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2017 TURIN INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR FEATURES RICHARD FORD AND DANIEL PENNAC

Richard Ford and Daniel Pennac at 2017 Turin International Book Fair - from May 18th to 22nd
30th Edition of Turin International Book Fair
30th Edition of Turin International Book Fair

From May 18th to May 22nd, 2017 Lingotto Fiere will house the much awaited Turin International Book Fair. This year’s edition is maybe the most important one so far, and not only because the event reached its 30th anniversary, but mostly because it is the first one since its administrative breakup with Milan (where a very similar rival festival was created last year).
The 2017 edition is entitled ”Oltre i confini” – ”Beyond the boundaries” and wishes to address current issues such as geo-political and economic confinement, immigration, technological advancement and its effects.

Among the most noted guests, authors such as Richard Ford, Daniel Pennac, Annie Ernaux, Jonathan Lethem, Luis Sepulveda, Amitav Ghosh and many others. Moreover, this year the festival will spread outside its traditional spacial ”boundaries”, too, and will literally take over the city, with many additional events making Turin much more colourful these days: from reading shows on hot-air balloons or on submarines and featuring Jules Verne novels, to new takes on established fiction such as John Steinbeck’s ”Grapes of Wrath” by courtesy of none other than Alessandro Baricco. Mostly in Italian, but there will definitely be something for the English-only speakers, since there is a special panel called ”Another Side of America”.


WHERE: Lingotto Fiere, via Nizza, Turin

WHEN: from May 18th to May 22nd, 2017; every day from 10 am to 8 pm (after 8 pm, the Fair turns Off  and continues with other events, concerts and meetings throughout the city)

HOW MUCH: full fee €10,00

ISABELLE HUPPERT’S “L’AVENIR” SCREENING AT CINEMA CENTRALE – until May 3rd, 2017

''L'Avenir''(2016) screening at Cinema Centrale Athouse, Turin until 26th April, 2017

Since I am a huge fan of both actrice Isabelle Huppert and of director Mia Hansen-Love, I couldn’t let the opportunity of writing about their 2016 film pass me by. Cinema Centrale Arthouse, the one and only place in Turin where one can exclusively watch movies in their original language, is screening from April 20th until May 3rd, 2017, the multi-prized and stunningly poetic “L’avenir” (2016). The film will be in French, with Italian subtitles.

Isabelle Huppert in ''L'Avenir''(2016)
Isabelle Huppert in ”L’Avenir”(2016)

The movie was nominated last year to no less that 19 prizes across Europe and the Americas; it ultimately counted 7 wins, among wich the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, for Best Director. No small feat, I might say, for a 36 years old who directed only 5 films so far.

As for Huppert, I believe she is the most true to hearself and to womanhood in general artist of her generation and, why not, of many generations to come. Although her perfomance in Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle” (2016) was memorable enough, I find her much more endearing and compelling in her role as the middle-aged Nathalie on her day-to-day life, full of family drama, loss, and self-consciousness.


WHERE: Cinema Centrale Arthouse, via Carlo Alberto 27, Turin

WHEN: from April 20th until May 3rd, 2017

HOW MUCH: € 8 (Saturday, Sunday and legal holidays), € 7,50 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday), € 5 (all days except Wednesdays for over 65, under 18, university students under 26, disabled), € 4,50 (all Wednesdays, for everyone)

MILOS FORMAN RETROSPECTIVE AT CINEMA MASSIMO UNTIL MAY 1ST, 2017

'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' at Cinema Massimo, Turin

Turin in spring is quite boring, since there are not so many choices these days for those of us curious to do & see something different. The cultural life of the city could use some refreshment, and maybe that’s why Museo del Cinema and Cinema Massimo dedicated almost an entire month to the screening of Milos Forman’s masterpieces. In original language – English that is, with the exception of ”The Loves of a Blonde”, filmed in Czechoslovakia before Forman moved to Hollywood –, with Italian subtitles.

'Hair' (1979)
‘Hair’ (1979)

Therefore, you might want to make some time on these particular days:

Wednesday, April 19th:

h. 16.00/17.45 The Loves of a Blonde (Cz 1965, 87’) Continue Reading

”CARAVAGGIO EXPERIENCE” COMING NEXT AT VENARIA REALE

Experience Caravaggio at Venaria Reale from March 18th 2017

Art lovers from & about Turin should rejoice: there’s a grand new event coming our way on March 18th, and it’s happening at Venaria Reale, of all places. This original video installation is dedicated to none other than the exceptional Michelangelo Merisi (aka Caravaggio)… I must confess I didn’t not who that was at first, but the title of the installation kind of gave that information out: ”Caravaggio Experience” promises to bring a hint of post-post(?) modernity to the work of the well known painter (to be more pricese, to exactly 57 of his artistic productions). Continue Reading

OSCAR-NOMINATED ‘LA LA LAND’ SCREENING AT CINEMA CENTRALE ARTHOUSE IN TURIN

La La Land at Cinema Centrale Arthouse in Turin

My favorite cinema here in Turin confirms its excellent taste in films and not only with the screening of the 14 times Oscar-nominated musical flick ”La La Land” (2016), for an entire week, from January 26th, 2016. As always, the movie is presented in its original version, with Italian subtitles.

