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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

“ROBERT DOISNEAU. ICONS” EXHIBITION AT FORTE DI BARD UNTIL MAY 1ST, 2017

Robert Doisneau exhibition at Forte di Bard until May 1st 2017
“If you take photographs, don’t speak, don’t write, don’t analyse yourself, and don’t answer any questions.”
(Robert Doisneau)
Robert Doisneau, Le baiser de l’Hotel de ville (1950)
Robert Doisneau, Le baiser de l’Hotel de ville (1950)

Since the Helmut Newton exhibition in Genova ended some time ago, photography fans can quelch their thirst for quality visual “stimulation” with the “Robert Doisneau. Icons” Exhibition on display at Forte di Bard until May 1st, 2017. By the courtsy of the Robert Doisneau Atelier in Paris and the Bard Association, the Italian (and not only) public will have the chance to see some of the most “iconic” photos taken in the history of photography.

Robert Doisneau, Le pains du Picasso (1952)
Robert Doisneau, Le pains du Picasso (1952)

Beginning with his famous Le baiser de l’Hôtel de ville (1950) – which was a staged shot, if the artist himself it to be trusted – , Doisneau made a name for himself as an exponent of the “humanist” photography trend emerging in the cultural capital of Europe right after WW II, and thus as the founding father, along with Henri Cartier-Bresson – another monstre sacré -, of street photojournalism. Without a doubt, Doisneau’s trademarks are his portraits (of children, random people in the city parks or on the streets, or of some of the most influencing personalities of his time) and his extraordinary ability to imortalize the hidden charms and unintentional poetry of the everyday life.


WHERE: Forte di Bard, Aosta Valley

WHEN: ends May 1st, 2017

HOW MUCH: full price € 7,00, reduced € 5,00 for visitors over 65 years old and for minors from 6 to 18 years old; free entrence for under 6 and for owners of Abbonamento Torino Musei; audioguides € 2,00 (couples € 3,00)

3 REASONS WHY THE BRUEGHELS’ EXHIBITION AT VENARIA IS A MUST

Pieter Bruegel the Elder, The Little Tower of Babel (1563)

There are only a couple of weeks left for the “Brueghel. Masterpieces of Flemish Art” Exhibition currently on display at Venaria Reale. For those still needing convincing, here are 3 awesome reasons for visiting it:

Pieter Brueghel the Elder, The Dutch Proverbs (1559)
Pieter Brueghel the Elder, The Dutch Proverbs (1559)
  1. Among many others, it relevantly discusses (and displays) some of the artists which greatly influenced the work of Pieter Brueghel the Elder: you’ll get the chance to see works signed by none other than Hieronymus Bosch (yup, the one with the funny visions of hell & such).
  2. The event sheds some delightfully clarifying light upon one of Pieter Brueghel the Elder’s most famous works – ”The Danish Proverbs”, whose abundance of references usually goes misunderstood, – and upon the artist’s obvious love for word play.
  3. Now is your chance to finally figure out who painted what & who was the father/son/nephew/son-in-law etc. of whom in the great Brueghel family tree, since there are so many of them, and they seem to have ran out of names, sometimes around the 1550’s.

More information on the event here

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TODERI & PAMUK’S INSTALLATION AT PALAZZO MADAMA PROLONGED

Pamuk & Toderi Installation in Turin

Palazzo Madama decided to prolong the display of the ”Words and Stars” installation ideated by Nobel-prize winner Orhan Pamuk and visual artist Grazia Toderi. If you haven’t seen it yet, there’s still time until March 29th, 2017.

Moreover, keep in mind that you can see it for free the first Wednesday of the month.

More info here

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

EMANUELE D’AZEGLIO’S PRIVATE COLLECTION ON DISPLAY AT PALAZZO MADAMA

Piero della Francesca's Madonna Villamarina on display in Turin
Emanuele D'Azeglio for Vanity Fair June 20th 1874
Emanuele D’Azeglio caricatured for Vanity Fair 1874

Turin’s own Palazzo Madama is a rising star on the sky of my personal museum preferences: from photography exhibitions to literature flavored installations, it seem to have it all. Its latest accomplishment: the wonderful display of one of the biggest and most important Italian private art collections: that of diplomat, museum director and art connoisseur Vittorio Emanuele Taparelli d’Azeglio (1816-1890). The exhibition, available from December 2nd, 2016 to March 6th,2017 and entitled “Collecting as Passion”, reflects nothing but the lifelong penchant the Turin-born aristocrat had for ceramics and gilded glass, for graffiti and paintings and the lengths he went to in order to acquire his most valuable pieces. Also, couldn’t harm the fact that his own (let’s call it successful money-wise) family already had in store some pretty amazing collectibles. 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