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:

– 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:

– 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:

– 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:


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.

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