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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

€1 MUSEUM TICKETS ON NOVEMBER 5TH

Contemporary Art

November is the month when Turin traditionally celebrates contemporary  art (yes, I know, not everybody’s choice when it comes to entertainment), with lots of events usually organized and promoted by the Contemporary Art Foundation Torino Piemonte. This year, some of Turin’s museums adhere to the Night of Contemporary Arts initiative and will remain open on the evening of Saturday, November 5th, from 18.00 to 23.00 (last entry at 22.00) with a special fare – 1 EURO tickets.

THE 2016 EDITION OF LUCI D’ARTISTA RETURNS ON OCTOBER 28TH

Luci d'Artista Torino 2015

With Christmas just around the corner, Turin puts on its festive clothes starting with October 28th (more precisely, at 7 pm sharp), when the 2016 version of the now-famous Luci’Artista will be plugged in. This year the city celebrates the 19th anniversary of the event, gathering as always some of the most important contemporary artists and their light installations dedicated to Christmas and its connotations.

For those of you not familiar with the way i torinesi go nuts about Natale, well, my advice to you is to do some sightseeing at night, the city it’s just gorgeous, despite the cold.


WHERE: city center, in the main piazzas and on the main streets

WHEN: from October 28th to January 15th

HOM MUCH: unless you plan on going on a shopping spree in Via Lagrange, Via Garibaldi or Via Roma, admiring this year’s installations is for free, as always

CHEAP TREATS: START VISITING WITH TORINO+PIEMONTE CARDS

Torino+Piemonte Card Turin
If for those wishing to transfer to Turin for longer stays the best choice to do some visiting is Abbonamento Musei, there are also really convenient options for those passing through Turin only for a couple of days, too. Called TORINO+PIEMONTE CARDS, they actually are passes valid for 1, 2, 3 or 5 consecutive days and including amazing activities:

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WHEN TO VISIT TURIN’S MUSEUMS FOR FREE

Visit Turin Museums for Free

Although Turin offers plenty of budget choices to everyone looking to do some visiting around town – off the top of my head, Torino Abbonamento Musei and Torino+Piemonte Card always pop to mind when speaking about cheap museum options – there are also those special days when some important touring can be done to the permanent collections of the following Turin museums FOR FREE: Continue Reading

MOLE ANTONELLIANA JOINS THE EUROPEAN HERITAGE DAYS ON SEPTEMBER 24TH

Inside the Museum of Cinema Turin

As I previously mentioned, next weekend looks great for die-hard museum-goers and for all those looking to have fun on a tight budget: there are permanent and temporary collections available at the cost of merely one strong espresso. On September 24th and 25th, the European Heritage Days are back in town and are celebrated across Turin, since important museums such as Palazzo Madama, GAM (Galleria d’Arte Moderna – Gallery of Modern Art), MAO (Museo d’Arte Orientale – Museum of Oriental Art), Turin Planetarium, and Borgo medievale adhered to the initiative. Continue Reading

WEEKEND FUN WHEN IN TURIN: MERCATINI DELL’USATO

Mercatino dell'usato

Today’s post is going to be all about the weekend. What to do, where & when, without spending Midas’s fortune and still getting to have loads of fun. If you’re looking for a colorful out-of-the-ordinary experience here in Turin this weekend or the coming ones, try one of the many mercatini dell’usato (i.e. flea markets) organized on the crowded city streets. Continue Reading

WHERE TO GET FREE ITALIAN LESSONS IN TURIN

Centro Interculturale della Città di Torino

If you are an expat looking for a longer stay in Turin (or its surrounding paesi), you might want to learn some proper Italian, since, at times, you life might depend upon it :). The city offers a wide variety of classes, language lessons and options to suit all needs (and pockets), but my post today will concentrate on one of the most amazing intercultural organizations with educational purposes functioning here in Turin right under our noses, and, what’s more, FOR FREE. Continue Reading

CINEMAS SCREENING FILMS IN THEIR ORIGINAL LANGUAGE IN TURIN

Cinema Centrale Arthouse

When I first came to Italy, one of the most bewildering and highly annoying new things I experienced was the fact that every single film, documentary, cartoon etc. is systematically dubbed into Italian. In my humble opinion, this must be one of the reasons why the vast majority of Italians speaks poorly other languages besides their own, as they never had the chance to digest & be properly exposed to anything but Italian since childhood.

Here dubbing goes a long way back in history to the 1930’s, when Mussolini and his authoritative dictatorship made it compulsory for all foreign films to be dubbed into Italian, at a cost covered by the foreign production houses. In time, this became a widely appreciated tradition, with Rome becoming the heart of a very profitable and lucrative new industry that will be very difficult to overthrow. I met people convinced that the Italian actors dubbing the likes of Penelope Cruz, Alan Rickman, Anthony Hopkins, Morgan Freeman, Marlon Brando etc. (just to cite some of the most recognizable voices in commercial cinema and not only) did a better job than the original. Must be an acquired taste that, as yet, I haven’t acquired.

Nevertheless, it was no way of running away from it, until I found the only two places in Turin where one can watch movies in their original language (with Italian subtitles), hear the actors’ original lines and voices:

          1. CINEMA MASSIMO (SALA TRE), via Verdi 18, Torino – tickets €6 (€4 for under 18 and for students – evening screenings, €3 for over 65 and for students – late afternoon screenings)

This one is actually closed from July 21st to August 24th, but will reopen at the end of the summer with some of world cinema’s most recent gems: Pedro Almodovar’s Julieta (2016), Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem (2014), Valerie Donzelli’s Marguerite et Julien (2015), Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!! (2016), and Rebecca Miller’s Maggie’s Plan (2015).

          2. CINEMA CENTRALE ARTHOUSE, via Carlo Alberto 27, Torino – tickets €6 (€4 for under 18, over 65, students)

Until July 27th, their program includes a Spanish Film Festival (España, te quiero!) featuring, among many others, five contemporary films that won the Goya Award for best film. Here is the complete list of screenings: Continue Reading