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After the runaway success of its first edition that registered complete sell outs for all screenings, ITALIA DOC comes back to London.
The only official UK series of screenings of contemporary Italian documentaries starts again on 21st November 2017 at 7pm!
Thanks to an important collaboration between UCL University College London and FilmItalia, all the screenings, which will take place at The Bloomsbury studio in London, will be FREE and followed by a Q&A session between Dr. Cristina Massaccesi and the film directors. 
All screenings will be in Italian with English subtitles.
Last year all the screenings were sold out: book your tickets in advance!

The first documentary to be screened will be ‘Crazy for Football’ by Volfango De Biasi on 21st November 2017 at 7pm

A group of patients from Mental Health departments all around Italy, a psychiatrist, Santo Rullo as the team manager, a former five-man football player, Enrico Zanchini as the coach and a world boxing champion, Vincenzo Cantatore, as the trainer. These are the protagonists of Crazy for Football, the documentary by Volfango De Biasi about the first Italian national ‘futsal’ team to compete in the world championships for psychiatric patients in Osaka. A film dedicated to football as a therapy and salvation.


• David di Donatello 2017: Best documentary • Los Angeles – Italia 2017: Italian Cinema Today • Festa del Cinema di Roma 2016: Riflessi

Free event

The following screenings will be

Tuesday 12th December at 7:00pm

Surbiles by Giovanni Columbu

The Surbiles are women apparently like all the others but who abandon their physical body between sunset and dawn either in their sleep or by means of drugs. They enter houses where children live and suck their blood. In the past, these women were blamed in the villages of Central Sardinia for the sudden and inexplicable death of many children. Some surbiles appear as benevolent figures who protect children from evil ones and fierce battles take place between the immaterial bodies of the two species of surbiles. This film, emerging from an anthropological research, reconstructs and recounts a few of these stories.

Free event

Book your tickets here https://www.thebloomsbury.com/event/run/17034

Tuesday 16th January at 7:00pm

Il monte delle formiche dir. Riccardo Palladino

For centuries, every summer on September 8th, swarms of winged ants travel to the “Mount of Ants” in Italy, where they mate in flight: the impregnated females create new colonies while the male ants die on the ground, at the foot of the sanctuary built on the top of this mountain and dedicated to “Our Lady of The Ants”. Tourists, curious and faithful, come here to witness this event. This singular phenomenon is the starting-point of the film’s reflection about the nature of ant and man, who can see himself mirrored in the little insects.

Free event

Book your tickets here https://www.thebloomsbury.com/event/run/17035

Tue, 20th February at 7:00pm

L’ultima Spiaggia dir. Thanos Anastopoulos and Davide Del Degan
A popular beach in Trieste, North-East of Italy, where a wall still separates men from women. A year spent thinking about frontiers, identities and different generations. A tragicomic look on human nature.

Free event

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In the hills of Alto Molise, in Agnone,Mercedes rises at 3.30 to prepare loaves for the wood fired oven, using logs from her woods, and grain from her fields. The pane casereccio of her childhood was nothing like modern bread, even from the best local bakers.

Using methods traditional in her family, alternating crops, using animal ‘sterco’ (manure, no chemicals) and keeping part of their 15 hectares fallow, she’s able to produce a high quality wheat, with only a small amount of gluten. I love rising early and driving out to the little forno to chat with Mercedes, although I have never been there before 6.30!

30 kilos of bread are made daily and once that’s done, Mercedes makes delicious trays of pizza and a traditional breakfast cake, ‘pagnottini’, sweetened with a little local honey. A small quantity of potato in the dough, keeps the bread softer for longer – a very old recipe from a time when bread needed to last weeks. And hers does, in fact, it’s better after a few days.

It’s a long morning, and around 10.30 Mercedes cleans up and shuts the bakery, tending next to the vegetable garden. The whole family helps with the grain fields – but then the house needs cleaning, and there are all the other chores. When the family’s 25 goats are giving milk, she also makes cheese, and once a year they slaughter a pig.

An immersion holiday experience in an Italian small town where no one speaks English.

Her son, Luca, who’s very capable and entrepreneurial, would like to carry on the work and expand the smallholding but he’s been forced to find a factory job. This kind of rural life is dying out because laws and heavy taxes make it pretty much impossible for the younger generation to earn a living.

