Art
Art & culture

CURATOR MIRIAM LA ROSA TALKS ABOUT AN EXCHANGE ARTIST RESIDENCY BETWEEN SICILY AND AUSTRALIA

Miriam La Rosa is a Melbourne University-based curator from Sicily currently involved in the cross-cultural and cross-regional artistic project “Preservation is an act of political warfare. An exchange artist residency between Sicily and Australia”. The Italian promotional, cultural organisation CO.AS.IT is hosting a documentary screening and exhibition opening on 12th November and running until the beginning of 2020. (Photo - from left to right - Kade McDonald, Jesse Gibbs, Miriam La Rosa, Regina Pilawuk Wilson, and Xena Wilson. Mondello beach, Palermo, Sicily. 28 July 2019. Photograph: Timothy Hillier)

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14/11/2019

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

JEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - 60 FILMS FROM 23 COUNTRIES EXPLORE THE HUMAN CONDITION

The Jewish International Film Festival is in full swing and it is a fascinating time of the year for avid cinemagoers looking for films outside the mainstream, that challenge and engage all at once. Screening at a number of cinemas nationwide, the festival attracts a culturally and ethnically diverse audience and 60 films from 23 countries are classified according to 3 main categories (Feature, Series, and Documentary), thus appealing to a wide range of tastes. In Melbourne (as in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra) the festival this year runs from 23 October to 21 November and is hosted by the Classic Cinemas Elsternwick, the Lido Cinemas Hawthorn, and the Cameo Cinemas in Belgrave.

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11/11/2019

Art
Art & culture

Alfredo Malabello. "The voice of romance" talks to Segmento

Alfredo Malabello, many thanks for taking time out to see me. You are a fascinating and impressive man with many strings to your bow and balls in the air. You have built a name for yourself as a musician/pianist, singer and all-round entertainer ̶ with a “voice of romance”. An icon in the Australian music industry, you feature heavily in the media and have been called “Australia’s very own Italian son of song”

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21/10/2019

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

Special guest at 2019 Lavazza Italian Film Festival, Mimmo Calopresti talks to Segmento

Acclaimed Italian filmmaker Mimmo Calopresti, noteworthy for his 1995 drama ‘La seconda volta’ and ‘La parola amore esiste’ (1998), winners of three David Di Donatelli Awards, has excelled also in documentary filmmaking and wants to bring the lives of everyday people to the screen, shedding light on human experiences and stories that concern all of us. (Images from the Opening Night of the Lavazza Italian Film Festival in Melbourne: Palace Cinema Como: 20 September, 201

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26/9/2019

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

Seductive, courageous, and heartbreakingly honest. La Nonna - Performance review

Seductive, courageous, and at times heartbreakingly honest, sell-out crowd-pleaser show La Nonna is an intimate portrayal of a young man’s journey to self-discovery benefitted by his close bond with his Italian grandmother, or nonna, and their cross-generational dialogue.

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20/9/2019

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

Interview with performer, human rights activist and director of 'La Nonna' Samuel Dariol

The evening of 4 September, 2019, saw the CO.AS.IT hosting of a Q&A event on Italian Matriarchy and Queerness: Exploring La Nonna, where director, performer and human rights activist Samuel Dariol engaged in conversation with renowned Deakin University scholar Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli.

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12/9/2019

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

20th Lavazza Italian Film Festival. Review - 'The vice of hope' by Edoardo De Angelis

Winner of two Nastro d’Argento awards and one David di Donatello award, Edoardo De Angelis’ dark and sombre Il vizio della speranza (2018) reminds of his narrative and cinematographic style in forerunner Indivisibili (released 2016 and also set in bleak and desolate Castel Volturno in the rough outskirts of Naples). - Image published in the Hollywood Reporter 17 September, 2018 https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/vice-hope-1144004

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28/8/2019

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

20th Lavazza Italian Film Festival. Review - 'If life gives you lemons' by Ciro D'Emilio

Lemons carry symbolic importance and become a metaphor for life in Ciro D’Emilio’s sombre but captivating debut feature and coming-of-age story Un giorno all’improvviso (2018), which premiered at the Venice Film Festival the same year as its release. (Image published in Screen Daily: 6 September, 2018 https://www.screendaily.com/reviews/if-life-gives-you-lemons-venice-review/5131972.article)

