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03 April 2013

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Cleveland International Film Festival

 

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April 3 – 14, 2013

Cleveland, Tower City Cinemas

 

The 37th Cleveland International Film Festival will take place April 3th and April 14th, 2013. Over the past four years, the Italian cinema has helped to increase the frequency of the number of participants, the number of feature films and short films and as a result the internationality of the event.

 

The first Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) was organized by Jonathan Forman and presented April 13 - June 2, 1977 at the Cedar Lee Theatre in Cleveland Heights. The first CIFF received substantial media attention and attendance indicated that Clevelanders wanted a broader schedule.
By its third year, the CIFF had grown to include feature films from around the world, children's films, retrospectives, and short subjects. Guest filmmakers regularly attended the Film Festival to introduce their films and answer audience questions. Moreover a fall program of international films became an annual part of the organization's presentations for a number of years.
In January 1991, the Board of Trustees voted to move the Film Festival from the Cedar Lee Theatre to Tower City Cinemas in downtown Cleveland, making the event more accessible and increasing, over the years, the partecipation.
The Festival continues to grow in every capacity with increases in the number of staff, volunteers, guest filmmakers, community partners, media sponsors, regional partners, venues, and films.
The Cleveland International Film Festival is the premier film event between New York and Chicago. Today's CIFF includes a full survey of contemporary international filmmaking with approximately 150 feature films and 130 short subject films from over 60 countries.
Every year thousands of people come from all over the world to see independent films, short films, and short commercial clips. Many people stay right in the downtown area, so that they can attend films during the entire ten days of the Film Festival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11 April 2013

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Atlanta Italian Film Festival

 

April 11 - 14, 2013

Atlanta

 

Sixth Edition of the Italian Film Festival in Atlanta, under the auspices of the Consulate General of and in cooperation with the Atlanta International Film Festival. The Film Festival takes place during a 4 day period with the screening of 7 movies, an opening reception and closing reception. The Festival includes lectures, short films and a year long monthly free screenings.

 

Contatto: Claudio Di Persia , President Cinemaitaly
Claudio@cinemaitaly.com

 

11 April 2013

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Fashion and Film Italian Style during the Post WWII Economic Boom

 

A Lecture by Prof. Eugenia Paulicelli (Queens College/CUNY Graduate Center)

 

April 11, 2013

Montclair, NJ

Montclair State University

 

This lecture includes a short introduction to the history of Italian fashion and an in-depth reading of the relationships between fashion and film in the late 1950s and early 1960s. As industries and cultural manifestations, fashion and film share many similar qualities and have always influenced each other in different ways. Bound to emotions, desire and the experience of modernity, they are both spectacle and performance. Since its inception, especially during periods of great transformations such as economic booms, movie-going for both men and women was akin to attending a fashion parade. Before the explosion of digital technology, access to fashion for the masses was mediated through cinema and the genre of the fashion film, a phenomenon that continues nowadays to a degree. Drawing on films by Antonioni, Fellini and others, the lecture will illustrate how the marriage between fashion and film launched the modern image of Italy as we know it today. The lecture will include clips and stills from Italian movies. 

 

19 April 2013

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A Controversial Identity: Cinema in Contemporary Italy

 

On April 19 and 20, the Film Program and the Italian Department at Yale, in collaboration with the Whitney Humanities Center, organize an international conference entitled “A Controversial Identity: Cinema in Contemporary Italy.”  

 

April 19-20, 2013

New Haven

Yale University

 

The conference “A Controversial Identity: Cinema in Contemporary Italy” is a follow-up to a previous event held at Yale in February, 2011 entitled “Controversial Modernity: Cinema, Industry and Society in Italian Documentaries from ENI Archives.”  The international conference, that will bring together Italian and American scholars, offers the occasion for exploring a series of themes that are at the center of contemporary research pursuits in the field.  The question of Italian identity will be approached in sociological, semiological, and political terms in the face of an increasingly globalized world, where the sense of place risks losing itself, while on the other hand, reappearing in increasingly closed forms.

