6th Annual Italian Film Festival: Politics, history, and intimacy

The Twin Cities is blessed with a cornucopia of cultural and ethnic film festivals: Nordic, Black, International, Cuban, Polish, African, Latin, Asian. This past weekend, March 6 - March 9, the 6th Annual Italian Film Festival, organized by the Italian Cultural Center with the support of the MN Film Society, took place at the St. Anthony Main Cinema. Curated by Anna Bonavita, a local chocolatier and co-founder of the Cultural Center, this year’s selections went beyond the stylized Oscar-winning film The Great Beauty (incidentally not a particularly popular film among the Italians I spoke to opening night). Watching these films you go on a real journey—documentaries and independent films that go deeper into Italy.  Unlike travel films or American films, by attending international film festivals, moviegoers settle into a culture and see it as it is represented for that culture. You may not understand the nuances of some references in the films, but you will feel more inside the place than if you are standing somewhere on a piazza.  


Evil Conspiracies and Common Enemies: Mussolini, the Vatican, and the Origins of the Italian Racial Laws

09/24/2012 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

The Department of Anthropology Berdahl Memorial Lecture by Dr. David Kertzer of Brown University.

hirty Years of War: Warfare in the Plain of the Po 1189-1220 - A talk by John France, Swansea University

1210 Heller Hall, Sponsored by the Center for Medieval Studies and the Department of French and Italian

Book Event: Never Trust a Thin Cook

10/02/2009 - 12:00pm

Author Eric Dregni discusses his book "Never Trust a Thin Cook"

11/03/2009 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Local author Eric Dregni, will discuss his new book, Never Trust a Thin Cook and Other Lessons from Italy's Culinary Capital , on Tuesday, November 3 at 4:00 p.m.

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