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Satyricon by Federico Fellini in Italian with English subtitles

Introduction and post screening discussion with Nick Walker

Director: Federico Fellini
Cast: Martin Potter, Hiram Keller
1969 | 2h 8 min | Drama


The film is loosely based on Petronius’s work Satyricon, written during the reign of the emperor Nero and set in imperial Rome. The film is divided into nine episodes, following the scholar Encolpius and his friend Ascyltus as they try to win the heart of the young boy Gitón, whom they both love, within the film’s depiction of a surreal and dreamlike Roman landscape and culture.

When: 30 June 2017

Time: from 7pm

Where: Italian Cultural Institute London

Entry: Free

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Cinema Made in Italy returns to Ciné Lumière from 1 – 5 March 2017.

This 7th edition of the festival brings a brand new array of cinematic delights, with an alluring line-up of recent Italian productions, including Q&A sessions with the film-makers.

The five-day annual event is organised by Istituto Luce Cinecittà, in collaboration with Ciné Lumière and with the support of the Italian Cultural Institute in London.


7 minuti + Q&A

Wednesday 1 March

Intro and Q&A with Clémence Poésy (actress), Ambra Angiolini – TBC (actress), Cristiana Capotondi (actress)

Ears + Q&A

Orecchie+ Q&A

Thursday 2 March

Intro and Q&A with Alessandro Aronadio (director)

Pericles the Black + Q&A

Pericles il nero + Q&A

Thursday 2 March

Intro and Q&A with Stefano Mordini – TBC (director) and Riccardo Scamarcio (actor)

The Confessions + Q&A

Le confessioni + Q&A

Friday 3 March

Intro and Q&A with Roberto Andò (director)

In guerra per amore + Q&A

In guerra per amore + Q&A

Friday 3 March

Intro and Q&A with Pierfrancesco Diliberto aka Pif (director and writer) and Michele Astori (writer)

Slam + Q&A

Slam- Tutto per una ragazza + Q&A

Saturday 4 March

Intro and Q&A with Irene Dionisio (director)

Pawn Streets + Q&A

Pawn streets- Le ultime cose + Q&A

Saturday 4 March

Intro and Q&A with Irene Dionisio (director)

Vangelo + Q&A

Vangelo + Q&A

Sunday 5 March

Intro and Q&A with Pippo Delbono (director and actor)

I Was a Dreamer + Q&A

I Was a Dreamer- Il più grande sogno + Q&A

Sunday 5 March

Intro and Q&A with Michele Vannucci (director) and Mirko Frezza (actor)

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Sunday 5 March special screening The Battle of Algiers 2pm

in French, Arabic & English with EN subs

director Gillo Pontecorvo, with Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi

For its 50th anniversary The Battle of Algiers comes out in a restored print shown for the first time in the UK. A film subsidised by the Algerian government, it follows the country’s fight for independence from colonial France, reconstructing the main political events that took place in Algiers between 1954 and 1957.

Preceded by an introduction with the film director’s son, Marco Pontecorvo

Cinema Made In Italy 2017

COMPETITION: Win tickets to experience a little bit of Italy with Cinema Made in Italy and the film Il più grande sogno



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More than 150 Cinema del Reale professionals (thanks to italiandoc.it – the largest Italian documentary film archive) have nominated five finalists for the Doc/it Professional Award for Best Italian Documentary of the Year. Viewers from Italy and across Europe will vote to decide the winner of the Audience Award offered by the 100autori association.



Tuesday 5 May, 6.30pm


2013 – 98’

Stop the Pounding Heart directed by ROBERTO MINERVINI

Sara is the oldest sibling in a family of goat farmers and has been brought up according to the strict edicts of the Bible. The film explores adolescence, family, social values and gender roles in rural America.

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Friday 8 May, 6.30pm


2014 – 96’

SmoKings directed by MICHELE FORNASERO

The Messina brothers, owners of Yesmoke, a small Italian cigarette factory, decide to take on the tobacco multinationals at their own game.

Followed by a Q&A with the director.

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Tuesday 12 May, 6.30pm


2013 – 88’

The Stone River directed by GIOVANNI DON FRANCESCO

The small town cemetery described by Edgar Lee Masters in the celebrated Spoon River Anthology appears to exist in reality: the town of Hope is in Vermont and has a large Italian population.

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Friday 15 May, 6.30pm


2013 – 72’

Dal profondo directed by VALENTINA PEDICINI

Where do we end up when we die? Underground, we have always been told. Dal Profondo shifts perspective to show lives hidden 500 metres below ground, and the life of one woman: Patrizia, Italy’s only female miner.

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Tuesday 19 May, 6.30pm

Sacro Gra

2013 – 93’

Sacro GRA directed by GIANFRANCO ROSI

Rome’s GRA (Grande Raccordo Anulare) is Italy’s longest urban motorway. Few think of it as an urban space to explore. Gianfranco Rosi, turning his eye to his own country, decided to spend three years getting lost in this unique landscape.



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Italian Cultural Institute, 39 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8NX

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After the success of our previous Italian Film Evening, we are thrilled to be back with yet, another event.

