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Fellini Film Festival at SAM – Postponed until April

Festa Italiana and the Seattle Art Museum present ten films by Federico Fellini in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth. The series begins on March 19 at 7:30 pm with a showing of “The White Sheik” and “Toby Dammit.”  Other films in the series will include “La Strada”, “The Nights of Cabiria”, “8 1/2” and “Amarcord”.  Check out the SAM website for more information and to buy tickets.

Il Punto Italian Language Conversation Group Moderators Needed

Volunteer for 1.5 hours, one Saturday morning per month, for either beginner/intermediate or intermediate/advanced levels.
  • Italian native language speaker required.
  • Experience as a moderator is not necessary.
  • Desire to share your knowledge of the Italian language and culture with enthusiastic (up to 8) participants required.
  • Help with identifying conversation topics available or you can select your own.
Cerchiamo volontari per i nostri gruppi di conversazione guidata.
  • Un sabato al mese, i gruppi si riuniscono per 90 minuti di conversazione guidata da una persona madrelingua italiana.
  • Non e` necessario avere esperienza come insegnante: e` sufficiente il desiderio di condividere la lingua e cultura italiana con persone entusiaste dell’Italia.
  • Ti possiamo suggerire noi gli argomenti, o li scegli tu!

March 5 Film, Lecture and Dinner – Seattle/Perugia Sister City Association

On Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 6:00 pm the Seattle/Perugia Sister City Association is hosting an Italian movie, lecture and dinner. Professor Antonio Iannotta will be the lecturer. He was the lecturer at the 2018 Italian film showing as well. Dr. Iannotta was born, raised and educated in Italy. Currently, he is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Italian at the University of San Diego and the Artistic Director of the San Diego Italian Film Festival.
The film chosen for the evening is Sedotta e Abbondanata. Before watching Sedotta e Abbandonata Dr. Iannotta will give a short lecture on Commedia all’italiana and the film’s director Pietro Germi. Briefly, Sedotta e Abbondanata is an Italian comedy about a love affair and how a father tries to remedy the family’s honor.

Film: Sedotta e Abbandonata (Seduced and Abandoned) with English subtitles.
Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm lecture, 6:30 pm film and 8:30 pm dinner
Where:  Ark Theater for film and lecture. Tutta Bella for dinner
Member Cost: $20 for movie and lecture
$60 movie, lecture, and dinner at Tutta Bella
Non-Member Cost: $24 for movie and lecture
$70 Movie, lecture and dinner at Tutta Bella
Included in dinner is a welcome glass of Prosecco, choice of 2 appetizers, 2 salads, 4 pizzas and 1 tiramisù.
Registration: Don’t delay! This event is strictly limited to 40 guests. Register today! There will be no refunds, but reservations are transferable. For questions, please hit reply.
For Bus or light rail directions, press here. It’s a 3 minute walk between the theater and Tutta Bella.
Parking: Some street parking or Diamond Parking Service, 3781S Hudson S, Seattle, WA 98118. Lot is 200 feet east of Tutta Bella.

Prof. Claudio Mazzolla – Italian Cinema and Immigration

When: October 23, 2019
Speaker: Prof. Claudio Mazzolla
Topic: Italian Cinema and Immigration

About the Speaker:

 Dr. Claudio Mazzola received his “Laurea” in English from the University of Milan in 1981. He also received a degree in cinema studies from the City University of Milan. Claudio went on to receive a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Washington in 1986. His area of expertise is Contemporary Italian fiction and Italian Cinema. He has published a number of articles on those topics.

Dr. Claudio Mazzola, a long-time presenter at Dante, gave a fascinating lecture about “Italian Cinema and Immigration” at the Italian-language presentation to the Dante Alighieri Society on October 23, 2019.  Italy, perhaps more than any other European country, has been at the forefront of the immigration debate in Europe.

Dr. Mazzola began by providing a historical background of immigration in Italy, showing a series of informative statistical charts and graphs whose numbers tell a story of immigration and give insight into a changing demographic. Few immigrants were present before the arrival of 10,000 Albanians at Bari in 1990, when immigration laws were not in place. (The only law in place was from 1930.) By January 2017, the resident population of Italy was shown to be 60,579,000 with 5,029,000 foreign residents.

He highlighted information drawn from ISTAT (Isituto Nazionale di Statistica) data to bring to the foreground changing cultural elements that have been reflected in films and documentaries. Immigration over the last thirty years has influenced the relatively homogeneous Italian culture with changes in food, businesses, work hours, marriages, and religion.  For example, an aging population is now supported by an influx of younger immigrants, including female caregivers (badanti), primarily from the Ukraine.  Intermarriages between Italians and non-Italians are more common, particularly between Italian men and foreign women.  (These are just a few of the fascinating trends and details that Dr. Mazzola highlighted.)

In the final part of the presentation, Dr. Mazzola listed films by decade and characterized them in response to immigration. In the first period, from 1990 – 2000, the films present a somewhat idealistic view of immigration. Lamerica (1994) by Gianni Amelio, Vesna va veloce (1996) by Carlo Mazzacurati, and L’articolo 2 (1994) by Maurizio Zaccaro are included in this period.

Films in the second phase, from 2000 – 2010, move away from the earlier paternalism and try to reflect the immigrant’s point of view.  Titles include: Saimir (2004) by Francesco Munzi, Quando sei nato non ti puoi più nascondere (2005) by Marco Tullio Giordana, and La giusta distanza (2007) by Carlo Mazzacurati.

Films in the third period, 2010 – present, portray the anxiety of the immigrant experience. Listed in this phase are: Scontro di Civiltà per un ascensore in Piazza Vittorio (2010) by Isotta Toso , Io sono Li (2011) by Andrea Segre , Terraferma (2011) by Emanuele Crialese, La’-bas (2011) by Guido Lombardi, and Ali ha gli occhi azzurri (2012) by Claudio Giovannesi.

Dr. Mazzola ended with film clips of a most moving film, Fuocoammare, Fire at Sea, (2016) about the only doctor on the island of Lampedusa, where many of the North African refugees and migrants land. In the film, the doctor is responsible for the huge influx of refugees that the island’s port receives and processes and for the island’s inhabitants, who seem to have little interaction with the refugees.

In one heartbreaking scene, the doctor is in a monologue recalling the horrors and overwhelming numbness of having to examine and document so many corpses, as well as the desperate state of many of the living immigrants, who arrive on overcrowded boats. In another contrasting scene, the doctor is diagnosing an engaging young resident Italian boy with a patch on his eye for “lazy eye.”  With these scenes, Mazzola highlighted the intentional contrast in the film, showing the doctor as the only point of interaction between the two groups.

Many thanks to Dr. Mazzola for an illuminating presentation on a timely and important topic. We appreciate his expertise in Italian Society in Film and Literature, which he teaches at the University of Washington, and hope he will return soon.

Mary Beth Moser