Italia DOC 3

Dear All,

I‘m happy to announce the third season of Italia DOC, an exciting collaboration between UCL SELCS’s Department of Italian and FilmItalia/Istituto Luce that will bring to London an important series of free screenings of award-winning, contemporary Italian documentaries. All the films will be followed by Q&A sessions with the films’ directors.

All the screenings will take place at UCL’s Bloomsbury Studio at 7pm (doors open at 6.30pm).

Entrance is FREE, but booking is mandatory.

– 16 October 2018: Fuga per la libertà (Escape to Freedom, Emanuela Gasbarroni, 2018)

Synopsis: In the mid-1960s, Emanuela’s family hosted some refugees who had fled from Eastern Europe and were living in a refugee camp in Latina, 70 km south of Rome. In her house, there are still many photos and letters from that time and Emanuela decides to start looking for those people. What has become of their lives, and what they remember of that period of transition from the East to the West? After many years they make a painful journey into their past, remembering the pursuit of freedom, coming back to the refugee camp, meeting the people who worked there and finding many documents in the archives: photographs, cards, numbers and letters.

To book, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/escape-to-freedom-fuga-per-la-liberta-italia-doc-3rd-edition-free-screening-in-london-tickets-51040442337

– 20 November 2018: Vento di Soave (Wind of Swabia, Corrado Punzi, 2017)

Synopsis: What is life like in a southern Italian city, nestled between two of Europe’s largest industrial plants? What is left of the promises of progress and development? Two farmers living and working under the two plants and a somewhat fleeting environmentalist scuba diver try to prove the economic and health damage caused by the two factories. The press officer of the power plant, however, tells a completely different story. While the inhabitants of the city attend cultural and sporting events funded by the industries, truth and justice remain suspended and unattainable.

To book, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/italia-doc-free-screening-wind-of-swabia-vento-di-soave-20-nov-2018-tickets-51763409752

12 December 2018: L’ora d’acqua (A Breath of Water, Claudia Cipriani, 2018)

Synopsis: Mauro is a professional diver who works at great depths below oil platforms, in the middle of the sea. He must live in a small hyperbaric chamber for most of the year. In his spare time, he likes to teach his little friend Milo how to dive. When Milo helps Mauro accept the reality of how bored he is with life on the platforms, Mauro tries to realize his childhood dream: salvaging sunken ships. Over everything looms large the tragic silhouette of the Costa Concordia cruise ship where 32 people died when it was wrecked off the coast of Isola del Giglio in Italy on 13 January 2012 due to a collision with a submerged rock; the ship capsized hours later and was subsequently declared a total loss.

The film will be in Italian with English subtitles.

To book, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-breath-of-water-lora-dacqua-free-screening-italia-doc-in-london-12-dec-2018-tickets-53009481787

– 12 January 2019: Arrivederci Saigon (Wilma Labate, 2018)

Synopsis: They are very young and come from all over the industrial districts of Tuscany, so different from the famous hills of Chianti: the steelworks of Piombino, the port of Livorno and the Piaggio factories in Pontedera. It is the red province of “houses of the people” and the Italian Communist Party. Getting away from this region is a dream for them, but this is 1968 and everything is possible! They receive an offer they can’t turn down, a tour in the Far East: Manila, Hong Kong, Singapore. Armed with musical instruments and a desire to sing, they set off hoping for success but find themselves in the middle of a war, and the war is the real one of Vietnam. Fifty years later Le Stars tell the story of their adventure amongst American soldiers, remote jungle bases and soul music.

The film will be in Italian with English subtitles.

– 19 February 2019: Pagine nascoste (Hidden Pages, Sabrina Varani, 2017)

Synopsis: For the first time, the writer Francesca Melandri deals with the legacy of her father, a convinced Fascist during the Mussolini period. For a long time, his past was censored from his family’s memory but, through research in Italy and Ethiopia, his daughter investigates and re-elaborates it for her new novel, as she also studies Italy’s repression of its violent colonial past.

The film will be in Italian with English subtitles.

– 7 March 2019: Il sogno di Omero (The Dream of Homer, Emiliano Aiello, Silvia Luzi and Luca Bellino, 2018)

Synopsis: The Dream of Homer is the journey into the dreams of Rosa, Domenico, Gabriel, Daniela and Fabio: blind from birth, united by their condition and by the habit of narrating their dreams to a tape recorder, an oral diary that each one of them records every morning after getting out of bed. The film is a poetic exploration of how our dreams act to protect us, to secure us and to tell us and others something that could not even be imagined when awake.

