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!


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Free Screening and Q&A of ‘Leopardi – Il giovane favoloso’ – Wednesday 19th November

UCL’s Italian Film Club and Infallible Productions Ltd. are happy to announce a free screening of Leopardi. Il giovane favoloso (2014) that will be followed by a Q&A with director Mario Martone and co-screenwriter Ippolita Di Majo chaired by Dr Beatrice Sica (UCL).

The film screening will take place on Wednesday 19 November at 6pm in the Christopher Ingold XLG1 Chemistry LT ( Please note that although the event is free of charge, ticketing is mandatory through Eventbrite ( The film will be in Italian with English subtitles.

‘Giacomo Leopardi is one of the most important and influential poets in Italian literary history. Director Mario Martone’s film, a scrupulously researched and cinematically staged period biopic, gives us the full sweep of the restless and often terribly unhappy events of Leopardi’s life, set within the turbulent context of early 19th-century Italian society, politics and literature. However this is no academic exercise – it is a powerful, moving search for identity and artistic self-expression by a brilliant misfit, memorably played by Elio Germano (My Brother is an Only ChildAs God Commands)’ – Adrian Wootton (CEO Film London).

For information, please send an email to

Hope to see you there!



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UCL Research Seminar – Wednesday 29th October

This event is not related to cinema but you would still be welcome to attend…


Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 6pm
UCL, Italian Seminar Room, Foster Court 351


Luca Baldoni (James Madison University – Florence) will be in conversation with Flaviano Pisanelli (Universitè Paul Valery – Montpellier III) to present and discuss the poetry collection “Le parole tra gli uomini. Antologia di poesia gay italiana dal Novecento al presente” (Robin Edizioni, 2012).

The seminar will be in Italian and will be chaired by Nicola G. Ibba

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Please note that Luca Baldoni and Flaviano Pisanelli will be at the Italian Bookshop (5 Warwick Street) on Thursday 30th October at 6,30pm for a poetry reading.

Hope to see you there!


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A quick update

Hello everyone!

I hope you are enjoying the summer (that seems to be sunnier and warmer in the UK rather than in Italy for a change…). UCL’s Italian Film Club is currently on holidays but come October, we will begin a new season of screenings and events. Keep an eye on this page for updates and see you soon! 




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Reel Islington Film Festival 2014

Dear All,

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.


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La battaglia di Algeri – Thursday 30 January

Dear All,

A quick reminder about the screening of La battaglia di Algeri this coming Thursday at 6pm.

Hope to see you there!


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La Battaglia di Algeri – Thursday 30 January

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!



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