Baking was traditionally a women’s job – and the men tended the land. But today, with regulations really working against small farmers, the women have to keep the land singlehandedly and bake, while the men get jobs in factories, or run their own enterprises. An example of this is our driver, Fernando – he’s a cattle farmer, but has a 9-seater vehicle and a thriving taxi service. Mina, his wife looks after and milks their 50 dairy cows.

Mercedes is an engaging and amusing woman, full of insights and observations. She’s cautious about the future but resourceful, and tough. It’s an incredible pleasure and privilege to spend time in the bakery as she works, tasting the crusty pizza with tomatoes and herbs, right from her garden. She tells me stories and from time to time I have to say, piano piano, per favore, piano, as she gets caught up in a memory, and her words start to tumble out far too fast. I can honestly say I’ve never eaten pizza like hers. Next summer I’m bringing our students out for breakfast before Italian lessons starts. I can’t wait, Jenifer

Jenifer is the founder and owner of Live and Learn Italian; an immersion holiday experience in a small town where no one speaks English.


Meet and engage with the locals, study with qualified teachers, and practise the language. liveandlearnitalian.com

Contact Jenifer @ jenifer@liveandlearnitalian.com


Where to study Italian: Agnone, Molise


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Molti studenti  usano il pronome “chi” al posto del pronome “che”, questo succede spesso  agli studenti francesi o a quelli che hanno studiato francese. Per questo motivo ho deciso di creare degli esempi e delle semplici attività per memorizzare quando e come usare chi, che e cui.

Level a2+

Per unire due frasi con lo stesso soggetto usiamo > che

Mia sorella abita in Italia + mia sorella arriva domani.

Mia sorella che abita in Italia, arriva domani.

Il giocatore è argentino+ il giocatore ha segnato molti gol.

Il giocatore che ha segnato molti gol, è argentino.

Per unire due frasi con soggetto diverso e la presenza di verbi accompagnati da preposizioni usiamo > preposizione + cui

n.b.ricorda che non usiamo il pronome che con le preposizioni.

Ascolta! È questa la canzone  di cui ti parlavo! (parlare di una canzone, di+ cui)

L’appartamento in cui abito, appartiene ai miei genitori. ( abitare in una casa, in+cui)

Mike è russo+ io abito con Mike

Mike, il ragazzo con cui abito, è russo.

il libro è un giallo+ ti parlavo di un libro francese

Il libro francese di cui ti parlavo è un giallo.

Quando vogliamo dire “la gente che/le persone che”  usiamo > chi

Non sopporto le persone che mangiano mentre parlano- Non sopporto la gente che mangia mentre parla.

Non sopporto chi mangia mentre parla.

In una frase interrogativa, una domanda usiamo >chi

Allora, chi vuole venire con me al cinema?



Completa con che, chi e cui+ preposizioni.

  1.  ……….è il ragazzo che hanno arrestato?
  2. La regione italiana ………. vengono molti italiani a Londra, è la Campania.
  3. La città italiana ……….. si guadagna di più, è Milano.
  4. I bambini ……….. fanno sport ogni settimana, sono più sani.
  5. L’infermiera ……………….ho parlato, è stata molto gentile.
  6. Ho letto il libro ……….. mi hai dato.
  7. Catia non ha guardato il film ………… le ho consigliato.
  8. Il blu è il colore ……….. preferisco.
  9. Non mi fido di ………… non ti guarda negli occhi quando ti parla.
  10. Carlo è uno ………… non guarda negli occhi mentre ti parla.

Continua con

Essere vs Stare> how to use

Passato prossimo o imperfetto?

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….going back to the old days when granny made pasta for the whole family

On Sunday 5th of November we will start at 11.00am and we will speak Italian ..

so also a short introduction on cooking terminology will be given by the Italian teacher who will help with the vocabulary and assist during the preparation.

These cooking lessons are for everyone in a very pleasant atmosphere and as part of an informal, informative and fun day!

So………Let’s Mani in pasta!

Simona will teach you how to make pasta dough from scratch: kneading, rolling and encourage your creativity and finally closing to make the real handmade Italian pasta con farina di castagne.
And after we will enjoy what has been prepared, eating all together our Italian  pasta with chestnut flour!

