wrote the Divine Comedy while living in Ravenna, Professor Trovato saw a need to refer to the copies of the manuscript from the North of Italy, which most certainly adhere closest to Dante's lost manuscript. In addition, even though the cult of Dante was already strong in the 1300s, no one before Professor Trovato had ever tried to compare all of the hundreds of manuscripts that exist of the Divine Comedy. Professor Trovato's edition reflects twelve years of work and the collaboration of a team of computer scientists from the University of Ferrara, who created special software to assist him in this massive undertaking.
This presentation will be in English.
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