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“ARRIVE THE PAPARAZZI!” EXHIBITION AT CAMERA – ends January 7th, 2018

Arrive the Paparazzi! Exhibition at CAMERA Turin

Turin’s very own CAMERA – Italian Center for Photography – houses, until  January 7th, 2018 a brand-new photography exhibition entitled “Arrive the Paparazzi! Photographers and Divas from Dolce Vita until Today”. Curated by experts Walter Guadagnini and Francesco Zanot.

The event focuses upon the complex relationship between famous people – actors, politicians, socialites etc. – and those people that both helped them reach celebrity status, by following them incessantly and reporting their every move, and at times managed to ruin their most intimate happy moments. The visitor will have the chance to take a peek into the private lives of Anita Ekberg, Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, Lady D, courtesy of  famous photographers such as Tazio Secchiaroli, Marcello Geppetti, Ron Galella, Lino Nanni, Alison Jackson, Ellen von Unwerth and Armin Linke. On display, more than 150 stolen pictures revealing the scandalous deeds of the famous, in Italy and elsewhere.

Or, as the curators themselves put it: “These are photographs that have marked forever the popular perception on public figures, actors, singers, politicians – most of all women. ‘Taken’ by private moments when, masks put aside, they turn to being (almost) common.”

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ORIGINAL 2017 ENGLISH FILMS SCREENING IN TURIN THIS NOVEMBER

Blade Runner 2049 o.v. screening in Turin at Cinema Massimo

There are some noteworthy 2017 English blockbusters and future Oscar competitors screening – in original language, of course! – this month in Turin, at Cinema Massimo, SALA 3 in Via Giuseppe Verdi 18. The schedule includes : Aronofsky’s controversial Mother!, the much awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, and, last but not the least, the most recent screen adaptation to Jo Nesbo – The Snowman. Continue Reading

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EXHIBITION DEDICATED TO LADY DIANA AT VENARIA REALE – ends January 28th, 2018

Exhibition Dedicated to Lady Diana at Venaria Reale Turin - ends January 28th 2018
Diana, Harry and William
Diana, Harry and William

Free spirit. Charity worker. Public figure. Fashion icon. Princess. Mother. Wife. Lover. Sadly, one of the most photographed persons in the world.

The various personas composing Lady Diana Frances Spencer’s multifaceted identity are revealed, discussed and ultimately put into new light – at 20 years after her death – at Venaria Reale, until January 28th, 2018. Continue Reading

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TURIN ROCK CONCERTS NOT TO MISS THIS FALL & WINTER

Kraftwerk

As always, the selection is quite subjective, but there you have it – this fall Turin expects the likes of Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, Ari Malikian and Bryan Adams. Feels like I really really need a babysitter!

Bryan Adams
Bryan Adams

KRAFTWERK 3D “The Catalogue” Concerts – at OGR Turin, on November 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th, 2017 at 19.30 pm and 22.30 pm

electronic rock, the original edition

BRYAN ADAMS – at PalaAlpitour, on November 12th, 2017 at 9.00 pm

mostly pop-rock, mostly nostalgic, mainly for the over 30s Continue Reading

GIOVANNI BOLDINI EXHIBITION AT VENARIA REALE – until January 28th, 2018

Giovanni Boldini, Portrait of Mademoiselle De Nemidoff (1908)

La Belle Époque returns to Turin, and this time it’s Giovanni Boldini‘s turn to promote the everlasting charm of the oh-so-ephemeral bon ton at the end of the 19th century. His personal style, in my opinion, brings to mind masterpieces signed by contemporaries such as Anders Zorn, Joaquín Sorolla, John Singer Sargent and Paul Helleu. Nevertheless, his genius in adoringly depicting female beauty is unmistakebly Italian.

From July 29th, 2017 until January 28th, 2018 the somptuous halls of Venaria Reale house more than 100 oil and crayon paintings signed by Giovanni Boldini, from both private and public collections across Europe. Also, on display will be some of his less-famous Italian fellow artists of the same era, such as Telemaco Signorini, Francesco Vinea, and Cristiano Banti.

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2016 DOCUMENTARY DEDICATED TO ROBERT DOISNEAU SCREENING AT CINEMA CENTRALE ARTHOUSE TURIN

2016 Documentary on Robert Doisneau at Cinema Centrale Arthouse Turin
Robert Doisneau, Le baiser de l’Hotel de ville (1950)
Robert Doisneau, Le baiser de l’Hotel de ville (1950)Ro

This summer as always, Turin’s very own (niche) Cinema Centrale Arthouse unrelentlessly keeps on introducing some very interesting pieces of cinematography – in original language. This time, they bring, for the first time here in Italy, a 2016 documentary regarding one of the sacred monsters of photography: Robert Doisneau.

The documentary  – originally entitled Robert Doisneau, le révolté du merveilleux” – was  directed by Clémentine Deroudille, the artist’s own granddaughter, and wishes to acquaint the viewer with some novel (?!) aspects of Doisneau’s life and work. French critics found it a bit redundant and clichè at times, but that doesn’t mean it is not worth seeing it. At least for revisiting, one more time, some of papy‘s insights into the mundane. Continue Reading

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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

MAGNUM CELEBRATES 70TH ANIVERSARY AT CAMERA TURIN – ends May 21st, 2017

Martin Parr, Venice, Italy (Italy, 1989)

This year, Magnum Photos celebrates 70 years of age. It must have been challenging, over the years, to bear witness to so many significant historical events and social and cultural turmoil, while actively trying to change the course of history. The company (and its founders & many eyes) has aged well and has yet to “catch” the real, unadorned image of our planet and ultimately, of ourselves. As their motto, their aspiration  towards “challenging injustice, pursuing social equality, and advancing human rights through photography.” The expression itself “activist photography” is, in my opinion, deeply tautological. Is there any OTHER kind of photography out there?

Martin Parr, The Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italy, 1990)
Martin Parr, The Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italy, 1990)

Turin’s very own CAMERA (Centro Italiano per la Fotografia) celebrates the event with an exhibition entitled “L’Italia di Magnum – From Henri Cartier-Bresson to Paolo Pellegrin, lasting until May 21st, 2017. Curated by Walter Guadagnini, the event brings together over two hundred photos depicting Italy from the 1940s to the present day and reunites yet again the likes of Martin Parr, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Leonard Freed, Ferdinando Scianna, Elliott Erwitt, Mark Power, Paolo Pellegrin, Thomas Hoepker, Chris Steele-Perkins, Thomas Dworzak, Erich Lessing, Robert Capa, Patrick Zachmann, Herbert List, and Bruno Barbey. Continue Reading

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