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A summer of events and films at the Italian Cultural Institute  and Riverside studios in London, here a short list of movies you can watch this summer.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

THE HUMAN CARGO, by Daniele Vicari - Raindance Film Festival – Italian films selection

THE HUMAN CARGO, by Daniele Vicari – Raindance Film Festival – Italian films selection

In 1991, the cargo ship Vlora made port in Albania. 50,000 desperate Albanians descended on the Vlora, fleeing their Country’s oppressive regime. Around 20,000 refugees managed to get aboard setting sail to Italy. After the initial shock, a poorly organised >>>

PADRONI DI CASA – LANDLORDS, by Edoardo Gabbriellini

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

PADRONI DI CASA – LANDLORDS, by Edoardo Gabbriellini

Brothers Cosimo (Valerio Mastrandrea) and Elia (Elio Germano) work together in their own small building firm. They are hired by famous singer Fausto Mieli (Gianni Morandi) to do some works in his rural house, just before his big comeback concert. The >>>

THE VOICE OF PEPPINO IMPASTATO by Ivan Vadori at Riverside Studios

Thursday, July 24, 2014

THE VOICE OF PEPPINO IMPASTATO by Ivan Vadori at Riverside Studios

The documentary tells the main episodes of Peppino Impastato’s life and his fight aganist Mafia, emphasizing his activity as an investigative journalist. When he was 15, Peppino became fully aware of what Mafia was when his uncle – a Mafia boss – was >>>

THE MAFIA KILLS ONLY IN THE SUMMER by Pierfrancesco Diliberto, aka Pif at Riverside Studios

Thursday, July 24, 2014

THE MAFIA KILLS ONLY IN THE SUMMER by Pierfrancesco Diliberto, aka Pif at Riverside Studios

The Mafia only kills in the Summer tells the story of Arturo, a young boy growing up in Palermo – the fascinating and terrible city ruled by the Mafia- in 70s and 90s. He falls in love with his school friend Flora when they are still in primary school. >>>

GLI SFIORATI, by Matteo Rovere

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

GLI SFIORATI, by Matteo Rovere

Adapted from the book by Sandro Veronese, this is the story of Mate and Belinda: the only thing they have in common is their father. Mete, a young and expert graphologist, Belinda an evasive teen ager, have never seen each other before, but they are now >>>

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Thirty-eight years after the never-fully-solved mystery of his death, Pier Paolo Pasolini’s reputation as a writer and polemicist is inevitably fading, although plenty of his poetry, novels and essays remain in print. But his films seem as current as they always were. Hardly a month goes by without a new Pasolini release on DVD/Blu-ray, and his name crops up as a point of reference in reviews of everyone from Sergei Paradjanov to Bruno Dumont. This two-part retrospective is the most comprehensive ever mounted in Britain, including all 13 of his features and virtually all of the shorts, documentaries and episodes from portmanteau movie (all in brand new prints courtesy of Luce Cinecittà, with many restored by Cineteca di Bologna). It offers an unprecedented chance to get to grips with one of the cornerstones of European film culture.

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Date: Friday, March 01, 2013 – Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Opening times: box office 020 7928 3232 www.bfi.org.uk

Venue: National Film theatre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, Waterloo, London SE1 8XT

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If during your holiday you miss your Italian lesson or you want to practice Italian watching movies but you don’t know what to watch, here are some tips to spend a couple of good hours.

Un classico: LADRI DI BICICLETTE also known as The Bicycle Thief, is a 1948 Italian neorealist film directed by Vittorio De Sica. It tells the story of a poor man searching the streets of Rome for his stolen bicycle, which he needs to be able to work.

Una commedia:  Mid-August lunch (2008) Pranzo di ferragosto (original title). The table is set for this very Italian, very funny, yet touching movie. It captures the essence of living the Italian life and the universal need for friendship and human contact at any age.

Un giallo:  LE CONSEGUENZE DELL’AMORE also known as The Consequences of Love   is a 2004 Italian psychological thriller film directed by Paolo Sorrentino. It tells the story of a lonely and secretive Italian businessman living in a Swiss hotel.

