Sixth Annual Symposium
New Trends in Modern and Contemporary Italian Cinema

Indiana University — April 22-25, 2015

Dedicated to the late master of Italian film Francesco Rosi

Francesco Rosi, master and protagonist of International and Italian cinema over the last half the 20th century, was the author of cinematic works embedded in Italian and international culture with an emphasis on historical and contemporary issues. Some months prior to his unexpected passing he had enthusiastically accepted our invitation to be guest speaker and artist in residence for the 6th Symposium on Italian Cinema. We have decided to honor him and his work by dedicating this year’s symposium to his legacy. Four films will be screened and many panels are dedicated to his work. A colleague will read the lecture that he had prepared for this special event. We will screen a documentary by Marta Pasqualini made for Giuseppe Tornatore’s book on Rosi, never before seen in the US, along with Carlo Lizzani’s interviews with the director, and Rosi’s own last cinematic work dedicated to Gian Maria Volonté, his friend, collaborator and consummate actor. With these selected works we will relive and pay homage to the cinematic mastery of an auteur who perfectly blended aesthetics, politics, and social engagement.


View the program

We are pleased to host the renowned film scholar Jean Antoine Gili as our keynote speaker this year. Gili is professor emeritus at the Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, and has written for Cinema, The Film Review, Screen, Positif (where he is on the editorial board) and other film magazines since the 1960s. He is a specialist on Italian cinema and has published 15 books in the field, including Francesco Rosi: Cinéma et pouvoir (1977) and his most recent work, the edition L’Italie au miroir de son cinéma (2014). He is the founder of the Italian Film Festival of Annecy and co-founder, with Jean-Pierre Jeancolas, of the Association française de recherches sur l’histoire du cinema (AFRHC). From 2001 to 2005 he chaired the Commission scientifique du Patrimoine cinématographique at the Centre national du cinéma in Paris.

Please see the IU Cinema website for the schedule of film showings.


Please register through IU Conferences by March 20, 2015. If you registered in past years using the same email address, then you already have a password. Click “I forgot my password” to receive a password reminder via email if needed. A late registration fee will be charged after March 20. The final deadline for registration is April 20. All conference participants must register. Through the online registration form, you may also register for the banquet on Saturday evening, April 25, and for box lunches on April 23, 24, and 25. The box lunches will be provided by One World Catering and will each include potato chips, a fresh fruit cup, and a dessert. Lunch options are:

  • Curried chicken salad wrap
  • Roast turkey sandwich
  • Roasted portobello wrap
  • Baby greens salad with tomato vinaigrette

Travel Information


A block of rooms has been set aside at the Indiana Memorial Union Biddle Hotel with a rate of $105/$125 (weeknight/weekend) for one double bed and $150/$180 (weeknight/weekend) for two double beds. Rooms with 1 king or 2 queen beds are also available ($160/$190). Reserve by March 22 to receive the special rate. Call 800-209-8145 or 812-855-2536 to make reservations using the group code IFS2015.

Or you can book online through Click "Reserve online" and enter arrival/departure dates, then click for special rates and enter the group code IFS2015. Click "check availability" and then make your selection and process the reservation.

Hotel address is 900 East 7th Street, Bloomington, IN 47405.

Ground Transportation

There are two shuttle services that provide transportation between the Indianapolis airport and Bloomington.

Both shuttles go to the Indiana Memorial Union in Bloomington.


Please contact Professor Antonio Vitti.

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