Seventh Annual Symposium
New Trends in Modern and Contemporary Italian Cinema

Indiana University — April 20-23, 2016

Featuring filmmaker Franco Maresco and producer Rean Mazzone

Announcement - April 13: Unfortunately Franco Maresco will be unable to attend. But Rean Mazzone, who produced most of Maresco’s films, will be present to discuss them in Maresco’s place, as well as to give two talks during the symposium.

Award-winning director Franco Maresco became well-known in the late 1980’s for his collaboration with cinematographer Daniele Ciprì on work done for Italian television. In 1995 he co-directed his first film with Ciprì, Lo zio di Brooklyn (The Uncle from Brooklyn), followed by Totò Who Lived Twice, which were both heralded for their new cinematic style and for opening a window to a world apart. Maresco and Ciprì made 9 films together, and more recently Maresco has directed 3 feature films on his own.

Maresco’s cinema shows the baseness, the imperfection, the incompleteness of humanity and its degradation. His cinematic vision crates a new aesthetic of ugliness, which like a phoenix rises from the ashes of a burned civilization. Maresco proposes an alternative vision to the imaginary future created by technology in showing a world consumed and burned-out. His films are set in an environment surrounded by ruins, rubbles of the post industrial age. He shows humanity that has lost the ideals of the Renaissance man.


The program for the 7th annual symposium, including film screenings, is now available here.


Please register through IU Conferences by March 20, 2016. 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 23, and for box lunches on April 21, 22, and 23. The box lunches will be provided by One World Catering and the options are:

  • Roast beef sandwich with potato chips, fruit cup, dessert
  • Turkey and brie sandwich with potato chips, fruit cup, dessert
  • White bean spread sandwich with potato chips, fruit cup, dessert
  • Arugula salad with strawberries, balsamic vinaigrette, bread roll, fruit cup, dessert

Travel Information


A block of rooms has been set aside at the Indiana Memorial Union Biddle Hotel with a rate of $119-$164 per night plus tax. Reserve by MARCH 20 to receive the special rate. Call 800-209-8145 or 812-855-2536 to make reservations using the group code ITALIANFILM16.

Or you can book online through Click "Reserve online" and enter arrival/departure dates, then click for special rates and enter the group code ITALIANFILM16. Click "check availability" and then make your selection and process the reservation.

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

Another nearby hotel option is the Grant Street Inn at 310 N. Grant St. in Bloomington.

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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