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.
UCL’s Italian Film Club is glad to announce the screening + Q&A of Le Coccinelle – A Transsexual Melodrama (Emanuela Pirelli, 2012) on Thursday 14th November at 6pm (Taviton (16) 432).
In the working-class areas of Naples, private ceremonies are a thriving business. This is one of the few areas in the world where the stars are not the internationally-renowned ones promoted by MTV but are home-grown singers. At wedding parties, which may last over twelve hours, the performers enthral relatives and friends of the hosts throughout a gargantuan banquet. Weddings, first communions, christenings, birthdays and neighbourhood celebrations form the background to Le Coccinelle shows that entertain an audience consumed with curiosity. Children are entranced and the women are moved by the show of Le Coccinelle. The ties that bind the women with the Neapolitan transsexuals are ancient and deep and except for ceremonies, only women are allowed to watch their performances.
In restaurant dining rooms decked out in fake Baroque style, Le Coccinelle sing and perform their acts. They tell stories of prostitution, of the judgement by Naples’s upper class, of the hypocrisy of their clients; but they also recount their friendships with the women of the back streets and the Neapolitans’ joyous way of life.
The photographer and filmmaker Emanuela Pirelli met Tonino, leading performer of Le Coccinelle, five years ago while working on a photographic project on Naples’s transsexuals. After hearing his story, she wanted to meet the other members of the group and started following them during their shows around Naples where she got to know their fans and friends.
The director Emanuela Pirelli is a young photographer and filmmaker from Naples. She graduated at the Rome’s Institute of Photography and Communication and did photo reportage work for magazines and agencies in Naples, Rome, Milan, Amsterdam and Berlin. In 2002 she attended the Documentary School by Doc/it and Zelig. Since then she has worked as camera operator and assistant director for documentaries, news and TV formats for both Italian and foreign productions. She directed behind the scenes, arts films and filmed for several documentaries such as Winners and Losers (2007) by Lech Kowalsky.
The film (in Italian with English subtitles) will be introduced by Nicola G. Ibba and will be followed by a Q&A with the director.
Hope to see you there!