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Eventi - Primavera 2014

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On campus


Verdi, the Revolutionary: How Music United a NationItalian street scene
   A Workshop with Dr. Ron Shaheen

24 marzo | rigsby language and culture commons (Founders 123)

Time: 2:30-3:50 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: Loredana Di Martino,

Giuseppe Verdi, one of the greatest opera composers who ever lived, captured a nation's aspirations in his art.  Come listen to some great music by this renowned composer and learn how his name became synonymous with the unification of Italy.

About the speaker: Dr. Shaheen received his doctorate in historical musicology from the University of California, Los Angeles. The subject of his dissertation centered on Italian opera of the early 19th century. As a Fulbright Scholar, he pursued his doctoral research in the musical archives of Northern Italy. Concurrently with his musicological pursuits, Dr. Shaheen studied singing and vocal pedagogy. He is a member of the American Musicological Society and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).  At USD Dr. Shaheen teaches "Music for the Stage," voice class, and is co-director of the Opera Workshop.  He also coordinates the individual music lessons for the Music Department and teaches individual voice lessons.


Off campus

L.A. Italia Film Festival

Where: TLC Chinese Theaters, Hollywood/Los Angeles
When: Feb. 23 - Mar. 1
Time: 4 p.m.
Cost: Free


First come, first seated.

Please be sure you check the daily program here:

For specific questions please write to

Sunday, February 23

10:30 a.m.

Tribute to the legendary maestro Eduardo De Filippo

Special Screening! Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Paolo Sorrentino, Director | 2004 | 138 mins.

1:00 p.m.

Introducing the Italian poet of music Francesco De Gregori

Dress Rehearsal

Nik Bello, Director | documentary | 42 mins.

1:50 p.m.

Lucky and Zorba

Enzo D'Alò, Director | 1998 | animated | 75 mins.
The director will attend the event.

3:20 p.m.

Remembering Giuliano Gemma

Guiliano Gemma: An Italian in the World

Vera and Giuliana Gemma, Directors | documentary | 2013 | 82 mins.
The directors will attend the event.

4: 45 p.m.

The Great Beauty

Paolo Sorrentino, Director | 2013 | 150 mins.

7:30 p.m.

Focus on Roberto Faenza

Special Screening! Anita B.

Roberto Faenza, Director | 2014 | 98 mins.
The director, actress Eline Powell, and Antonio Cupo will attend the event.

9:15 p.m.

Opening Ceremony

9:45 p.m.

Honoring Italian-American David O. Russell

Special Screening! American Hustle

David O. Russell, Director | 2013 | 128 mins.
The director will attend the event.


Monday, February 24

9:30 a.m.

Tribute to the legendary maestro Eduardo De Filippo

Marriage Italian Style

Vittorio De Sica, Director | 1964 | 102 mins.

11:30 a.m.

Special Screening!  The Medicine Seller

Antonio Morabito, Director | 2014 | 105 mins.

1:30 p.m.

Focus on Roberto Faenza

The Lost Lover

Roberto Faenza, Director | 1999 | 97 mins.

3:20 p.m.

Eni Culture of Energy - Gela Makes News

Ferdinando Cerchio, Director | documentary | 11 mins.

Hopeful Notes

Valerio Zanoli, Director | 2010 | 89 mins.
Director and actor Walter Nudo will attend the event.

5:15 p.m.

Special Screening! P.O.V.

Tommaso Cardile, Director | 2014 | 5 mins.

Bergman & Magnani: The War of Volcanoes

Francesco Patierno, Director | 2010 | documentary | 52 mins.
The director will attend the event.

6:30 p.m.

Eni Culture of Energy – Rethink Energy

Documentary | 6 mins. | interview with Toni Servillo

Special Screening! Walt Disney and Italy - A Love Story

Marco Spagnoli, Director | 2014 | documentary | 52 min.
The director will attend the event.

7:30 p.m.

Special Screening! Like The Wind

Marco Simon Puccioni, Director | 2013 | 110 mins.
The director will attend the event.

9:45 p.m.

Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the '70s

Mike Malloy, Director | 2012 | 137 mins.
The director, actor Franco Nero, and many more artists will attend the event.


Tuesday, February 25

9:30 a.m.

Tribute to the legendary maestro Eduardo De Filippo

The Mayor

Ugo Fabrizio Giordani, Director | 1997 | 92 mins.

11:10 a.m.

Focus on Roberto Faenza

Look to the Sky

Roberto Faenza, Director | 1993 | 100 mins.

1:00 p.m.

Special Screening! Raise Your Head

Alessandro Angelini, Director | 2009 | 88 mins.
Actress Anita Kravos will attend the event.