But no worries, there will be some for you to take home too..

By taking part in this “Pasta lesson”, participants will expand and deepen their knowledge of Italian language and food culture.

A glass of Prosecco and nibbles on arrival will welcome you

When:  November 5th from 11.00am to 3.00pm

Where: Casa Tua- Camden 176 Royal College St, London NW1 0SP

Cost: £39.90 per head which includes all the ingredients, the use of equipment, Prosecco and nibbles on arrival.

Search & Compare Italian Courses

Few places available, booking essential

Organizers: Antonio & Giuseppe

Booking required:gamoroso77@gmail.com    antonio.lucicesare@gmail.com


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A party with the students for the students of Italian!

Among our students of Italian there are many who are very talented in different fields… music, photography, writing, fashion and so on..

So, why don’t you come to support them?  Let’s celebrate with your classmates and your teachers.

On the evening, two students of Italian will:

– exhibit photos
– present a book on the composer George Handel

plus la riffa: Win 1 week language course in Italy with Sorrento lingue, School of Italian in Sorrento

+ Spritz, Aperitivo Italiano, Canapes and a good chat in Italian

When: October 24 from 6.30am

Where: Casa Tua King’s Cross, 106-108 Cromer Street WC1H 8BZ

Tube:  King’s Cross
When:  Tuesday 24th of October from 6.30pm to 10.00pm
Entry:  £ 10   (1 Spritz/ glass of wine and Apulian typical finger food)

Organizers: Antonio & Giuseppe

Booking required:

gamoroso77@gmail.com    antonio.lucicesare@gmail.com

Would you like to present your work? Next time it could be your turn! Get in contact with us.

A party with the students for the students of Italian!

Among our students of Italian there are many who are very talented in different fields… music, photography, writing, fashion and so on..

So, why don’t you come to support them?  Let’s celebrate with your classmates and your teachers.

Festival Italiano di Letteratura a Londra 

Two days of events, over 30 speakers, authors and thinkers from different backgrounds, established writers and younger radical ones. Italian, British, and international voices will discuss literature and topics such as migration, politics, Italy, the present and future of London, and how Brexit is already affecting novels and poems. 

That is the formula of the Festival of Italian Literature in London / Festival Italiano di Letteratura a Londra (FILL), which will take place at the Coronet Theatre Notting Hill on October 21 and 22, 2017. 

The programme includes “Citizens of Nowhere?” with Strega Prize winner Melania Mazzucco and Franco-American author Lauren Elkin, “Italian Politics for Dummies”, “Getaway to Europe”, “The Last London?” (with Iain Sinclair, Olivia Laing and Tate Modern senior curator Andrea Lissoni). And again, Zerocalcare (Italy’s most beloved cartoonist), the novel that inspired “Suburra” (Netflix’s new Original Series), the secret history of Italian and British music with Rob Young of The Wire, and way much more – including an atmospheric bar, a book stall run by The Italian Bookshop , Italian street food, and DJ sets.

Nearly all events will be in English or in Italian with English translation.

Full programme and tickets here

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FILLFestival/
Twitter: @Fill_LitFest
Instagram: @fill_festival_london


From 20 September  to 1 October, Raindance Film Festival  & Italian Cultural Institute at the Vue West End (Leicester Square)  present a great selection of Italian contemporary films.

Here you have the full list and links. 

Children of the Night by Andrea de Sica

Golden Door by Emanuele Crialese

Terraferma by Emanuele Crialese

There is a light by Fabio Mollo

Viola, Franca by Marta Savia

Read more here..


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Una domanda frequente degli studenti d’italiano è quando usare il verbo “essere” e quando usare il verbo “stare” . I due verbi sono verbi fondamentali della lingua italiana e sono molto utili per chi comincia a studiare italiano.

Questi verbi sono molto usati nella conversazione, per esempio nella domanda “Come stai?” la risposta, naturalmente è “Sto bene” o ” Sto male”. Non usiamo mai il verbo “essere” ma perché?

