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IU Cinema presents Italian cinema film symposium



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The Ninth Annual Film Symposium is this week at IU Cinema. This year's theme is New Trends in Modern and Contemporary Italian Cinema. Courtesy Photo Buy Photos

IU Cinema is presenting the Ninth Annual Film Symposium on New Trends in Modern and Contemporary Italian Cinema this week.

The film series will feature the works of Italian filmmaker Vincenzo Marra. IU Professor of Italian Cinema Antonio Vitti curated the series.

A full schedule of films can be viewed on the Cinema’s website.

Jon Vickers, IU Cinema’s founding director, said in an email people can expect a great film series.

“Though I have not seen any of Vincenzo Marra’s films, I have complete faith in Antonio Vitti’s judgement and curation,” he said. “Antonio is one of the world’s respected Italian cinema scholars, and he has not let us down yet.”

The series is comprised of his recent films, from documentary to drama.  

“This symposium is perhaps the most ambitious annual gathering there is of Italian film scholars from around the globe,” Vickers said. “It is a great opportunity to be exposed to leading research on contemporary Italian Cinema.”

He said the series is an exciting opportunity to catch films that have not been distributed in the US.

Vickers said the event brings films and filmmakers to Bloomington that have little exposure in the U.S. 

“This year is a great example," he said. "Not one of the four films being screened have U.S. distribution. For some of these titles, our screenings may be the first theatrical screening in the U.S., though they have all played in international film festivals. We are proud to be a place for premieres like this.”

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