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28/8/2019

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

20th Lavazza Italian Film Festival. Review - 'Bangla' by Phaim Bhuiyan

Feel good movie Bangla, with high audience ratings and awarded a Nastro d’Argento for best comedy in 2019, is light-hearted while at the same time it delivers an important social and political message. (Photo published by the IFFR, 2019 https://iffr.com/en/persons/phaim-bhuiyan)

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28/8/2019

Soccer
Sport

Diego Maradona - Worshipped and deposed by the city of Naples

Multi-award-winning British filmmaker Asaf Kapadia’s eye-opening new documentary on Argentinian soccer legend Diego Maradona draws a fascinating connection between Maradona and the city of Naples. Therewith a symbolic connection is also drawn between Argentina and Italy at large, but the interaction between the two is complex and fraught with challenges and is soon taken into a political realm ̶ sports a subject triggering a heavy socio-political discourse. (Photo Naples, Italy: Diego Maradona by Jorit Agoch)

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15/8/2019

Music
Art & culture

In conversation with Tango connoisseur and member of the Melbourne Tango Orchestra, Stephen Cuttriss

Stephen Cuttriss has been praised by the media as one of “Australia’s heavyweight tango musicians” and a bandoneon player who “ignites the sonic soundscapes of Argentina on this unique instrument. He explores the roots of both urban tango and rich rural folk traditions" - Photo Stephen Cuttriss (with kind permission by Stephen Cuttriss)

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12/8/2019

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

The Giffoni Film Festival. Promotion and development of cinema for young people

Running for its 48th consecutive year, the Giffoni Film Festival organised in the small town of Giffoni Valle Piana, near Salerno in Campania, attracts all the more people during this artistically vibrant time of the year. An annual event that brings together people of all ages, the festival specifically focusses on and appeals to children and families, and as part of this it also allows children to get hands-on experience in regard to the many ins and outs of the fascinating medium of filmmaking. (Photo Giffoni Experience: Premio alla carriera a Claudio Gubitosi, 13 September 2013)

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29/7/2019

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

Interview with local Italo-Australian filmmaker Vita Catalano

An aficionado of Italian arts and culture as well as a regular Segmento event attendee, Italo-Australian writer and teacher, producer and filmmaker Vita Catalano is a woman and force to be reckoned with.

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4/7/2019

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

Italian Cine-scapes: Urban space and architecture portrayed in 9 Movies

The Italian Cine-scapes #2 film festival, running from May to November, 2019, and co-organised by the Italian Institute of Culture and Palace Cinemas, is a visual feast awakening the senses. Running for its second consecutive year, the festival honours Italy’s past and present, celebrating its architecture, its people, and both collective and individual emotions.

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14/6/2019

Culture
Art & culture

Q&A with Laura Napolitano - Director of Italian Cultural Institute of Melbourne

Located on a leafy street in residential South Yarra, the Italian Institute of Culture (Elm Tree House, as it is also known) was purchased by the Italian government in 1974. The building rests on centuries of local and international history alike. Built in 1857, throughout the decades this imposing house has accommodated notable Australians and Italians carrying out cultural as well as political functions.

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27/5/2019

Music
Art & culture

The 2019 Melbourne Taranta Festival: CGS seduces in a hypnotic performance at the Thornbury Theatre

Electrifying, hypnotic, cutting-edge and eclectic, the ground-breaking music of Italian award-winning and world-renowned group Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, from Puglia in southern Italy, is an exotic fusion of traditional sounds and new beats and rhythms that are the result of the band's reinterpretation of the old - while they move their folkloric music into an exciting era.

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18/3/2019

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

Jytte Holmqvist meets Alina Marazzi at the recent screening of “Vogliamo anche le rose” at Co.As.It. in Melbourne

Interview with award-winning Italian documentary filmmaker and screenwriter Alina Marazzi, Melbourne, 17 February, 2019 - (Photo Alina Marazzi prior to the screening of Vogliamo anche le rose at CO.AS.IT, Melbourne, 15 Feb., 2019. Photograph by Jytte Holmqvist)

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28/2/2019

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

Bernardo Bertolucci’s epic legacy: a homage to an unorthodox filmmaker

I accept all interpretations of my films. The only reality is before the camera. Each film I make is kind of a return to poetry for me, or at least an attempt to create a poem (Bertolucci).

