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Paola Randi, an Extra-Terrestrial Director for Italy

Paola Randi is not your typical Italian director. She discovered her passion for the movie industry when she was over 30 and no major cinema school would have enrolled her, she is from Milan “where working in cinema is considered for aliens only”, she is a woman, and for her second directorial feature, she chose sci-fi, a very unusual genre for Italian cinema. After all, as she explained, “I was told that I would have failed with my second movie like everybody does, especially when you first film did well. Well, I thought, if this is going to be my last movie, I’d rather be bold.”

The Search for Italy's Most Fascinating Presepi

Italian presepi -Nativity scenes, that is- come in all shapes, sizes, colors and dimensions. The historic ones in the venerable churches may have over 100 hand-carved figures. In today's presepi, Holy Families, shepherds and sheep may actually be alive - or be made of ice or sand.

Valeria Golino. Diva and anti-diva.

Interview with the actress and director who presented in New York her second directorial effort, Euphoria. She talks about women and cinema in Italy and confides a desire: winning one day the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival in France. "It took me a long time to do what I wanted to do," she says, "not because I found it difficult as a woman. The problem came from within: I would call it self-censorship."

NewYork/Palermo/NewYork. "Faith Within Your Hands"

Alessandra Salerno’s new single FAITH WITHIN YOUR HANDS is her first song recorded in New York collaborating with guitarist-producer Fabrizio Sotti

MoMA Celebrates Ugo Tognazzi

Tragedies of a Ridiculous Man. A retrospective that spans his four-decade career- (December 5–30, 2018 - The Museum of Modern Art)

Bosco Verticale. Like in a Fairy Tale

Bosco Verticale (in English Vertical Forest) is the marvelous masterpiece designed by the Italian architecture studio of Stefano Boeri. This project is part of the architectural renaissance that has been impacting Milan.

Italy on Screen Today Returns to New York and Miami

For this edition of the renowned Festival, Award-winning actress and director Valeria Golino will be our guest of honor during the screening of her film Euforia along with Director Julie Taymor and Novelist André Aciman. Special guest director Paola Randi will present her movie Little Tito and the Aliens.

Enjoy a Bird's Eye View of Ancient Rome

In a 22-year project, 50 classicists and computer experts have for the first time recreated ancient Rome in virtual reality. Thanks to new technology, students and scholars as well as the general public can fly over the Rome of 1,700 years ago.

La Dolce Vitti in L.A.

Monica Vitti enchanted cinema and the public. She is perhaps the last great Italian diva, an actress who provoked sympathy and emotion in both cinephiles and the general public. She united the two separate souls of Italian film, auteurist cinema and la Commedia all’italiana.

N.I.C.E. New Italian Cinema Celebrates Its 28th Edition!

With a new mission in mind, the film screenings of N.I.C.E. will be hosted by world-wide renowned Princeton University and the festival’s long term partner: NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò. Guests will include: Director and screenwriter Francesco Falaschi and writer, director and producer Andrea Magnani

Tribute to Louise DeSalvo (1942 - October 31, 2018)

Remembering an Italian/American award-winning teacher and writer, scholar, mentor and friend

Stolen Works of Art Recovered in the United States and Returned to Italy

On October 30, the Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities of the Italian Republic, Alberto Bonisoli, traveled to the Embassy of Italy for a restitution ceremony of twenty artifacts recovered by the United States over the past two years

Mean Streets to Silence: An Evening with Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese returns to his childhood parish, the Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral for a conversation about how his youthful imagination was inspired by his church and his neighborhood of Little Italy.

Joint Action for the Italian Language in the World

On October 22, the third edition of the "Gli Stati Generali della Lingua Italiana nel Mondo" took place in Rome. Villa Madama hosted the conference, seating up to dozens of diplomats, managers and scholars from all over the world. Villa Madama is a Renaissance villa owned by the Italian government, serving as location for international meetings.

An All-Female Cast Revitalizes The Worth of Women

The evening of October 25, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura brought to Washington, DC a very relevant performance entitled The Worth of Women, based on a book originally written over 400 years ago in Venice.

Rome Museum Honors Rino Barillari, Fellini's "King of the Paparazzi"

For his 1959 film "La Dolce Vita," Federico Fellini dubbed photographer Rino Barillari "King of the Paparazzi." This month Rome's prestigious Maxxi museum honors Barillari's 60-year career with an exhibition of 100 of his photos.

Fabrizio Freda. Inventing the Unexpected for the Selfie Generation

Interview with Fabrizio Freda, CEO of American luxury beauty products company Estée Lauder

Claudio Del Vecchio: The Key to Success is in Learning How to Listen

Interview with Claudio Del Vecchio, CEO of American luxury clothing brand Brooks Brothers, which celebrates its 200th anniversary this year

Frontaliers Disaster: An Evening of Swiss-Italian Comedy, Language, and Conversation

To celebrate Italian Language Week 2018, the Italian Cultural Institute and the Embassy of Switzerland held a joint event to demonstrate how language can be an opportunity to unify, not divide.

“Ferrante Fever”: A Documentary on the Success of the Pseudonymous Author, Directed by Giacomo Durzi

The Italian Cultural Institute in Washington presented Ferrante Fever, a documentary by Giacomo Durzi. The screening was followed by a panel discussion featuring movie director Giacomo Durzi and Ann Goldstein, the American translator of Ferrante’s novels, moderated by Laura Benedetti, professor of Italian at Georgetown University.