Screening of Italiani Veri – Thursday 15th January

Dear All,

It’s a great pleasure to announce the next event of UCL’s Italian Film Club. On Thursday 15th January 2015 at 6pm we will host the first UK screening of Italiani Veri (2013,, a documentary film by Marco Raffaini and Giuni Ligabue. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Marco Raffaini.

The film follows the extraordinary success of Italian popular music (musica leggera) in Russia and in the former Soviet Union Republics over the last 50 years. After spending some time in Russia, one quickly realises that Italian popular music is highly and widely appreciated by older and younger generations alike. Italian popular music triggers strong emotions in Russian people, regardless of their social or cultural background.

The film charts this astonishing story through a series of interviews with the main actors of this success (Robertino, Al Bano, Pupo, Toto Cutugno), with the Russian singers who have performed with them (Tat’jana Bulanova, Svetlana Svetikova, Diana Gurtskaja), with representatives of the S. Petersburg’s underground scene (Oleg Garkusha, Viktor Sologub), music critics journalists, University professors and simple Italian music fans.

The screening will take place in Physics A1/3 (for directions see:

The film will be in Russian and Italian with English subtitles.

Hope to see you there!


locandina ita

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4 Responses to Screening of Italiani Veri – Thursday 15th January

  1. Diego Porzio says:

    Thank you, Cristina.
    I would like to come along to the screening.
    Do I need to book anywhere?


  2. Hi Cristina, I would love to come too, with some friends (Marco is an old acquaintance and he just told me about the screening). Will 18 be strict? All us rat-race workers finish at 18 and although I work very near it will take me some 15-10 minutes to come tu UCL 🙂

    • Hi Elena, thank you for your message and for your interest in the event! With one thing and the other – technical set up, short introduction, general pleasantries 🙂 – the films almost never begin at 6pm sharp. Don’t worry! Hope to see you next week then! Best, C

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