100+ YEARS OF THE GREAT ITALIAN MOVIEMAKERS

Filmmaker Sara Lo Russo on Basilicata's Tech Hub

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Capturing Chaos: Nadine Labaki’s Capernaum and the Children of Neorealism

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Filippo Luna talks about his role in Sicilian Ghost Story, now playing in the U.S.

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Matera, Basilicata: From Italy's shame to the 2019 European Capital of Culture

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Women in Film

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The Trailblazers

From the silent era to today, Italian women have stepped behind the camera to tell their stories. We've partnered with Directed By Women to keep those stories alive by featuring women who gave and continue to give voice to the female experience through cinema.

Alice Rohrwacher

She’s one of Italy’s most promising directors and now she is teaming up with Martin Scorsese to present her latest work on Netflix. 


The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 2016 artist in residence was the Tuscan native director Alice Rohrwacher. Born in Florence in 1981 to an Italian mother and German Father, she attended Torino University where she graduated with a degree in Classic Literature. Her first jobs after college included writing for theater and playing music. She entered the film industry as an editor of documentary films before directing her first feature, Corpo Celeste (Heavenly Body), the tale of a teenage girl painfully assimilating into the culture of southern Italy and the Roman Catholic Church. The film premiered in Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight in 2011, and was then selected for a number of international film festivals before being released in the United States. 

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Spotlight on Cineturismo

Basilicata: Land of Cinema

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From Italian films to Hollywood blockbusters, the region of Basilicata is in high demand 

due to its stunning natural landscapes and ancient stone structures.

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Stream Classic & Contemporary Italian Cinema

Cabiria, Giovanni Pastrone

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This 1914 silent film epic set a new standard for filmmaking in its day. The story follows a young Sicilian girl in the aftermath of a catastrophic volcanic eruption.

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Don't Be Bad, Claudio Caligari

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Italy’s 2015 Oscar entry is the story of an unbreakable bond between two friends living in a world dominated by quick money, crime and drugs as they struggle to overcome the odds.

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Rehearsal For A Sicilian Tragedy

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A love letter to the land of his origins, John Turturro explores his Sicilian heritage in this documentary that came about after researching for a possible feature film in which he would play a Sicilian puppeteer. 

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Ripley's game, Liliana Calvani

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Based on the novel Ripley's game by Patricia Highsmith, Calvani’s 2002 film by the same name stars John Malkovich as a vengeful former hitman who attempts to retire to a mansion in northern Italy.

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On Exhibit

When Sound Becomes Form

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On display at the MAXXI Museum in Rome, explore the story of the Italian sonic avant-garde through photographs, films, videos, historic posters, original LPs and audio contributions.

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