Film Festival | New Authors of Italian Cinema

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 5:30pm - Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 5:30pm


Thursday, December 5 - Sunday, December 8, 2013

A free admission film festival made possible thanks to the support of

The Cinema Studies Program and the Center for Italian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia and the International House of Philadelphia, present the 2013 edition of NEW AUTHORS OF ITALIAN CINEMA. The festival has been curated by Nicola M. Gentili (Penn, Cinema Studies) and aims at promoting new Italian Cinema abroad. Recently released feature films directed by Italy's most promising filmmakers will be presented and discussed by our Penn's Italian PhD students. The final remarks will be addressed by Stefania Benini, Professor of Italian Cinema at Penn. NEW AUTHORS OF ITALIAN CINEMA is also part of the series of events of the 2013, Year of Italian Culture. 


Thursday, December 5 @ 5:30pm | Norman Rusin presents

Cosimo and Nicole | Francesco Amato, 2012

Cosimo is Italian and Nicole is French. They meet in Genoa during the G8 protest and it is love at first sight.

Thursday, December 5 @ 8:30pm | Mike Edwards presents

Balancing Act | Ivano De Matteo, 2012

Giulio is forty years old and leads a seemingly quiet life. Then, his perfect life suddenly collapses.

Friday, December 6 @ 5:30pm | Claudia Consolati presents

Steel | Stefano Mordini, 2012

The steel works twenty-four hours a day, monopolizing the territory and invading the river, the beach and the lives of the population. 14-year-old Anna and Francesca spend long afternoons in which nothing happens, in fear and desire for discovery.

Friday, December 6 @ 8:30pm | Nicolò Moscatelli presents

The Commander and the Stork | Silvio Soldini, 2012

Scattered around the streets and gardens, the statues oversee the city as it wakes up. If you get close enough, climbing up to them, you can hear them think or even speak.

Saturday, December 7 @ 5:30pm | Alessandra Mirra presents

The Ideal City | Luigi Lo Cascio, 2012

Michele Grassadonia is an architect and a fervent environmentalist, who believes in the value of civic engagement and social solidarity.

Saturday, December 7 @ 8:30pm | Peter Lesnik presents

Alì Blue Eyes | Claudio Giovannesi, 2012

Ostia, the suburban seafront of Rome in wintertime. Two sixteen-year-old boys steal a scooter at 8 in the morning, then rob a store, and still get on time to school at 9. Nader is Egyptian, but was born in Rome. Stefano is Italian and is Nader’s best friend.

Sunday, December 8 @ 5:30pm | Andrew Korn presents

The Interval | Leonardo Di Costanzo, 2012

A boy and a girl are locked up in an enormous abandoned building in a suburban area.

Sunday, December 8 @ 8:30pm | Andrea Gazzoni presents

There Will Come a Day | Giorgio Diritti, 2012

Painful family issues push Augusta to doubt the certainties on which she had built her existence. On a small boat and in the immensity of the Amazon nature, she begins her journey accompanying Sister Franca in her mission to the Indios villages.

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