Ninth Annual Symposium
New Trends in Modern and Contemporary Italian Cinema

Indiana University — April 18-21, 2018

Featuring filmmaker Vincenzo Marra

With six narrative features, five documentaries, and several short films, Vincenzo Marra is one of Italy’s leading writer/directors. At the end of the 1990s, he wrote and directed two shorts, Una rosa prego and La vestizione. His narrative feature debut, Tornando a casa (Sailing Home) won the director several awards at international film festivals in 2001 and was nominated for Best First Feature at the Italian Golden Globes. His second feature, Vento di terra (Land Wind) won the FIPRESCI prize at the 2004 Venice Film Festival. In 2005, he participated in the Locarno Film Festival in the video category with a documentary about Palestine entitled 58%. In 2006 he released the documentary L´udienza è aperta (The Hearing is Open), about the Italian criminal justice system, which was another Venice Days selection. In 2007, he returned with the feature film L´ora di punta (The Trial Begins) and in 2012 with the prison documentary Il gemello (The Triplet). The Rome International Film Festival honored his work by presenting a mid-career retrospective in 2013.

Marra's most recent film, L'equilibrio (Equilibrium. 2017), was also a Venice Days selection and returned to the verité style of Vento di terra. His films often offer an extraordinary slice of life in the city of Naples, Marra's hometown, portraying the experiences of ordinary people poised between disillusion and hope.

For the conference poster, please click here


View 9th Annual Symposium Program

View 2018 Film List


This symposium and film series is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of French and Italian, the Mary-Margaret Barr Koon Fund, the Olga Ragusa Fund for the Study of Modern Italian Literature and Culture, the College Arts and Humanities Institute, the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs, the Media School, Emeritus Professor Edoardo Lèbano, and the IU Cinema.


IU Cinema, 1213 E. 7th St., Bloomington, Indiana


Please register through IU Conferences hereThe deadline to pay the regular rate is March 26, 2018. If you registered in past years using the same email address, then you already have a password. In the registration system, click “I forgot my password” to receive a password reminder via email if needed. A late registration fee will be charged after March 26. The final deadline for registration is April 19. All conference participants must register. Through the online registration form, you may also register for the banquet on Saturday evening, April 21, and for box lunches on April 19, 20, and 21.

Travel Information


A block of rooms has been set aside at the Indiana Memorial Union Biddle Hotel with a rate of $120-170 per night plus tax. Reserve by March 19 to receive the special rate. Call 800-209-8145 or 812-855-2536 to make reservations using the group code ITALIANFILM18.

Or you can book online through Click "Make a reservation" and enter arrival/departure dates, then click for special rates and enter the group code ITALIANFILM18. Click "check availability" and process the reservation


The Indiana Memorial Union Biddle 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

Shuttle service between the Indianapolis airport and Bloomington is provided by:

GoExpress stops at the Indiana Memorial Union in Bloomington as well as other local hotels.


Please contact Professor Antonio Vitti.

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