I hope you are enjoying the summer (that seems to be sunnier and warmer in the UK rather than in Italy for a change…). UCL’s Italian Film Club is currently on holidays but come October, we will begin a new season of screenings and events. Keep an eye on this page for updates and see you soon!
The Reel Islington Film Festival is coming up in 3 weeks time (28 Feb – 2 Mar). Follow this link to know more about its full schedule.
Please note in particular the event on Sunday 2 March that will feature two documentaries by Italian director Simone Brioni.
A quick reminder about the screening of La battaglia di Algeri this coming Thursday at 6pm.
Hope to see you there!
Hello everyone and Happy 2014!
UCL’s Italian Film Club will resume its meetings on Thursday 30th January at 6pm with a screening of Gillo Pontecorvo’s La battaglia di Algeri (The Battle of Algiers, 1961).
One of the most influential political films in history, The Battle of Algiers, by Gillo Pontecorvo, vividly re-creates a key year in the tumultuous Algerian struggle for independence from the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both sides, children shoot soldiers at point-blank range, women plant bombs in cafés, and French soldiers resort to torture to break the will of the insurgents. Shot on the streets of Algiers in documentary style, the film is a case study in modern warfare, with its terrorist attacks and the brutal techniques used to combat them. Pontecorvo’s tour de force has astonishing relevance today.
The film will be introduced by Dr Marta Niccolai and will have English subtitles.
Hope to see you there!
Please allow me a little bit of shameless self-promotion…on Wednesday 4th December at 5,30pm I will give a presentation on Lorenza Mazzetti’s ‘London films’ during one of UCL’s Italian Department Research Seminar (Venue: Arts and Humanities Staff Common Room, Foster Court G24).
Lorenza Mazzetti made her first film K in 1954 while studying at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. In 1956, with the support of the Slade and the BFI, she completed Together with fellow students Michael Andrews and Eduardo Paolozzi in the roles of the two deaf-mute dockworkers living in the still semi-destroyed London’s East End. Together was one of the films screened at the first Free Cinema event at the NFT in 1956. In line with Free Cinema’s focus on subjectivity and poetic freedom, Mazzetti’s films reject traditional cinematic conventions and give life to a fascinating combination of Neorealist practices, radical documentary cinema and ‘Kitchen Sink’ drama.
As a woman and a foreigner in a British male-dominated world, Lorenza Mazzetti’s early works open up many questions about the relationship between British and Italian avant-garde cinema in the 1950s.
Please note: the talk will be followed by the screening of K and Together.
Thank you very much to all of you who attended the screening of Le Coccinelle yesterday evening. It was great to have your support! I hope you enjoyed it.
I will soon be posting news about our future events.