Un’altra commedia: Loose Cannons (2010) - Mine Vaganti (original title) Tommaso is the youngest son of the Cantones, a large, traditional southern Italian family operating a pasta-making business since the 1960s. On a trip home from Rome, where he studies literature and lives with his boyfriend, Tommaso decides to tell his parents the truth about himself.

Una commedia “religiosa“:We Have a Pope is a 2011 Italian comedy-drama film directed by Nanni Moretti. Its original title is Habemus Papam, Latin for “We have a pope”, the phrase used upon the announcement of a new pope. The film stars Michel Piccoli as a cardinal who, against his wishes, is elected pope. Moretti co-stars as a psychiatrist who is called in to help the pope overcome his panic.

Drammatico: Il gioiellino (2011) The Jewel- The movie helps to understand the largest bankrupt in Italian history, the description of  how the CEO and CFO Parmalat hide a huge debt before collapsing.

Un giallo: Io Non Ho Paura (I’m Not Scared) is the story of a young boy in southern Italy that finds a child who has been kidnapped. Based on a true story. Director: Gabriele Salvatores

Un capolavoro:La grande bellezza (The Great beauty) Jep Gambardella, a 65-year-old journalist and once promising novelist, spends his easy life among Rome s high society in a swirl of rooftop parties and late-night soirees. But when he learns of the death of his friend s wife a woman he loved as an 18-year-old his life is thrown into perspective and he begins to see the world through new eyes. Director:Paolo Sorrentino

Un altro classico:Nuovo Cinema Paradiso A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village’s theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater’s projectionist.

Un premio Oscar: Life Is Beautiful ( La vita è bella) is a 1997 Italian comedy-drama film directed by and starring Roberto Benigni. Benigni plays Guido Orefice, a Jewish Italian book shop owner, who must employ his fertile imagination to shield his son from the horrors of internment in a Nazi concentration camp. Part of the film came from Benigni’s own family history; before Roberto’s birth, his father had survived three years of internment at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp

Drammatico: Il capitale umano-The destinies of two families are irrevocably tied together after a cyclist is hit off the road by a jeep in the night before Christmas Eve.

To be continued….

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The Regione Puglia, the Italian Cultural Institute in London and Accademia Apulia UK are honoured to present to the international community ”Home – My Place in the World”, a calendar of Made-in-Puglia events showcased at various prestigious locations in central London.

Between 16-21 July 2012 Puglia’s contemporary artistic heritage, culinary tradition and magnificent natural landscapes at the Italian Cultural Institute in London.


19th of July  the film screening of Che bella Giornata
Will follow questions & answers with director Gennaro Nunziante and lead actor Checco Zalone.

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Scialla – 2001

Bruno Beltrame has let it all hang out, for quite a while. All that’s left of his old talent as a writer is just enough to ghost-write ‘other people’s books’. His passion for teaching has given way to a tiresome routine of tutoring equally apathetic students, including fifteen-year old Luca, who is as ignorant as the others, but vivacious and irreverent.

Date: Friday, March 09, 2012 – Saturday, March 10, 2012

Opening times: Fri 9 Mar 6.30pm; Sat 10 Mar 4.30pm

Venue: Ciné Lumière 17 Queensbury Place, London SW7 2DT

Organised by: Italian Cultural Institute


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Completa la trama con le preposizioni “ per” e “a”

Primo inverno. 1999. Camilla lascia il paese d’origine e si trasferisce ……..Venezia ……… frequentare l’università. Sul vaporetto incontra Silvestro: il sorriso chiaro, le idee molto meno. Un po’ ……… caso e un po’ per intenzione, il ragazzo perde l’ultima corsa del vaporetto della sera e passa la notte insieme……….. lei. In mezzo scorrono l’amicizia, la paura, il dubbio, le impennate di orgoglio, l’incredulità.

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The Italian Film Festival 2011 will kick off on 1 March 2011 with a concert at the Cadogan Hall by Nicola Piovani, winner of the Academy Award for the Score of Roberto Benigni’s Life Is Beautiful in 1998. The festival, due to become an annual event, is organized by the Italian Cultural Institute in London and Cinecittà Luce.

Date: Wednesday, March 02, 2011 – Thursday, March 31, 2011

Venue: Ciné Lumière – 17 Queensberry Place, LONDON SW7 2DT

Organised by: Italian Cultural Institute

In collaboration with: Cinecitta’/Luce

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