Cominciamo con un piccolo esercizio, metti in ordine il verbo “stare” .

state/ stiamo/ sto/ stai/ sta/ stanno


Il verbo stare si usa quando:

descrivo un comportamento, uno stato d’animo> sto attento, stai zitto, stiamo in ansia…

descrivo la posizione dove normalmente si trova un oggetto o persona> i pantaloni stanno nell’armadio, a quest’ora Carlo sta in ufficio…

per formare la forma progressiva> Paola sta mangiando con i figli

per descrivere un futuro immediato> stiamo per prendere il treno

per descrivere una condiziona fisica o psicologica> Come stai? Sto bene

Ora parliamo del verbo “essere”, metti in ordine il verbo essere:

sei/ siamo/ sono/ è/ siete/ sono


Il verbo essere si usa quando:

descrivo stati d’animo> sono felice, triste, stanco, arrabbiato, allegro, contento, depresso…

descrivo condizioni fisiche> sono stanco, ubriaco..

descrivo la posizione dove si trova un oggetto o persona ora, in questo momento non normalmente> La spesa è in soggiorno, Carlo è al cinema con Paola, Siamo al museo di scienze naturali

Continua con:

Verbo essere o verbo avere? 

Ora prova con questo quiz






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Italian Inspirations” è una serie di otto incontri in cui un autore britannico parla di uno scrittore italiano, classico o contemporaneo, che ammira in modo particolare. Curato e moderato da Boyd Tonkin, ogni evento sarà una conversazione alla scoperta dei modi in cui un autore legge e si confronta con i suoi illustri precursori, o con i suoi autorevoli contemporanei.

Mercoledì 6 Settembre 2017 dalle 19:00 alle 21:00 Ben Okri, che discuterà delle opere di Italo Calvino.

Ben Okri è un poeta e scrittore nigeriano. È considerato uno dei maggiori autori africani nella letteratura post-moderna e post-coloniale. Cresciuto a Londra, torna in Nigeria quando la famiglia vi si trasferisce nel 1968, per poi lasciarla nuovamente quando una borsa di studio del governo nigeriano gli permette di ottenere un posto di lettore in letterature comparate presso la Essex University.

Date and Time: Wednesday 6 September 19:00 – 21:00

Free event

Location: Italian Cultural Institute > 39 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8NX

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On the 16 September 2017 from 10 to 12 teachers and staff from Italian Language Services at the Italian Cultural Institute  offer enrolment and assessment tests.


If you have studied or have learned Italian before, you can have a free assessment test in order to assess your level.

Possibility of meeting with some of the teachers to be introduced to the syllabus and the method of teaching and assessing your level plus free tester of Italian lessons.

Join us for the Open Day and enjoy a light refreshment with a guided visit to the library.

Discover more about the Institute and its Cultural events and enrol for Italian classes with £10 discount.

Please click here to reserve a place

 From 12 to 3pm Free Tester Class for Complete Beginners 

If you never studied Italian before we are giving a free tester of Italian language lessons for complete beginners plus £ 10 discount to enrol in our beginner courses.

Please click here to reserve a place

The Italian Cultural Institute is the official Italian government centre for the promotion of culture, offering a wide choice of Italian language classes.

Whether you are a beginnerintermediate or advanced, whether you want Italian for business or pleasure, we can help you perfect your language skills at a level that suits your needs, and times and days that suit your schedule.

You can keep up to date with Italian culture by taking advantage of exciting Institute events, such as films, plays, concerts, lectures, books and poetry readings, and exhibitions. 

To find more about our cultural programme, just check this website, or subscribe to our newsletter.

Our students can also use our Library, with more than 25,000 volumes, plus periodicals and a large reference section. All in a friendly, informal and lively atmosphere that is totally Italian.

Our classes are conducted in Italian and provide training in all basic communication skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing – with a systematic study of grammar. Our teachers are university-qualified and native speakers. Our classrooms have video and audio equipment, as well as satellite links.

Our linguistic levels follow the new Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEF, produced by the Council of Europe. This ensures uniformity and consistency of teaching in line with other language Institutions in London and across Europe.
Courses starting on the 25 of September, check the Calendar of Italian language courses organised by the Institute and our new workshops.

Italian Language Services at the Italian Cultural Institute
39 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8NX
Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm 
Tel 020 7823 1887
email: courses@icilondon.uk


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