For whoever believes that jazz keeps on rockin’, that the story of following one’s dreams is never passé and boring, but never ending, that beautiful music, cinematography, editing and costume design are only some of the elements which make a movie seem round and complete. It would still need a flawlessly beating (and, at times, achingly human) heart, and that’s precisely what makes this movie so significant, in my opinion. Needless to say, I absolutely love Emma Stone’s and Ryan Gosling’s interpretations.

Trailer here


WHERE: Cinema Centrale Arthouse, via Carlo Alberto 27, Turin

WHEN: from January 26th until February 8th, 2017; scheduled screenings at: 16:00 – 18:30* – 21:15 (* except Tuesday, February 7th)

HOW MUCH: € 8 (Saturday, Sunday and legal holidays), € 7,50 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday), € 5 (all days except Wednesdays for over 65, under 18, university students under 26, disabled), € 4,50 (all Wednesdays, for everyone)

CINEMA CENTRALE SCREENING DOCUMENTARIES AN ENTIRE MONTH

Cinema Centrale Arthouse

The wonderful Cinema Centrale Arthouse – situated near the city center in via Carlo Alberto 27 and one of the two cinemas in Turin screening films in their original language – and Cinema Fratelli Marx – on Corso Belgio 53 – , have one big surprise for us at the beginning of the year. From January 23rd to February 19th, they join in organizing the much awaited 4th edition of the Documentary Month. Maybe not everyone’s cup of tea, but just about the right choice for cinephiles with enough time on their hands and curious about some of the latest prized additions to the documentary world.

Scheduled screenings in the original language, with Italian subtitles: Continue Reading

GIOVANNI ALLEVI CONCERTS IN TURIN ON JANUARY 6TH, 2017

Giovanni Allevi Turin Concert on January 6th 2017

Wait a minute, who?

Well, he’s the Italian piano guy with the messy hair, the one who speaks a bit funny and seems to be residing in another realm (I personally would place him among the elves, now that I finished Muriel Barbery’s fantasy novel on their life and artistic proclivities).

Without further ado, Giovanni Allevi and his pointy ears will mesmerize our ears, eyes and very souls during an extraordinary Turin concert at Teatro Colosseo on January 6th, 2017. The event is part of a bigger Italian tour entitled “Symphonic Celebration Tour” that celebrates the artist’s 25 years of live performances. As usually, Allevi will undertake the triple role of composer, pianist and orchestra conductor: he will perform some of the pieces that made him famous worldwide and will conduct some of Tchaikovsky, Puccini and Rossini’s masterpieces. Continue Reading

UPCOMING ENGLISH MOVIES AT CINEMA CENTRALE ARTHOUSE IN TURIN

Tim Burton's latest film in English original version screened in Turin

Since there are so few places in and around Turin to screen movies in their original language, I might as well write about them and help them become even more popular among cinephiles of all shapes and colors. If you count yourself among those who – just like me – absolutely HATE seeing dubbed movies, then the list of titles to be checked out before Christmas at Cinema Centrale Arthouse in Turin is the following:

Clint Eastwood's "Sully" at TFF 2016
Clint Eastwood’s “Sully”
  • Clint Eastwood’s “Sully” (2016) – ends Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
  • Tim Burton’s “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” (2016) – from Thursday, December 15th until Wednesday 21st, 2016
  • Stephen Frears’ “Florence Foster Jenkins” (2016) – from Thursday, December 22nd until Wednesday 28th, 2016

WHERE: Cinema Centrale Arthouse, Via Carlo Alberto 27, Turin

WHEN: usual screening hours: 16:00 – 18:00 – 20:00 – 22:00 (give or take 5-10 mins)

HOW MUCH: € 8 (Saturday, Sunday and legal holidays), € 7,50 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday), € 5 (all days except Wednesdays for over 65, under 18, university students under 26, disabled), € 4,50 (all Wednesdays, for everyone)

BRACE YOURSELVES: TORINO FILM FESTIVAL IS COMING!

The 34th Edition of Torino Film Festival opens on November 18th, 2016
Clint Eastwood's "Sully" at TFF 2016
Clint Eastwood’s “Sully” at TFF 2016

While some try to get into the early Christmas shopping buzz, there are also those of us who cannot find enough reasons to run away from it. Well, now it’s our chance to hide from the cold and celebrate life & art in a “stingier” way: the 34th edition of the Torino Film Festival will be in town from November 18th to November 26th, that is more than a week full of movies, popcorn and good old escapism. Moreover, this year’s edition will be dedicated to David Bowie.

As always, the blurred lines between old & new, various film genres, different technological epochs and directing styles are made clear by the kaleidoscopic choice of movies. It’s virtually impossible NOT to find something that’s EXACTLY whatever you wish to see, given the huge number of films included into the festival.

ALL MOVIES ARE SCREENED IN THEIR ORIGINAL VERSION, WITH ITALIAN/ENGLISH SUBTITLES. Continue Reading

FREE “PLAY ME!” PIANO AT CASELLE AIRPORT, TURIN

funny airport

Don’t feel like leaving Turin just yet? Well, next time you prepare for boarding your outbound flight, parting ways will be easier, and why not?, more harmonious.

Since October 5th, 2016 Turin’s Caselle Airport made available to all those passing through the keys of a Kawai pianoforte. The gift was inaugurated with an extraordinary concert featuring some of Teatro Regio’s much acclaimed artists and the accords of Puccini’s  timeless “La Boheme”. Continue Reading