The film will be in Italian with English subtitles.

The Q&As will be conducted by Dr Cristina Massaccesi (UCL SELCS – Italian).

With the coordination of Infallible London and with thanks to FilmItalia – Istituto Luce.

For information: c.massaccesi@ucl.ac.uk

Hope to see you there!

Cristina

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Italia DOC 2.0 – screening of Pagani on Tuesday 27 March

I’m very pleased to announce one extra screening for this year’s Italian documentary season. For info and to book your ticket, please go to UCL Bloomsbury Studio

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Italia DOC 2 at the Bloomsbury Studio

Dear All,

I‘m happy to announce the second season of Italia DOC, an exciting collaboration between UCL SELCS’s Department of Italian and FilmItalia/Istituto Luce that will bring to London an important series of free screenings of award-winning, contemporary Italian documentaries. All the films will be followed by Q&A sessions with the films’ directors.

All the screenings will take place at the Bloomsbury Studio at 7pm (doors open at 6.30pm).

Entrance is FREE, but booking is mandatory.

– 21 November 2017: Crazy for Football (dir. Volfango De Biasi)

  • David di Donatello 2017: Best documentary
  • Los Angeles – Italia 2017: Italian Cinema Today
  • Festa del Cinema di Roma 2016: Riflessi

Synopsis: A group of patients from Mental Health departments all around Italy, a psychiatrist, Santo Rullo as the team manager, a former 5-man football player, Enrico Zanchini as the coach and a world boxing champion, Vincenzo Cantatore, as the trainer. These are the protagonists of Crazy for Football, the documentary by Volfango De Biasi about the first Italian national ‘futsal’ team to compete in the world championships for psychiatric patients in Osaka. A film dedicated to football as a therapy and salvation.

To book: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/event-ticketing/booking/?ev=17033

 

– 12 December 2017: Surbiles (dir. Giovanni Columbu)

  • Annecy Cinema Italien 2017: Prima
  • Locarno Festival 2017: Signs of Life

Synopsis: The surbiles are women apparently like all the others but who abandon their physical body between sunset and dawn either in their sleep or by means of drugs. They enter houses where children live and suck their blood. In the past, these women were blamed in the villages of Central Sardinia for the sudden and inexplicable death of many children. Some surbiles appear as benevolent figures who protect children from evil ones and fierce battles take place between the immaterial bodies of the two species of surbiles. This film, emerging from an anthropological research, reconstructs and recounts a few of these stories.

To book: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/event-ticketing/booking/?ev=17034

 

– 16 January 2018: Il monte delle formiche (dir. Riccardo Palladino)

  • Annecy Cinema Italien 2017: Competition
  • Locarno Festival 2017: Concorso Cineasti del Presente

Synopsis: For centuries, every summer on September 8th, swarms of winged ants travel to the “Mount of Ants” in Italy, where they mate in flight: the impregnated female ones create new colonies while the male ants die on the ground, at the foot of the sanctuary built on the top of this mountain and dedicated to “Our Lady of The Ants”. Tourists, curious and faithful come here to witness this event. This singular phenomenon is the starting-point of the film’s reflection about the nature of ant and man, who can see himself mirrored in the little insects.

To book: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/event-ticketing/booking/?ev=17035

 

– 20 February 2018: L’ultima spiaggia (dir. Thanos Anastopoulos and Davide Del Degan)

  • Hot Docs 2017: World Showcase
  • Athens International Film Festival 2016: Stranger Than Fiction
  • Festival de Cannes 2016: Séances Spéciales
  • Festival du Film Italien de Villerupt 2016: Compétition
  • Haifa International Film Festival 2016: Golden Anchor Competition
  • Hellenic Film Academy Awards 2017: Best documentary

Synopsis: A popular beach in Trieste, North-East of Italy, where a wall still separates men from women. A year spent thinking about frontiers, identities and different generations. A tragicomic look on human nature.

To book: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/event-ticketing/booking/?ev=17036

 

The Q&As will be conducted by Dr Cristina Massaccesi (UCL SELCS – Italian).

With the coordination of Infallible London and with thanks to Pullman Hotels.

For information: c.massaccesi@ucl.ac.uk

Hope to see you there!

