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Articles by: Natasha Lardera

  • Milanese conductor Paolo Carignani, guest of honor of the third Adventure in Italian Opera with Fred Plotkin, one of America’s foremost experts on opera , enthralled the audience at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò. At the moment the maestro is in New York City at the Metropolitan where he will be conducting all of the Puccini operas in the calendar: Turandot, Tosca, La Bohème and Madama Butterfly. He took some time to talk shop in a compelling conversation that revealed his philosophy on how to be happy and harmonious.
  • Before its official start on November 20th with the screening of Partly Cloudy (with Sunny Spells) by Marco Pontecorvo, N.I.C.E.-New Italian Cinema Events was introduced to the public at a press conference held at the Italian Cultural Institute and at a special preview of the film at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò.The organizers, Viviana del Bianco (Director) and Maya Breschi (US Executive Director), and some of the talent, directors Marco Pontecorvo, Matteo Bini and Alessia Scarso took the time to celebrate with the audience the festival's 25th edition.
  • Every fall for the past 25 years, N.I.C.E., New Italian Cinema Events, has brought an important selection of Italian films by first time and second time directors to New York. Directed by Viviana del Bianco N.I.C.E. has a mission: supporting and promoting contemporary Italian cinema on an international level. Through the years the festival has discovered many talents, including Oscar-winner Paolo Sorrentino. I-Italy spoke to Maya Breschi, US Executive Director.
  • Me and You, Io e Te, is a film from 2012 by Bernardo Bertolucci, his last one for now. The film, based in the novel by the same title by Niccolò Ammaniti, was screened at Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò as part of The New Literature from Europe Festival “an annual celebration of writing from across the European continent, featuring readings and discussions between leading and emerging literary voices from Europe.” Among this year’s representative there was Roman writer Niccolò Ammaniti.
  • Theater for the New City is about to present the American premiere of "Dealers of Souls" by Italian playwright Alberto Bassetti. It is a mystical play that dramatizes the struggle, real and supernatural, to block the appropriation of a theater for a supermarket.
  • Organized by Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò's theater company in residence, Kairos Italy Theater, and co-hosted with the Italian Cultural Institute, Pasolini 1975-2015 was a special treat for admirers of all ages. A surprise after the other provided additional insight into the life and art of the beloved Italian director. Among the guests, Gabriella Maione who starred in The Decameron and Guy Flatley who interviewed Pasolini back in 1969 while he was in New York.
  • On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Pier Paolo Pasolini's death, Kairos Italy Theater, Casa Italiana Theater Company in Residence, presents a celebration of his life in New York and of his influence over the work of future generations.
  • Alice Rohrwacher’s award winning film The Wonders is coming to New York. Her magical coming-of-age drama set in the Tuscan countryside that won the Grand Prix at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and that stars her sister, Alba Rohrwacher, will open in the city, at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, on October 30th. A national release will follow.
  • Art & Culture
    Natasha Lardera(October 09, 2015)
    Elena Ferrante is one of the very few recent Italian writers whose fame has reached the U.S., and now the tetralogy, the Neapolitan Novels, has earned an undisputed place in twenty-first-century letters. Cosponsored by the Writers' Institute, the Italian Cultural Institute and the Comparative Literature Program at the Graduate Center, CUNY, the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY, held a conversation on this Italian literary sensation.