Italian Cultural Institute presents “Fare Cinema,” the first annual Italian Cinema Week, beginning May 22

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The Italian Cultural Institute (500 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1450) presents “Fare Cinema,” (Filmmaking), May 22 – 29, featuring screenings of three acclaimed films and appearances by their filmmakers and/or producers, including David di Donatello-award winning actor/director Luigi Lo Cascio, and a special event with costume designer Anna Lombardi. All events are free and open to the public.

Coordinated by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, Luce Cinecittá, and ANICA, “Fare Cinema” is the first international celebration of Italian film on this scale, being presented worldwide by the 83 Italian Cultural Institutes to promote the creative genius of the Italian movie industry.

“We are proud to showcase work of some of the most prominent Italian film artists to Chicago during ‘Fare Cinema,’” said Italian Cultural Institute Director Alberta Lai. “The films we are screening include two documentaries, as well as a feature film starring and directed by one of Italy’s most acclaimed actors, Luigi Lo Cascio, who has been awarded the Italian equivalent of the Best Actor Academy Award.”

“Fare Cinema” at the Italian Cultural Institute consists of four scheduled events:

Tuesday, May 22, 6 pm

Screening of the documentary “Where the Clouds Go” (“Dove Vanno le Nuvole”)
2016, by Massimo Ferrari
75 min.

Screening of the short film “The Interview”
2017, by Massimo Ferrari

Director Massimo Ferrari and producer Gaia Capurso in attendance for a post-screening conversation

From Treviso to Riace, passing through Bologna and Padova, this documentary tells the stories and experiences of those who have been brave enough to try to transform fear into opportunities and utopia into reality. This is a documentary that travels through Italy and the migration emergency, revealing surprising models of coexistence and a moving humanity.

The writer and director Massimo Ferrari is an acclaimed filmmaker and Academy Award winner. His most recognized work is the documentary “Sophia: Leri, Oggi, Domani” (2007), which featured Woody Allen and Giorgio Armani and earned Massimo two Academy Awards. Gaia Capurso is a writer and producer who started her career at Cinecittà Entertainment in 2003 and since has produced many Italian cinema documentaries. Gaia and Massimo have collaborated in the past to produce the short film “Il Colliquoay” (2017) and documentary “Sophia: Leri, Oggi, Domani” (2007). She has also participated in various Festivals including Rome Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Salerno International Festival and BA Film Festival.

Wednesday, May 23, 6 pm

Screening of the documentary “Andrea Doria: Are the Passengers Saved?” (“Andrea Doria: I Passeggeri Sono Salvi?”)
2016, by Luca Guardabascio
77 min.

Producer Pierette Simpson and cinematographer Richard Haskin in attendance for a post-screening conversation

On July 25, 1956, the Italian passenger liner Andrea Doria was broadsided by the ship Stockholm near Nantucket Island. Pierette, a 9-year-old Italian girl emigrating to America with her grandparents, was among the 1660 survivors of the most catastrophic sea collision in peacetime history. For the 60th anniversary, Pierette returns to her native village of Pranzalito to document on film the hidden truth surrounding the tragedy. Interviews with survivors and naval experts throughout Italy and the U.S. are accompanied by re-enactments of Pierette’s departure from her village and her arrival to the New World. Archival footage from the Ansaldo shipyard accompanies the narration by some survivors and naval experts.

Pierette Simpson is the author of the chronicle, “Alive on the Andrea Doria! The Greatest Sea Rescue in History.” Simpson has become the first shipwreck survivor to collaborate with a naval architect in writing a complete technical report of the Andrea Dori/Stockholm collision and sinking. She makes her producing debut by transforming her publication into a film.
Richard Haskin is currently the event photographer for the Italian American Alliance and is an organized member of the Italian Film Festival U.S.A. Haskin graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and continues to pursue his passion of photography.

Saturday, May 26, 6 pm

Screening of the film “The Ideal City” (“La Città Ideale”)
2012, by Luigi Lo Cascio
105 min.

Director/Writer/Actor Luigi Lo Cascio in attendance for a post-screening conversation

Luigi Lo Cascio directs, scripts and stars in this film, which tells the story of Michele Grassadonia, a fervent environmentalist. A long time ago, he moved from Palermo to Siena, his ideal city. He carried out an experiment in his flat for longer than one year: living in full self-
sufficiency, without running water or electricity. On a rainy night, Michele gets caught up in a series of confusing and mysterious events. From this moment on, his joyful experience in the ideal city starts to waver.

Luigi Lo Cascio began his career in theater, upon graduating from the Italian National Drama Academy Silvio D’Amico in 1992. He won the David di Donatello as best actor for his starring role in “I Cento Passi” (2000) by Marco Tullio Giordana, the same director of the awarded-winning movie “La Meglio Gioventù.” In 2012, Lo Cascio debuted as film director and writer with “La Città Ideale.”

Tuesday, May 29, 6 p.m.

"Clothes vs Costumes": A Lecture by Costume Designer Anna Lombardi

Costume Designer Anna Lombardi will illustrate the unique craft of a costume designer by examining the structure and methodology of the work and expertise it entails. As part of this lecture, she will analyze the difference between costumes chosen for a film set in a contemporary time period and one set in the 1950s. Photographs and film clips will be shown from the following films: "Brutti e Cattivi" (2017) by Cosimo Gomez and "Voice From The Stone" (2017) by Eric D. Howell, the costumes for both of which she designed. The reciprocal influence of fashion and cinema will be highlighted, as well as the close relationship the costume designer has with the make-up and hair stylists, photographer and director.

Anna Lombardi was nominated for Best Costumes in Film for “Anita B” in 2014 at the Premio Berenice Awards and again in 2018 for Best Costume Design at the David di Donatello Awards for “Brutti e Cattivi.” She has also been an assistant to Academy Award-winning designers such as Sandy Powell, Alexandra Byrne, Colleen Atwood, Gabriella Pescucci, Janty Yates on movies such as “Gangs of New York” (Martin Scorsese), “The Aviator” (Martin Scorsese), “All the Money in The World” (Ridley Scott) and many others.

Tickets and Reservations

All events are free to the public. Reservations to each event are required to guarantee admission. To make a reservation please visit, where all scheduled events are listed with additional information.

“Fare Cinema” will receive promotional support from the Chicago International Film Festival.

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