Cristina

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Italia DOC

Dear All,

I‘m happy to announce the birth of Italia DOC, an exciting collaboration between UCL SELCS’s Department of Italian and FilmItalia/IstitutoLuce (the national Italian Film Board) that will bring to London an important first series of free screenings of award-winning, contemporary Italian documentaries. All the italan-films-sponsorsfilms will be followed by Q&A sessions with the films’ directors.

All the screenings will take place at the Bloomsbury Studio at 7pm (doors open at 6.30pm).

Entrance is FREE, but booking is mandatory.

– 11 October 2016: Romeo e Giulietta (dir. Massimo Coppola)

  • Krakow Film Festival 2016: Documentary Competition
  • Uruguay International Film Festival 2016: Focus Italia
  • Italia in Doc – Brussels 2015
  • Madrid Italian Film Festival 2015: Best Documentary

Synopsis: Nino and Mary are two sixteen years old who live in a Roma encampment in the area of Rome’s Tor de’ Cenci. The documentary follows the attempt to produce Romeo and Juliet in a place where the plot of Shakespeare’s play is still absurdly topical: Nino and Mary, our Romeo and Juliet, really do belong to two feuding families drastically opposed to them acting together.

To book: www.thebloomsbury.com/event/run/16009

– 22 November 2016: I ricordi del fiume (Dir. Gianluca and Massimiliano De Serio)

  • Annecy Cinema Italien 2016: Focus sui documentari
  • De Rome à Paris 2016
  • DocuTIFF – Documentary Tirana International Film Festival 2016: Feature Competition
  • Open Roads: New Italian Cinema 2016
  • Visions du Reel 2016: International competition
  • La Biennale di Venezia 2015: Fuori Concorso

Synopsis: Over one thousand people of different nationalities live among rats and rubbish in shacks made of metal sheets and wood. It’s the Platz, one of the largest shanty towns in Europe, on the banks of the river Stura in Turin. Many children, women and old people have been living there for years in what has become a practically invisible microcosm that will soon no longer exist. By December 2014 a very ambitious project, with a high social impact and involving many problematic issues, envisaged the dismantling of the huts and the immediate relocation of the families into normal housing. I ricordi del fiume provides an account of the life in this shanty town during its last remaining days, amid distress, drama, hope and scenes from a different way of life.

To book: www.thebloomsbury.com/event/run/16010

– 24 January 2017: L’uomo che non cambiò la storia (dir. Enrico Caria)

  • La Biennale di Venezia 2016: Out of Competition in collaboration with Giornate degli Autori – Venice Days

Synopsis: The ‘man who didn’t change history’ was Ranuccio Bianchi Bandinelli, esteemed Italian scholar of Roman art and a founding father of Italian modern archaeology. A figure that the Fascist regime could be proud of, if it weren’t for the small fact that the professor was firmly anti-Fascist. Things came to a head over Hitler’s famous journey to Italy in 1938, when Bandinelli was courteously invited to accompany Mussolini and the Führer, serving as tour guide and interpreter at the museums and archaeological sites. He could have killed them. Despite being a most peaceful, quiet academic, the professor not only seriously considered the proposition, he actually started planning it in some detail. As he himself minutely recorded in a notebook that was found some years later, and published under the title Hitler and Mussolini 1938: the Führer’s Journey to Italy.

To book: www.thebloomsbury.com/event/run/16011

– 21 February 2017: Liberami (dir. Federica Di Giacomo)

  • La Biennale di Venezia 2016: Orizzonti – Best Film

Synopsis: Every year, in Italy, in Europe and in the world, a higher and higher number of people affirms to be possessed by the Devil. The Catholic Church responds to this situation training more and more priests in the practice of exorcism . The veteran Father Cataldo is one of them. Gloria, Enrico, Anna and Giulia follow Father Cataldo’s mass looking to be rid of their ‘condition’, for which they’re not able to find either labels nor answers. Liberami is a story about the modern practice of exorcism and the affected people’s everyday life: the contrast between ancient traditions and modern habits, between sacred and profane, meets in this astonishing documentary and reveals itself to be, at the same time, disturbing and hilarious.

To book: www.thebloomsbury.com/event/run/16012

 

The Q&As will be conducted by Dr Cristina Massaccesi (UCL SELCS – Italian).

With the coordination of Infallible London and with thanks to Pullman Hotels.

