Third Annual Symposium
New Trends in Modern and Contemporary Italian Cinema

Indiana University
April 11-14, 2012

Featured film director:

Guido Chiesa

Director of 9 feature films, 5 shorts, 19 documentaries, and 1 TV mini-series, Chiesa has won prizes at the Festival dei Popoli of Florence, the Venice Film Festival and the Festival of Cinema in Rome. More info.

Born in Turin in 1959, Guido Chiesa moved to the US in 1983, after finishing his university studies. There he worked on several films by Jim Jarmusch, Amos Poe, Nicolas Roeg, and Michael Cimino. In the same years he made his own short films, published books on cinema and music, and wrote articles for music and cinema publications.

In 1991 he presented his first feature film at the Festival of Venice: Il caso Martello (The Martello File), which won a Golden Grolla as the best debut film of the season. In 1994, his second feature, Babylon: la paura è la migliore amica dell'uomo (Babylon: Lies To Live By) was screened at the Locarno Film Festival competition. The film won the FIPRESCI Prize at the Turin Film Festival and participated in 17 other international film festivals. In 1999 his documentary Non mi basta mai (I just never have enough) won the Cipputi award at the Turin Film Festival.

Chiesa's next feature, Il partigiano Johnny (The Partisan) was featured in competition at the 2000 edition of the Venice Film Festival, winning the Ragazzi e cinema Award. The film also won the Jury Prize at the Festival in Stuttgart.

In 2002 Chiesa's documentary Alice è in paradiso (Alice in Paradise) won the Festival dei Popoli in Florence. The same year Chiesa returned to the Venice Film Festival with the film Lavorare con lentezza (Radio Alice 100.6 MHz), and thanks to the lead actors (Tommaso Ramenghi and Marco Luisi) won the Marcello Mastroianni Award. The film then won both the Jury and the Audience prizes at the Barcelona Festival of Political Cinema. The story and screenplay of this film are the result of a collaboration with the writers' collective Wu Ming.

In 2007 the documentary Le pere di Adamo (Adam's Pears) was screened at the International Rome Film Festival. The following year, Chiesa directed the first TV miniseries produced by Sky Italy, Quo Vadis, Baby?. In 2010 he participated in competition at the International Film Festival of Rome with Io sono con te (I am with you), focusing on the figure of Mary of Nazareth and produced by Colorado, Magda and Rai Cinema.

For UTET in 2011 Chiesa published Manuale di regia cinematografica (A Filmmaking Handbook), a practical text, but strictly speaking not a manual, written in order to provide an introduction to the profession of filmmaking for students and enthusiasts. For this manual, the Journal of Cinema awarded him the Diego Fabbri Prize for the best essay on cinema.


Keynote Speakers:

Gian Piero Brunetta

Profesor of cinema history and criticism at the University of Padova and one of the most influential writers on Italian cinema working today. More info.

Gian Piero Brunetta is professor of history and criticism of cinema at the University of Padova and the author of one of the most important works in the field of Italian film, Storia del cinema italiano (Editori Riuniti, most recent edition 2003). He has directed several film series in Italy and has written for the newspaper La Repubblica as well as for many cinema journals in Italy and abroad. Brunetta has curated major exhibitions of Italian art and the eleven videos for the exhibition La città del cinema of the major Italian film studio Cinecittà. The author of 22 books and editor of 17 volumes on Italian and world cinema, Professor Brunetta is truly an expert in the field. He was named commander of the Italian Republic (Commendatore Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana) in 1995.


Adriano Aprà

Professor of cinema at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" and former director of the Italian national film archive. More info.

Adriano Aprà is one of the most important historians of Italian cinema alive today. He started his career as a writer of film criticism for the essential journals Filmcritica and Cinema e Film (which he co-founded), and was then involved in the direction of the Pesaro and Salsomaggiore festivals. In 1970, Aprà also directed one feature film (Olimpia agli amici), then various film essays, such as Rossellini visto da Rossellini (Rossellini as Seen by Rossellini, 1992), Circo Fellini (Fellini's Circus, 2010), and All'ombra del conformista (In the Shade of the Conformist, 2011). Author of many acclaimed books and translator of Andre Bazin's classic What Is Cinema?, Aprà has taught history of the Italian cinema at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, and served as head of the Italian Cineteca Nazionale 1998-2002. Young Adriano's cameos are significant in films such as Mario Schifano's experimental Satellite, Marco Ferreri's The Seed of Man, and Bernardo Bertolucci's segment of Love & Anger. His major contribution as an actor was as the title role of Othon (1969) by Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub. -- Fabien Gerard (IMDb) and Antonio Vitti



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