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Fashion in Matera, the European Culture Capital of 2019

In the ninth edition of Città dei Sassi Fashion Awards, an international competition for high fashion stylists, Sardinian designer Mara Piras came out on top in Matera.

When Rome Was Italy’s Film and Fashion Capital

From Florence on down, craftsmanship reigns. Up north is the reign of finance, industry, and media, with Milan at the helm. And at the center presides Rome, like a classy patrician, the ancient capital of Italian couture. Leading us on this first installment of a multipart trip to the heart of Made in Italy is a doyen of the fashion world.

Open Roads 2017: the Present of Italian Cinema

The festival Open Roads: New Italian Cinema 2017 returns to Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theatre for its 17th edition. With a rich variety of this year’s Italian films, the festival offers a chance for the American public to experience the latest aesthetic trends of contemporary Italian cinema. We, here at i-Italy, had the chance to interview a few directors who presented some of the most original and controversial films.

Sofia Coppola Wins Best Director at Cannes Film Festival

On the 70th anniversary of the cinema's most prestigious festival, Sofia Coppola made history as the second female filmmaker to win the best director prize for her film "The Beguiled."

The History and Politics of the last 70 Years of Italian Migration to the U.S.

Italian immigration from 1945 to the present is an American phenomenon too little explored in our historical studies. Until now. In this new collection, Laura E. Ruberto and Joseph Sciorra edit essays by an elite roster of scholars in Italian American studies.

The Job of Promoting Contemporary Italy

A large part of my job entails presenting contemporary Italy to Americans already familiar with our prestigious past, explaining that our country isn’t just its glorious Renaissance. Contemporary Italian culture is an integral part of our country that we want to promote “as a system.”. Interview with Director of the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, Valeria Rumori.

Coordinating the Italian Presence as a System

"We promote Italian art, cinema, food and wine and other made in Italy products, while also showing tourism opportunities and teaching the audience about our achievements in science, manufacturing, and research. This is what we call a 'country-system approach.'. Interview with Consul General of Los Angeles, Antonio Verde.

Promoting Italy by Thinking Out of the Box

The closest historical equivalent to San Francisco may be Renaissance Florence, where a series of structural, economic and cultural conditions aligned to produce a once-in-lifetime situation. The Consulate General oversees a vast area, from Hawaii to Alaska, Seattle to San Jose. At its hearth lies San Francisco, the “Golden City,” and of course the Silicon Valley. Our conversation with Consul General Ortona cannot fail to start from this point.

The Italian Communities of America’s College Capital

Boston: a vibrant Italian-American community, hundreds of Italian students, professors and professionals, and a vast number of American Italophiles. Interview with Consul General of Boston, Nicola De Santis.

Italian Culture in NYC

Interview with the the head of the Italian Cultural Institute, Giorgio Van Straten. A wave of movies, art, music, and lectures as well as the biggest event of the season—European Art at the Time of the Treaties of Rome. The exhibit aims to show that the road to European integration wasn’t paved by politicians alone, but also by men of culture.

Networking Italophiles in the Tri-State Area

In the Tri-State Area there is a large population of Italophiles—people with a stated interest in all things Italian. One of the missions of the Consulate General is to turn this wide and diverse population of Italophiles into a well-connected community.

Italy’s Presence in the United States: “Not Like a Comet or TV Spot!”

We spoke with the cultural attaché to the Italian Embassy in Washington, DC, Renato Miracco, about the embassy’s role in the cultural promotion of Italy in the United States. Our conversation revealed a highly complex and long-term strategy for establishing a stable presence in the cultural landscape of America.

Into the Mind of the Godfather’s Father

If you know the lm well, you will appreciate the ideas surrounding the decisions the director made before and during the production. All in all, the value here is the unique access the Notebook gives us to the way Coppola worked, and this is the beauty of the book

Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels

Discussing Ferrante’s widely popular four-novel series. A literary success in Italy and worldwide, the series follows the life of two friends growing together and drifting apart across sixty years of Italian history.

Il Bello Marcello: A Celebration of an Italian Icon

A 28-film retrospective starring Italy's most iconic actor, Marcello Mastroianni, is coming to New York from May 17-31 at the Walter Reade Theater.

Celebrating Mother’s Day with the Italian American Community

The Italian Heritage and Culture Committee of New York recently showed their gratitude to the finest individuals and organizations in the Italian American community during the 2017 Leonardo da Vinci Award Ceremony.

Michelangelo: The Met Pays Tribute to the Italian Master

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is organizing its largest Michelangelo exhibition to date which will run from November 13th through February 12th, 2018. The upcoming show entitled “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer" will feature the Renaissance master's drawings, marble sculptures, and much more!

Cesare Luigi Caini: Life of an Art Curator

We interviewed Cesare Luigi Caini, the Vice President of New York’s Ierimonti Gallery and the Head of the Prints Department. A collector and expert on printing, Caini spoke with us about collecting and curating art between Europe and America. He combines profound knowledge with extensive experience in dealing with print collectors on an international level. His secret? “Experience, a good eye, and a deep knowledge of history.”

Viva Arte Viva! The 57th Venice Biennale

The 57th Venice Biennale, the world's oldest international exhibition of contemporary visual art, opens May 13 under the theme "Viva arte viva," or "Long Live Living Art." Founded in 1895, this prestigious art show-of-shows is expected to attract over 100,000 visitors before closing Nov. 26.

The Past is Never Dead. It's Not Even Past

For the first part of his life, Frank Serpico had to deal with the corruption of the New York City Police Department. Once he agreed to testify at the Knapp Commission in 1971 and then after the Peter Maas book and Sidney Lumet film (1973) starring Al Pacino, he had to deal with the mythical figure of Serpico.