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  • Antonio Monda, writer, essayist, director, and professor in the Department of Film and Television at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, is one of the most famous faces of the Italian cultural scene in New York City. He has just published the third book of a “ten-volume novel.” In the following interview, he and Stefano Albertini, director of NYU’s Casa Italiana Zerilli- Marimò, discuss this book, entitled Ota Benga, set in Monda’s beloved New York at the turn of the twentieth century. Through the true story of Ota Benga, a Congolese pygmy kidnapped and brought to the United States to be exhibited in a zoo in 1904, the novel merges fiction with history and touches upon issues such as the practice of “pseudo-science” and racism in the era of modernization.
  • New York's favorite Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò closed the season of cultural events with a successful round table with the directors and actors of Open Roads: New Italian Cinema at Lincoln center. With the guidance of Stefano Albertini and Antonio Monda, Italian actors and directors discussed their films and what seems to be a great moment for Italian cinema.
  • It has now been ten years since Antonio Monda and Davide Azzolini held the first edition of their literary festival “Le Conversazioni”, on the beautiful island of Capri. Since then the event has grown and now takes place in four different cities spanning over 3 continents. The festival takes the form of casual yet sophisticated discussions between notorious intellectual figures. We met with the organizers during their annual New York preview at NYU’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Merimò and talked about the event’s inception and about what’s to be expected from the season’s NYC events at the Morgan Library, at the NY Historical Society, and at the Guggenheim.
  • Art & Culture
    George De Stefano(April 23, 2015)
    A homage to Francesco Rosi's political cinema and the US premiere of the Taviani brothers' film about love and the Black Death
  • The American editions of Le Conversazioni take place in New York in the auditorium of The Morgan Library and Museum. Through the leitmotiv underlying theme of the scenes that make up their life, cultural figures are invited to debate the yearly subject and, in general, their own creative activities. That of 2014 is the ninth edition of Le Conversazioni, a traveling festival that takes place in the beautiful island of Capri, in New York and, for the first time this year, in Rome.
  • Gianni Amelio. Movies, and Everything After
    Art & Culture
    Stefano Albertini(September 18, 2014)
    One of the most influential Italian film directors of our times speaks about his cinema, his vision of life, and his life when he is not working.
  • Since the festival’s inception, Antonio Monda has handled the artistic side of things, choosing which films to bring to American audiences eager to see diversity, art, beauty and, simply put, a sampling of the most significant Italian films of the past year. The 2014 edition includes the latest work by established veterans, award winners and promising new talents making commercial and independent films
  • New York came alive with a series of events, which protagonist again this year was Italian design. Among the many noteworthy events we participated in the events hosted in the living-showroom-Apart Design. This interesting initiative was born in Italy and arrived in New York to revive and spread the values of craftsmanship and technological research design of Made in Italy.
  • Le Conversazioni is an anglophone literary festival created by two Italian film personalities: professor and writer Antonio Monda and Davide Azzolini. The festival takes place in the beautiful island of Capri, in New York and, for the first time this year, in Rome. The new edition was introduced by Monda himself at Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimo' and its topic is “Corruption & Purity.” At the Morgan Library Isabella Rossellini and Salman Rushdie talked about The Films of Their Life, or rather the films that have influenced their lives and work.
  • A gala event organized by the literary magazine The Common, this grand soirée will stage an evening in Rome, featuring a conversation with Italian writer and filmmaker Antonio Monda.

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