2019 New Trends in Modern and Contemporary Italian Cinema

Wilma Labate was born in Rome and started her career as a television director. In the 1980s she worked in the field of documentary filmmaking. She made her feature film debut in 1992 with Ambrogio, about a woman who wants to enter the Naval Academy during the 1960s and has to fight her family, her friends, and a world not ready to accept her. Labate was nominated best new director at the 1994 Nastri d'Argento awards. In 1996, her film La mia generazione (My Generation) won the Grolla d'oro for best film and was the Italian entry for the 1997 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film – only the second by an Italian female director after Lina Wertmüller. She has directed more than fourteen visual works in which she follows her firm belief that cinema should be full of surprises, narrated with a sensual gaze. In her films she has portrayed historical moments and themes like the loss of working class identity due to the lure of consumerism, the daily struggles of women, and women’s capacity to resist at all cost.


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


Registration deadline (regular rate): March 20, 2019
Final registration deadline: April 18

A late registration fee will be charged after March 20.

All conference participants must register. 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. 

Through the online registration form, you may also register for the banquet on Saturday evening, April 20, and for box lunches on April 18, 19, and 20.

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A block of rooms has been set aside at the Indiana Memorial Union Biddle Hotel with a rate of $134-189 per night plus tax dependent on room type and day of week. Reserve by March 19 to receive the special rate. Call 800-209-8145 or 812-855-2536 to make reservations using the group code Italian Film 19.

Or you can book online through imu.indiana.edu/hotel. Click "Make a reservation" and enter arrival/departure dates, then click for special rates and enter the group code Italian Film 19. Click "check availability" and process the reservation.

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

Indiana Memorial Union Biddle Hotel
900 East 7th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405

Ground transportation

Shuttle service between the Indianapolis airport and Bloomington is provided by GoExpress Travel, 800-589-6004. GoExpress stops at the Indiana Memorial Union in Bloomington as well as other local hotels.


Please contact Professor Antonio Vitti.