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.

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– 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.

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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.

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– 15 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.

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  • Extra screening: 20 March 2019: Aperti al pubblico (Open to the Public, Silvia Bellotti, 2017) Promoted abroad with the support of Mibac and SIAE, as part of “S’illumina- Copia privata per i giovani, per la cultura

Synopsis: Naples. Tuesday and Friday, when the offices are open to the public, employees receive users who live in the 40,000 dwellings managed by the Institute. Their primary task is to find practical solutions to citizens’ problems and start off the bureaucratic procedures to make them happen. It’s not always easy to pinpoint the right procedures for dealing with requests and the office is often the scene of some very lively discussions. At other times, however, the personal stories and passionate entreaties of the appellants soften even the most hard-­hearted officials, convincing them to do what they can to ease the wheels of bureaucracy. At those times the rooms of the Institute become a stage where everyone tries their utmost to achieve their goals and get a bit of understanding.

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:

Hope to see you there!


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