 Come and join us for a glass of wine, delicious homemade food and watch an award winning Italian film 


Where: La bottega del caffè 322 Regent Street, London W1B 3BH
Tube:  Oxford Circus
When: March 12th Thursday from 7.00pm
Entry: £.10,00

1 glass of wine and 1 focaccia included in entry price


Antonio – antonio.lucicesare@gmail.com
Giuseppe – gamoroso77@gmail.com

Booking: Highly recommended to avoid disappointment

Previous events:

7th of November Night @ the Italian museum

6th of June Aperitivo in musica

9th of May CineAperitivo

5th of March Fashion and Design

20th of June 2013 Italian Social Party

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Watching a film in Italian, either at home or in class, is one of my students’ favourite activities to improve their language. And who can blame them!  Films provide full immersion in Italian culture!

Let’s start with the soundtrack. Italy has some truly great film score composers (or ‘maestri‘) who are now almost as famous as their director colleagues. Film scores often powerfully evoke a particular historic period. Just think about La Dolce Vita, and perhaps you can hear the Nino Rota track in your head!

Then there’s location. From North to South, from Rome to Naples, from the mountains to the sea, watching an Italian film is one long, pleasant trip to Italy!

And finally, consider the language itself.You can watch, listen and learn. Different accents, a spot of dialect and the everyday Italian language and authentic dialogue you don’t often find in a textbook. You can find it all here. Film provides some hugely valuable insights into the country, its people, culture and language. So, now just choose your film, sit back and enjoy!

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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:   Pranzo di ferragostoMid-August lunch). 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.

 Pane e tulipani (Bread and Tulips)  is a romantic Italian comedy. The film is by Italian director Silvio Soldini. After being forgotten in a highway café during a bus trip, a housewife decides to start a new life by herself in Venice.

Drammatico: Un borghese piccolo piccolo, literally meaning a petty petty bourgeois, also known in English as A Very Little Man,  is a 1977 Italian drama film directed by Mario Monicelli. It is based on the novel of the same name written by Vincenzo Cerami. The first hour is a fine example of commedia all’italiana but the second part is a psychological drama and a tragedy.

Commedia/ Drammatico: Tutto quello che vuoi (2017) – A young man named Alessandro begrudgingly accepts a job as a companion for Giorgio, an elderly poet with Alzheimer’s. As they banter during their daily walks, they slowly piece together Giorgio’s long-buried memories, revealing clues to a hidden treasure. A film about memory and the dialogue between the generations and keeps you on your toes throughout.

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.

 Drammatico, La meglio gioventù, (2003), an Italian epic that follows the lives of two brothers, from the 1960s to the 2000s.

Un’altra commediaMine Vaganti (Loose Cannons), 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“:Habemus Papam,(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  (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

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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: La vita è bella ( Life Is Beautiful) 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 (Human Capital)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.

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Un giallo da premio Oscar: Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto (Investigation of a citizen above suspicion ) is a 1970 Italian crime drama film directed by Elio Petri. It is a dramatic, psychological, black-humoured satire on corruption in high office, telling the story of a top police officer, played by Gian Maria Volonté, who kills his mistress, played by Florinda Bolkan, and then tests whether the police would charge him for this crime.

Una commedia: Il nome del figlio ( An Italian name), The extrovert Paolo and the beautiful Simona are expecting. At a dinner with Betta and Sandro, the refined and literate couple, and Claudio, the eccentric musician, one question will lead to an argument that will shake up the night: the name of Paolo and Simona’s son.

Una commedia: Smetto quando voglio ( I can quit whenever I want) A university researcher is fired because of the cuts to university. To earn a living he decides to produce drugs recruiting his former colleagues, who despite their skills are living at the margins of society.

Una giornata particolare (A Special Day):  is a 1977 Italian film directed by Ettore Scola and starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. Set in Rome in 1938, its narrative follows a woman and her neighbor who stay home the day Adolf Hitler visits Benito Mussolini. The film has received several nominations and awards, including a César Award for Best Foreign Film in 1978 and two Oscar nominations in 1977, and it is featured on the list of the 100 Italian films to be saved.

Comedy, crime and drama in Mio fratello è figlio unico (My brother is an only child) Growing up in small-town Italy during the ’60s and ’70s, brothers Accio (Elio Germano) and Manrico (Riccardo Scamarcio) embody and celebrate opposing political stances, but share an impassioned love of the same woman that threatens to drive them to blows.

 La pazza gioia (Like Crazy) another comedy and drama. This is a 2016 Italian film directed by Paolo Virzì, starring Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Micaela Ramazzotti. It tells the story of two women with different backgrounds who become friends while being treated at a mental institution.

To be continued….


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After the success of this year’s inaugural month-long event, the Italian Cultural Institute and Cinecitta Luce are pleased to announce the return of the Italian Film Festival in March 2012 under the title Cinema Made In Italy.

Date: Friday, March 09, 2012 – Friday, March 30, 2012

Venue: Italian Cultural Institute & Cine Lumiere

Organised by: Italian Cultural Institue & Cine Citta’ Luce FILMITALIA

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