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Agostino Ferrente: Screenings and Master Class

Thanks to the hard work of  Luca Caminati and Giovanni Princigalli, Italian director Agostino Ferrente will be in Montreal from April 4 to 8 to present several of his films, as well as to give a Master Class on his work and Italian documentaries in general.

The screenings and master class will take place at the Cinémathèque Québecoise, the Concordia University and UQAM over the course of the director’s five day stay. For more detailed information, you can either consult the description of the events on the Italian Cultural Institute of Montreal website or read the abstracts bellow the break.


Friday, April 04, 2014 – Tuesday, April 08, 2014

The Italian Cultural Institute, the Cinémathèque Québécoise, l’École des médias UQAM, the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema of Concordia presents :


A series of screenings and a master class at the Cinémathèque Québecoise, the Concordia University and UQAM


Friday April 4th 2014 – 6:30pm L’ORCHESTRA DI PIAZZA VITTORIO Cinématheque Québécoise – Salle Fernand Seguin 335 Boulevard de Maisonneuve Est Presented by Giovanni Princigalli, in the presence of the director. Infoline (514) 842-9763

L’ORCHESTRA DI PIAZZA VITTORIO (Festival du Film de Locarno) Director: Agostino Ferrente [It., 2006, 90 min, OVSTF] Rome, Piazza Vittorio, a district, with a population with a high rate of immigration. Faced with the growing intolerance in their neighborhood, in the city and throughout the country, Mario Tronco, composer, and Augustine Ferrente, documentary, creating a crazy project: to bring together musicians from around the world in the same band with the same goal: to save the cultural space of Piazza Vittorio and his Apollo Cinema, destined to become a bingo hall … The film will follow this adventure as a diary for more than 5 years. 30 musicians, 4 continents, 15 countries, 8 languages. Between hearings, evidence, documents, threats of eviction and misunderstandings, the orchestra gradually becomes a reality…


Saturday April 5th 2014 – 4:30pm IL FILM DI MARIO Visual Arts Building – Concordia University Local VA-114, 1395 René Levèsque West Presented by Luca Caminati, in the presence of the director. Free admission. A Q&A period in English Infoline (514) 848-2424 ext. 4335 o 4666

IL FILM DI MARIO (Torino Film Festival) Director: Giovanni Piperno, Agostino Ferrente [It., 2002, 46 min, OVSTE] Mario, an italian from the South in his forties, is spontaneous and brave, doomed to perpetual poverty. Giovanni Piperno, director, decides to dedicate a movie. Mario, his face scarred by life, performs odd jobs. Car thief and seller of lighters during the day, gigolo in the evening in the slums of Bari as a child was a “half-rogue,” said an elderly woman. Today preserves a crib in the street, where he has parked his old Fiat 126. Mario wants “to show that this is not his life.” Soon, Mario, will take the reins of the documentary thus reversing the roles…

to follow: INTERVISTA A MIA MADRE (Torino Film Festival) Director: Giovanni Piperno, Agostino Ferrente [It., 2000, 52 min, OVSTE] Summer 1999, almost two thousand … Four lives are intertwined in Naples of reconstruction, sub-proletarian and bourgeois, where the expectations for the future are scarce, if not non-existent. Adele, fourteen, was rejected four times in the sixth grade – every year about three thousand children in Naples drop out from compulsory school -. Silvana, fourteen years old, lives in Ponticelli with his father, who in the past has been in prison, but is now an honest bricklayer who is separated and is a mother to four children. Fabio, twelve years old, lives in the Rione Sanità, in front of the home of Toto, from whom he inherited a verve that perhaps will keep him away from the conditionings of the pack. A world without projects and living in an invented world, told from the television, where males want to be great soccer players, female models. But at least this time, the perspective is reversed, and the cameras they use them in an unconventional and disarming. Meanwhile, Enzo, thirteen, the right hand, accompanied by his father on the guitar, singing classic songs Neapolitan between the tables of restaurants frequented by tourists.


Sunday April 6th 2014 – 6:30pm LE COSE BELLE Cinématheque Québécoise – Salle Fernand Seguin 335 Boulevard de Maisonneuve Est Presented by Giovanni Princigalli, in the presence of the director. Infoline (514) 842-9763

LE COSE BELLE (Mostra del cinema di Venezia) Director: Giovanni Piperno, Agostino Ferrente [It., 2013, 88 min, OVSTF] It is said that the time solves everything, but who says that there is really the time? Perhaps the time is not a popular belief, a superstition to keep away bad fortune, a song. We spend time to think, to wait, and then, unexpectedly, to remember. And then things get really beautiful one day or another? Or are they just a thing of the past? The difficulty of becoming an adult through the eyes of four young boys Neapolitan Fabio and Enzo, two boys of twelve, still children, and Adele and Silvana two naughty girls of fourteen. Four eyes full of tenderness, irony, cynicism and naivety, fear and beauty … that we find again deeply changed after ten years.


Tuesday April 8th 2014 – 9:30 Master Class by AGOSTINO FERRENTE Vision of extracts from his films and other works of the Italian documentary. École des médias UQAM Pavillon Judith-Jasmin Annexe (JE) 1564, rue Saint-Denis Free admission. In French. Infoline (514) 277-3229

A special thanks to Luca Caminati, Associate Professor, Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in Montréal and Concordia University and Giovanni Princigalli, Italian-Canadian director and  Chargé de cours at the École des médias UQAM, for the creation of this event.

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