2:40 p.m.

Special Screening! The Art of Happiness

Alessandro Rak, Director | 2013 | 82 mins.

4:20 p.m.

Eni Culture of Energy – Doc Gela Makes News

Ferdinando Cerchio, Director | documentary | 11 mins.

Special Screening! Pinocchio

Enzo D'Alò, Director | 2012 | animated | 75 mins.
The director will attend the event.

6:00 p.m.

Special Screening! Cool People

Francesco Patierno, Director | 2014 | 105 mins.
The director will attend the event.

8:00 p.m.

The Cut

Gianluca Minucci, Director | 2013 | 10 mins.

Special Screening! The Third Half

Enrico Maria Artale, Director | 2013 | 95 mins.
The director will attend the event.

10:00 p.m.

Special Screening! Un boss in salotto

Luca Miniero, Director | 2014 | 105 mins.


Wednesday, February 26

9:00 a.m.

Special Screening! The Day Will Come

Giuseppe Ferlito, Director | 2013 | 86 mins.

10:40 a.m.

The Big Heart of Girls

Pupi Avati, Director | 2011 | 85 mins.
Actress Isabelle Adriani will attend the event.

12:15 p.m.

The Displaced Child

Pupi Avati, Director | 100 mins.

2:15 p.m.

Focus on Roberto Faenza

The Soul Keeper

Roberto Faenza, Director | 2002 | 100 mins.

4:10 p.m.

Special Screening! The Mystery of Dante

Louis Nero, Director | 2014 | 100 mins.
The director will attend the event.

6:00 p.m.

I Will Kill You

Francesco Cinquemani, Director | 12 mins.
The director will attend the event.

Special screening! Something Good: The Mercury Factor

Luca Barbareschi, Director | 2013 | 105 mins.

8:15 p.m.

Romeo & Juliet

Carlo Carlei, Director | 2013 | 118 mins.
Actor Tomas Arana will attend the event.

10:30 p.m.

Special Screening! Handy

Vincenzo Cosentino, Director | 2013 | 85 mins.
Actor Franco Nero will attend the event.


Thursday, February 27

9:00 a.m.

Tribute to the legendary maestro Eduardo De Filippo

Ghosts, Italian Style

Renato Castellani, Director | 1967 | 104 mins.

10:50 a.m.

Special Screening! Brain Drain

Paolo Ruffini, Director | 2013 | 100 mins.

12:40 a.m.

Italian Movies

Matteo Pellegrini, Director | 2012 | 99 mins.

2:30 p.m.

Focus on Roberto Faenza

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You

Roberto Faenza, Director | 2011 | 98 mins.

4:20 p.m.

Special Screening! Blame Freud

Paolo Genovese, Director | 2014 | 100 mins.  
The director and producer Marco Belardi will attend the event.

6:30 p.m.

Honoring the Italian Poet of Music Francesco De Gregori

Special Screening! Broken Windows

Stefano Pistolini, Director | documentary | 103 mins.
Artist Francesco De Gregori will attend the event.

9:00 p.m.

Honoring Italian-Americans: Martin Scorsese and Leonardo Di Caprio

The Wolf of Wall Street

Martin Scorsese, Director | 2013 | 180 mins.


Friday, February 28

10:00 a.m.

Focus on Roberto Faenza

The Days of Abandonment

Roberto Faenza, Director | 2005 | 96 mins.

11:45 a.m.

Tribute to the legendary maestro Eduardo De Filippo

Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Lina Wertmueller, Director | 1992 | 119 mins.

1:50 p.m.

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Vittorio De Sica, Director | 1963 | 119 mins.

4:00 p.m.

The Family Friend

Paolo Sorrentino, Director | 2006 | 102 mins.

6:00 p.m.

The Consequences of Love

Paolo Sorrentino, Director | 2004 | 100 mins.

8:00 p.m.

This Must Be the Place

Paolo Sorrentino, Director | 2011 | 118 mins.

10:15 p.m.

One Man Up

Paolo Sorrentino, Director | 2001 | 100 mins.


Saturday, March 1

9:00 a.m.

Special Screening! A Small Southern Enterprise

Rocco Papaleo, Director | 2013 | 103 mins.

10:50 a.m.

Special Screening! Spaghetti Story

Ciro De Caro, Director | 2013 | 83 mins.

12:30 p.m.

Tribute to the legendary maestro Eduardo De Filippo

Side Street Story

Eduardo De Filippo, Director | 1950 | 83 mins.

2:10 p.m.

Monologue by Eduardo de Filippo: The Piano Marshall 10 mins.