 

The conference is organized by Francesco Casetti, Professor in the Humanities Program and Film Program, and by Millicent Marcus, Professor of Italian at Yale. 

 

The event takes place at Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven, Room 208

 

The conference is sided also by screenings. Film to be shown (TBD)

April 18, Magnifica presenza at 7:30 pm
April 19, Cesare deve morire at 7:30 pm
April 20, Habemus papam, at 7:00 pm and at 9:30 pm
April 21, Io sono Li, at 13:00 pm and ITALY Love It or Leave It at 4:00 pm

 

26 April 2013

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ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL USA

 

March 26 to May 5, 2013

St. Louis (MO), Detroit (MI), Milwaukee (WI), Kansas City (KS), Pittsburgh (PA), Cleveland (OH), Denver (CO), Columbia (MO), Chicago (IL), Indianapolis (IN) and Memphis (TN).

 

The Italian Film Festival USA will take place in eleven Midwestern and Mountain State cities of theUnited States from March 26 to May 5, 2013. Our internet website is www.italianfilmfests.org. The festival is free and open to the general public, thanks to the support of many sponsors. All films are in Italian with English subtitles. During 2012 more than 8000 spectators came to the festival.

 

The Italian Film Festival USA is organized by the Italian Film Festival of St. Louis, a 501 (c)(3) non- profit organization. The festival began in 2005 in St. Louis, thus 2013 will be the ninth year of the festival.

 

Our objective is to provide the public the opportunity to see films that have not yet or may never be seen locally, always with the scope to elevate the awareness of and educate the public about Italy-its land, people, culture, and language.

 

The majority of the film are shown on the campuses of prestigious universities, such as Washington University in St. Louis, University of Pittsburgh, University of Memphis, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, University of Denver, Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Johnson County College in Kansas City, Wayne State University in Detroit, Oakland University in Detroit and the University of Michigan. University professors collaborate to select and introduce the films.

 

Scheduled films are: Terra Firma by Emanuele Crialese; Piazza Fontana: The Italian Conspiracy by Marco Tullio Giordana; The Entrepreneur by Giuliano Montaldo, The Human Cargo by Daniele Vicari; It Was The Son by Daniele Ciprì; One day more by Massimo Venier; Escort in Love by Massimiliano Bruno; Even If It Is Love You Don’t See It by Salvatore Ficarra and Valentino Picone; and Torment by Filiberto Scarpelli. Other films will be inserted are we negotiate with distributors.

 

There will be between 3 and 12 screening in each city, depending on the availability of the university venue. Thus not all films will be shown in each city. Each film will be a premiere in that city.

 

28 April 2013

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Next Stop Italy: a Journey into Italian Contemporary Photography

 

Phillips Collection - March 9 – April 28, 2013
Library of Congress - April 4, 2013

Washington DC, The Phillips Collection

 

Poetry and photography … in motion. This is the concept underlying the ‘poetry on the bus’ initiative that carried verses and images by Italian poets photographers around Washington by bus and then brought them together in an exhibition at the prestigious Phillips Collection, a jewel in the crown of the capital city’s meeting spaces for culture, art, and photography.

 

The journey, the motion, the image. Following the posters on District of Columbia buses of images shot by Italian photographers alongside poetry verses from the best of Italian poets (Montale, Pavese, and Ungaretti, just to name a few), the travelling collection of photographs and poetry is brought together in an ideal exhibition space, the prestigious Phillips Collection. The Phillips Collection is not just a gallery. It is the oldest museum of modern art in the U.S., a favorite venue for concerts, lectures, and conversations with artists, and it is home to the Center for the Study of Modern Art.