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20/2/2019

Migrants
Profiles

A tribute to Sisto Malaspina

A life taken during a random act of terror, Melbourne icon Sisto Malaspina was cruelly ripped away from the breathing fabric of the city in the recent Bourke Street attack on 9 November, 2018, as he generously offered his help during the commotion – only to be fatally stabbed instead.

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27/11/2018

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

Interview with Italian actress Valeria Solarino

Valeria Solarino is impressively prolific, starring in several movies almost every year since the inception of her acting career in the early 2000s.

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2/12/2018

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

Interview with award-winning Italo-Australian filmmaker Lisa Camillo

You are an accomplished filmmaker (with a degree in Criminology from the University of Melbourne, a Master in Anthropology with a special focus on International Development, and a Diploma in Film and Media from Sydney Film School) concerned with humanitarian and human rights issues.

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2/12/2018

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

A fortunate screening: Fortunata (2017) captivates Melbourne viewers

This year’s Lavazza Italian Film Festival (Melbourne 14 September - 8 October, 2017) offered a selection of fine films, some of which have recently been released.

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15/1/2018

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

The Tenderness of La Tenerezza (Gianni Amelio, 2017)

Rarely these days - with mainstream Hollywood blockbusters being churned out at a constant speed - do we find small yet big films that explore the very depths of our emotions and encapsulate the essence of our human existence, with all its beauty and many heartaches.

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6/9/2018

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

Il padre d’Italia - a feisty film covering universal themes

Fabio Mollo’s 2017 film Il padre d’Italia has been called “una storia di amore assoluto, puro e universale” [1] . The film has received favourable critical acclaim and audience ratings and appeals to the viewer aesthetically and from a both narrative and moral perspective. [2]

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13/6/2018

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

Carpignano's A Ciambra makes it to the Oscars

In keeping with neorealist traditions, Italo-American cineaste Jonas Carpignano’s second full-feature film (co-produced by Martin Scorsese) A Ciambra is shot on location in the Reggio Calabria seaside municipality of Gioia Tauro, on the Tyrrhenian coast.

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6/3/2018

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

Luca Guadagnino's film is a serious contender for the Oscars

Set in a non-specific northern Italian location - we are told the narrative about to unfold develops “somewhere in Italy” - in the early 1980s and based on the 2007 novel by Sephardi Jewish writer André Aciman, Luca Guadagnino’s multi-award nominated new film Call Me by Your Name (or Chiamami col tuo nome in Italian) is an ageless celebration of love and life, of scenic beauty and parallel human beauty - particularly that of the male body.

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10/2/2018

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

The Venice Film Festival and its role in bringing to the fore arthouse movies from all over the world

The Venice International Film Festival 2017 (30 August to 9 September) marked 74 years since its inception in 1932.

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4/12/2017

Speciale Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2018
Culture

Dogman ̶ Matteo Garrone’s successful return to noir

Attention-grabbing and non-conventional Dogman (2018) by Matteo Garrone is one of the films included under Special Presentations in this year’s Lavazza Italian Film Festival, and rightly so.

Speciale Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2018
Culture

Put grandma in the freezer - A given crowd-pleaser

Nastro d’Argento award-nominated black comedy Put Grandma in the Freezer (Metti la nonna in freezer, 2018), codirected by Giancarlo Fontana and Giuseppe G. Stasi, is one of the highlights in this year’s Lavazza Film Festival.

Speciale Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2018
Culture

The ambition that drives Lazzaro Felice

Lazzaro Felice (Happy as Lazzaro) is a cinematic feat that spans across time and place and is rich in complexity. Winner of Best Screenplay at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and starring director Alice Rohrwacher’s sister as one of the supporting characters most instrumental for the development of the second part of the narrative, the film ambitiously tells the tale of a rural community and the ordeals its members are subjected to over the years.

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