394 Trilogy in the World

Massimiliano Pacifico, Director | 2011 | 55 mins.

3:20 p.m.

Eni Culture of Energy – Rethink Energy

Documentary | 6 mins. | Interview with Toni Servillo

Il Divo: La spettacolare vita di Giulio Andreotti

Paolo Sorrentino, Director | 2008 | 110 mins.

5:30 p.m.

Special Screening! Blame Freud

Paolo Genovese, Director | 2014 | 100 mins.

7:40 p.m.

Laura Pausini: The Italian Queen of Pop

Vincenzo Mollica, Director | 45 mins.


Two films and a Panel Discussion: Stories of Immigration, Work, and Tragedy

Where: UCSD: Faculty Club    Directions
When: Mar. 9
Time: 4 p.m.
Cost: Free

The UCSD Dept of Literature / Italian Studies Program in conjunction with the SD Italian Film Festival the UCSD Faculty Club and SDSU Italian Studies present two films and a panel discussion. Stories of immigration, work, and tragedy blend in these works by Ethiopian-Italian Dagmawi Yimer, and filmmaker Andre Segre with journalist Stefano Liberti.

Và pensiero (2013, 58 minutes) begins on May 31, 2011. A right wing extremist kills Sam Modu and Diop Mor, and wound other Senegalese men as they work among the stands of the market in Piazza Dalmazia, Florence.  Among them are Mor Sougou and Cheik Mbeng who, for the first time in this film, retell the events of that day.  This film takes on the straight-forward yet difficult task of bringing to the light an often well hidden reality.

South of Lampedusa (2006, 28 minutes) shot in the Sahara desert, shows immigration’s hidden face before arriving at the last stop on the Italian island of Lampedusa.   The film documents the harsh journeys and testimonies of migrant workers arrested in Libya and abandoned on the Nigerian border.

Following the films, the three directors will participate in a discussion and Q & A conducted by Professors Pasquale Verdicchio and Clarissa Clò.

About the directors:                 

Andrea Segre is an Italian filmmaker. His recent feature films Shun Li and the Poet (Io sono Li, 2011) and Early Snow (La prima neve, 2013) have received international critical acclaim and have won numerous prizes. In recent years he has made documentaries on the passage of migrants from Africa to Europe through the Mediterranean, in the face of European detention and repatriation practices. Like a Man on Earth (which he codirected with Dagmawi Yimer), South of Lampedusa and Closed Sea (both of which he codirected with Stefano Liberti) belong to this period.

Dagmawi Yimer is an Ethiopian-born, Italy-based director specializing in documentary filmmaking. Having survived a year-long journey through the Sahara, numerous stints in Libya’s notorious transit camps, and a perilous sea-voyage to Italy, Yimer began filming the experiences and testimonies of other migrants who had undertaken similarly harrowing journeys from Africa to Europe. His first major documentary was Like a Man on Earth, undertaken with Andrea Segre.

Stefano Liberti is an Italian journalist, writer and screenwriter. He collaborated with Andrea Segre to the documentary short A sud di Lampedusa (South of Lampedusa, 2006) and was awarded the Indro Montanelli Prize in 2009 for his book A sud di Lampedusa. He co-directed Closed Sea with Andrea Segre in 2012.


Mediterranean Passages: Filming Migration and Human Rights

Where: SDSU: Aztec Student Union Theatre
When: Mar. 11
Time: 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

The Italian Program, the Department of European Studies and the College of Arts and Letters have the pleasure to host directors Andrea Segre, Dagmawi Yimer and Stefano Liberti who will present and discuss two of their films about the ongoing humanitarian crisis surrounding migration in the Mediterranean region:

12:30 pm: Like a man on earth (Come un uomo sulla terra) TRAILER

2008, 60 minutes, Amharic, Italian, and English with English subtitles) directed by Andrea Segre and Dagmawi Yimer.

Synopsis: The film follows Dag's story. Law student in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), who decided to leave his country because of the strong political repression. In Winter 2005 he crossed the desert between Sudan and Libya. However in Libya he had to endure not only the violence of those smugglers managing the journey towards the Mediterranean, but also and most of all the abuses and violence of the Libyan police, responsible of blanket arrests and inhuman deportations. Survived to the Libyan trap, Dag succeeded in arriving in Italy by sea, in Rome, where he started to attend the school of Italian language of Asinitas Onlus, meeting place for many African immigrants.

2:00pm: Closed Sea (Mare chiuso) TRAILER

2012, 60 minutes, Amharic, Tigrinya, Somali with English subtitles) directed by Stefano Liberti and Andrea Segre.