For information: c.massaccesi@ucl.ac.uk

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UCL and Devil’s Advocates – Screening of Frenzy (1972)

UCL SELCS and Auteur Books are very happy to announce a screening of Frenzy (Alfred Hitchcock, 1972). The film screening will take place on Wednesday 9th March at 18:30 in Pearson (North East Entrance) G22 LTimages

The film will be introduced by Ian Cooper. Ian has taught Film Theory and Contemporary Cinema at Birkbeck College from 1997 to 2003 and he is now a full time writer and screenwriter. He has published several books and studies, such as Witchfinder General (Auteur, 2011), Cultographies: Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (University of Columbia Press, 2011) the introduction to D. Harlan Wilson’s novel Peckinpah: An Ultraviolent Romance (2009) and a chapter in Screening the Undead (IB Tauris, 2014). He will shortly publish Frightmares: A History of British Horror Cinema followed in 2017 with a volume in the ‘Devil’s Advocates’ series on Frenzy (both Auteur Publishing).

The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Tickets are free of charge but seats are limited and booking is essential. To book tickets go to Eventbrite.

For information: c.massaccesi@ucl.ac.uk

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UCL and Devil’s Advocates – Screening of Dead of Night (1945)

Hello!

UCL SELCS and Auteur Books are very happy to announce a screening of Dead of Night (Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden and Robert Hamer, 1945). The screening will take place on Wednesday 2 December at 6.20pm in Pearson (North East Entrance) G22 LT.

The film will be introduced by Jez Conolly. Jez is co-editor, with Caroline Whelan, of three books in the World Film Locations series (Dublin, Reykjavik and Liverpool) published by Intellect. He writes regularly for The Big Picture magazine and website and has contributed to numerous other cinema books and journals. Devil’s Advocates: Dead of Night, published by Auteur in November 2015 and co-written with David Owain Bates, is his second book in the series, the first was published in 2013 and concerned John Carpenter’s The Thing. When not writing, Jez is Head of Student Engagement for University of Bristol Library Services.41v+AqUhazL._SX351_BO1,204,203,200_

‘Nearly 60 years on, Ealing’s compendium of spooky tales remains scary as hell. The best of the five stories, which we see enacted as they’re related in turn by guests at a country house, are Cavalcanti’s ‘The Ventriloquist’s Dummy’, with Redgrave possessed by his deceptively lifeless little partner, and Hamer’s ‘The Haunted Mirror’, with the splendid Withers a reluctant participant as history repeats itself; least frightening, but amusing, are Radford and Wayne as typically obsessive sporting coves in Crichton’s ‘Golfing Story’. Best of all, however, is the overall narrative arc, with the framing story finally taking a headlong rush into a nightmarish realm almost surreal in its weird clarity and familiarity.’ (Time Out)

The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with the audience chaired by Dr Cristina Massaccesi (UCL SELCS). For info: c.massaccesi@ucl.ac.uk

Tickets are free of charge but seats are limited and booking through Eventbrite is essential. Please, do let us know if you have to cancel your booking in order to give someone else the chance to attend the event. Dead-of-Night-006

Hope to see you there!

Cristina

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UCL and Devil’s Advocates – Screening of Black Sunday (Mario Bava, 1960)

Hello everyone!

After a short break, I’m very pleased to announce that UCL SELCS and Auteur Books have organised a screening of Mario Bava’s Black Sunday (1960). The screening will take place on Thursday 29th October at 6pm in Chadwick B05 LT. The film will be introduced by Martyn Conterio, an editor and journalist specialising in Italian horror who has contributed to Time Out’s Horror Survey and writes for Little White Lies, The Guardian, Total Film and Rue Morgue. Martyn has recently published a study of Black Sunday in the series Devil’s Advocates (Auteur, 2015). 9781906733834The film screening will be followed by a Q&A.

‘With Black Sunday, Mario Bava created what many consider to be one of the most definitive titles in Gothic horror cinema. Adapted from a short story by Nikolai Gogol, the film was banned in Britain for eight years, largely because of its strangely poetic fusion of morbid sexuality and graphic violence, highly unusual for the time. […] Released in the same year as Peeping Tom, Psycho, The Fall of the House of Usher and Eyes Without a Face, Conterio identifies the film as a work which significantly pushed cinematic boundaries in terms of sex and violence and further contextualisation highlights its significance in post-war cinema and the birth of Italian horror.’ (James Gracey, http://www.exquisiteterror.com)

Tickets are free of charge but seats are limited and booking through Eventbrite is essential. Please, do let me know if you have to cancel your booking in order to give someone else the chance to attend the event. 1349376023_1

Hope to see you there!

Cristina

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