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Articles by: Natasha Lardera

  • Starting on May 22, and ending on the 31, the Film Society of Lincoln Center presents an all-Italian film series: Titanus, A Family Chronicle of Italian Cinema. Featuring works by filmmakers like Federico Fellini, Vittorio De Seta, Michelangelo Antonioni, Ermanno Olmi, Dario Argento, Vittorio De Sica, and Mario Monicelli, among others, the series focuses mainly on the films produced at Titanus from the late ’40s to the early ’60s.
  • Nanni Moretti's latest film “Mia Madre” in competition at Cannes tells the story of a film director having to deal with a dying mother and other crises. Starring Moretti himself along with Margherita Buy and John Turturro, the film touches a troubling topic that all of us will face. Moretti's telling is sweet and sentimental and pretty biographic.
  • Solo andata - Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino
    Set to text by Neapolitan author Erri de Luca, and directed by actor and director Alessandro Gassmann, "Solo Andata" (One Way Ticket) is the latest video, for the song by the same title, by Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, Italy's leading band on the world music scene. The video addresses the ongoing issue of immigrants arriving from North Africa to Italy's shores.
  • Isabella Carloni is the writer, director and interpreter of Viola di Mare a one of a kind play that opened the third edition of In Scena! The Italian theater festival in New York at Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimo'. Viola di Mare is based on the novel Minchia di re by Giacomo Pilati and it tells the story of a forbidden love. A woman who is in love with a woman, must become a man in order to be free to do so.
  • "Being Leonardo da Vinci," written by and starring Massimiliano Finazzer Flory, depicts the Renaissance Man in all his glory as he is interviewed by a modern day journalist. The format is rather unique: old Leonardo sits across a reporter who asks him about anything, partly in English, partly in Renaissance Italian and partly in dance.
  • Presented by Kairos Italy Theater (KIT), the preeminent Italian theater company in New York, for the third consecutive year, In Scena!, the Italian Theater Festival in New York is about to start (May 4 – 20). In Scena! will bring 8 shows to be performed, in English, Italian, and in different Italian dialects, in over two full weeks. The festivla opens on May 4th at Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimo' with a double-bill: Homage to Pasolini and Viola di Mare.
  • Sworn Virgin by Italian director Laura Bispuri won the 2015 Nora Ephron Prize at the 14th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival. The film tells the story of Mark, an Albanian man, who used to be a girl until she vowed chastity and to wear male clothing in order to live as a man in patriarchal northern Albanian society. Laura Bispuri answered some questions.
  • Dining in & out: Articles & Reviews
    Natasha Lardera(April 23, 2015)
    The first edition of the Mediterranean Diet Roundtable has just concluded. The event, produced by Accent PR and put together by its President, Daniela Puglielli, has brought together different segments of the U.S. Food Industry willing to capitalize on the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet for their respective audiences.
  • The 2015 edition of the Summer Fancy Food Show is going to be super special as Italy signed on as partner country sponsor of the show. This is the first time since its inception in 1955 that the show organizer, the Specialty Food Association, has partnered up with a country to sponsor the event.
  • As the city awaits sunshine and warmth, its cultural institutions welcome numerous Italian flavored events. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts celebrates the life of Italian-American legend Frank Sinatra, while the Tribeca Film Festival brings to the US four Italian films, including the Taviani's latest masterpiece Wondrous Boccaccio.