 

Gabriele Basilico, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Mario Cresci, Renato D’Agostin, Andrea Galvani, Luigi Ghirri, Mimmo Jodice, Nino Migliori, Francesco Nonino, Bianca Sforni, Franco Vaccari, and Paolo Ventura: the best of Italian photography in 12 frames by both established and up and coming artists. From landscapes in black and white that evoke the past, to movements frozen in action, to surrealist figures, the exhibit takes travelers on a journey through various stages in Italian photography that carries Italian creativity and culture to the New World. 

 

 

More info about the exhibition: http://www.phillipscollection.org/exhibitions/2013-03-09-exhibition-next-stop-italy.aspx

 

 

 

29 April 2013

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Star Wigs

 

An exhibit/event on manufacturing and styling of wigs for film, a profession critical to the success of a film that exists since the birth of this industry

 

April 29 - May 11, 2013

Washington DC

Embassy of Italy

 

Press review

 

While in Hollywood the use of digital techniques in the movie industry is well accepted, in Italy is still alive the tradition of handicrafts and the professional arts with the aim of enhancing the appreciation of heritage and cultural creativity' Made in Italy. In contrast with the maniacal American attitude for “technicality” and its giant presence around the world, the Italian film school prefers to make its characters more vital, humane and animate thanks to an artisan small Italian industry, Rocchetti&Rocchetti, which can still create a very unique product: the Wigs, which are so important for generating a movie and theatrical characters. So, you can appreciate how Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoniette, Fellini’s Casanova, Visconti’s Angelica and so on have become such a vital characters.

 

The main purpose of Star Wigs Exhibition is to reveal a profession that has been always hidden in the backstage, a tribute to one of the most important crafts in the film industry and to the skilled artisans who work away from the spotlight to create the heads of the stars. The Italian excellence of Rocchetti &Rocchetti, which connects quality and knowhow, will be shown in this exhibition about 30 wigs along with other materials such as videos (documentary by Dante Ferretti), original wood casts created for Sophia Loren, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Leonardo Di Caprio, Robert Duvall, Harvey Keitel, and Gerard Depardieu, original stage costumes (about 15), and a collection of digital re collage of the Duo Brivido Pop inspired by “La Dolce Vita”.

 

BRIVIDO POP AND THE STARS (from “50s and La Dolce Vita Style” LA- November 2010) – We can see, hanging on the walls, Pop revisits that mix up icons of the so-called years of “La Dolce Vita” with Raphael's Madonnas and Caravaggio's Medusa. An example of this is the picture of Anita Ekberg coming out from a shell like Botticelli's Venus and then accompanied by Mastroianni in Via Veneto, where Fellini is directing the scene. Then we can admire a re collage with Audrey Hepburn starring in Sabrina, in the middle of two Ingrid Bergman.

 

ROCCHETTI & ROCCHETTI
With his team of 16 expert craftsmen, all women, led by Fernanda Rocchetti - who at the age of 88 still labors tirelessly - Rocchetti & Rocchetti has been working for the entertainment industry since 1874. The workshop, which over the years has become internationally renowned, makes wigs for movies, theatre and television. Among their creations are Robert De Niro’s head in Once upon a time in America, Robert Duvall’s in Hotel Colonial and Al Pacino’s in The Devil’s Advocate. Rocchetti &Rocchetti also created the grey heads of Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman in Driving Miss Daisy, contributing to Manlio Rocchetti’s 1990 Oscar - the first ever given to an Italian in the “best make up” category. Luigi Rocchetti,Manlio’s brother, is also a leading makeup artist working in the international movie business. Founded in 1874 by Manlio Rocchett, who left the wig business to his son Silvano, Fernanda’s husband, the workshop has established many collaborations with talented hair designers and costume designers like Piero Tosi, Danilo Donati, Milena Canonero and Gabriella Pescucci. Over time, Rocchetti & Rocchetti has become an essential point of reference in Hollywood, making wigs for major films like Gangs of New York, The Scarlet Letter, Moulin Rouge!, Tristan and Isolde, Casanova, and Marie Antoinette.

 

Photos from the exhibit:
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