Friday, February 24, 2012 - Friday, March 23, 2012
Italy in Film 1978-2008
Friday Night at the Movies
The IIC presents a selection of five films that explore main changes and issues in Italian society. The sequence of movies follows a chronological order of events from the 1970s to the 2000s, as well as five key themes: Mafia and Family (I cento passi), Politics (Il Divo), Work (La febbre), Economy (Il gioiellino), and Immigration (Scontro di civiltà per un ascensore a Piazza Vittorio).
All movies are in Italian with English subtitles.
The series is hosted by prof. Andrea Bini (MA in Film studies at the University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D. in Italian studies at UCLA). He is currently teaching Italian literature and film at Santa Clara University and has just published two chapters in the book Popular Italian Cinema: Culture and Politics in a Postwar Society (Tauris Academic Studies, 2011), edited by Flavia Brizio-Skow.
Friday, February 24 at 6:30 pm
The Divo by Paolo Sorrentino (2008, 110 min.)
A biographical drama film based on the figure of seven time Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti. The legend is only enhanced by the great performance here by Toni Servillo, an actor who succeeds in making him hypnotizing by supplying him with an almost cheerful lack of the slightest magnetism.
Friday, March 2 at 6:30 pm
One Hundred Steps by Marco Tullio Giordana (2000, 114 min.)
The life of “Peppino” Impastato who opposed the Mafia in Sicily when almost nobody dared to speak about it and was later killed by a bomb. The title refers to the number of steps it took to get from the Impastato’s house to the house of the Mafia boss.
Friday, March 9 at 6:30 pm
The Fever by Alessandro D’Alatri (2005, 108 min.)
Mario, a young building surveyor, decides to follow his dream to open a nightclub with a group of friends. All his enthusiasm, his ideas and his projects shall suddenly be viewed by the world that surrounds him as a contagious disease to be cured as soon as possible.
Friday, March 16 at 6:30 pm
The Jewel by Andrea Molaioli (2011, 110 min.)
This film is based on the real life Parmalat scandal in Italy. Remo Girone stars as the lightly fictionalized CEO who turns a small shop into a multinational concern and then drives it to the brink of destruction in an attempt to play the markets.
Friday, March 23 at 6:30 pm
Clash of Civilization Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio by Isotta Toso (2010, 96 min.)
The movie is a free adaptation of the novel by Amara Lakhous. In Rome, Piazza Vittorio is a multi-ethnic area. A sudden death breaks the unstable equilibrium and suspicions arise.
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Date: Friday, February 24, 2012 - Friday, March 23, 2012
Time: Fridays at 6:30 pm
Location: Istituto Italiano di Cultura
Organized by: Istituto Italiano di Cultura
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