Synopsis: Since March 2011, after the outbreak of the Libyan War, many African migrants and refugees escaped from the country. While a part of this flow has found shelter in refugee camps at the border with Tunisia, others managed to reach Italian coasts by boat. Many of them had been previously pushed back by Italy as a result of an agreement signed by Berlusconi and Gaddafi in 2008.


House of Italy Lawn Program

Where: Balboa Park: International Cottages (Map)
When: Apr. 27
Time: 12-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Experience Italian culture and cuisine at our annual lawn program in the park.



Exhibit: Italian ArtPortrait of a Lady in a Green Dress - 1530 - Bartolomeo Veneto

Balboa Park: Timken Museum of Art


Time: Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Sun., 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: 619 239 5548 |

The world-class Putnam Foundation Collection is on permanent display in the Timken Museum of Art. European old master paintings, Russian icons and American art constitute the primary focus of the collection.

The Putnam Collection's European paintings span nearly 600 years of Western art from early Italian altarpieces to mid-nineteenth century French landscape painting. The collection includes fine examples of French, Dutch, Flemish, and Italian painting. A featured highlight is San Diego's only painting by the great Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn.

The American collection is noted for its choice selection of paintings. Among its celebrated masterworks are paintings by John Singleton Copley and Eastman Johnson.

Russian icons from the Moscow and Novgorad schools, the oldest dating to the fifteenth century, are on view in a special gallery. A late bronze sculpture of Mercury by the famed sculptor Giambologna graces the center of the rotunda, which is adorned with French seventeenth century tapestries from the Stories of Queen Artemisia series.

Logo House of Italy Balboa ParkOpen House

balboa park: international cottages (Map)


Time: Sundays, 12-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

The House of Italy has the warmth of an Italian salon and is decorated with a ceiling mural, and photographs of Italian scenes. Visitors are greeted with a warm Italian welcome and treated to biscotti and gelato, Italian cookies and ice cream. Please visit and learn about Italy!




march 6, 2013: Lecture by Prof. Giacomo Rodina: "Goodbye Dolce Vita. How Italy's Economic
Miracle Has Turned Into a Quarter-century-long Economic Decline"

About the speaker: A native of Urbino, Italy, Prof. Rondina joined the Department of Economics of the University of California at San Diego in 2007, after obtaining his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His research is in the field of Macroeconomics and his interests include the studying of the determinants of business cycles in industrialized economies and the analysis of global financial imbalances and their implications for recurrent financial crises. His work has been published in several journals including the American Economic Review and the Journal of Monetary Economics. He is the recipient of several grants and scholarships including funding from the National Science Foundation.

Sponsored by the ESFI Fund.


oct. 17, 2013: Lecture: Anatomy and Art in the Italian Renaissance by Kevin Petti, PhD

Italy’s medieval universities established the study of human anatomy for medical professionals. To heighten their art, Renaissance masters clandestinely studied anatomy through human dissection. An anatomy professor at San Diego Miramar College and a USD graduate, Prof. Petti studies the relationship between art and science, focusing on the work of great Italian Renaissance masters. His talk will examine the profound nexus between art and science, and the history of anatomy education in the university.

Sponsored by the Department of Languages and Literatures with a grant from the ESFI fund, and by the School of Leadership Studies.

oct. 28, 2013: Documenting the Italian Diaspora: Film screening and panel discussion with filmmakers Paul Tana and Marco Bertozzi

USD and The San Diego Italian Film Festival will show a series of documentary films about the Italian immigrant experience, including Paul Tana’s Ricordati di noi, a film dealing with the preservation of television footage that captures the life of Montreal's Italian community. The screening will be followed by a discussion with filmmakers Paul Tana and Marco Bertozzi. All films will have English subtitles.

Sponsored by the Department of Languages and Literatures with a grant from the ESFI fund, and by The San Diego Italian Film Festival (SDIFF).


oct. 30, 2013: Lecture: Italian Americans in the Media by Fulvio S. Orsitto, PhD

Prof. Fulvio Orsitto, Associate Professor and Director of the Italian and Italian American program at California State University, Chico, will give a talk about the representation of Italian Americans in the media. The first part of the talk will focus on cinema, touching upon various stylemes and stereotypes that recur in films directed by Italian Americans, but also by directors who do not belong to this community. The second part of the presentation will be centered on the depiction of Italian Americans in American TV; while the third and final part will briefly touch upon the presence of Italian Americans in American music industry.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Languages and Literatures with a grant from the ESFI fund, and by the "Intersections" Living and Learning Community (joint event for the preceptorial courses ITAL 294 and COMM 130).