Future Film Festival opens Bologna’s film festival season with its lust for animation, rarities and special effects

Bologna’s Future Film Festival was the very first film festival I was ever asked to follow for work. It was 2002 and just like now I couldn’t be less interested – in theory at least – in special effects and cinema based on technology. On the other hand having the chance to write for work, … More Future Film Festival opens Bologna’s film festival season with its lust for animation, rarities and special effects

The glorious fight of Biografilm pop-up cinema against the empire of cinepanettoni

If you’re familiar with Italian popular cinema, you probably know that, along masterpieces like La dolce vita and Ladri di biciclette, together with contemporary hits such as Sorrentino’s La grande bellezza, Italy also has the infamous tradition od “cinepanettoni”. They come like a curse every year around Christmas (getting their name from traditional season cake Panettone) and … More The glorious fight of Biografilm pop-up cinema against the empire of cinepanettoni

Ancient city, vintage films and rétro weekends

Some festivals are precious gems. Take Archivio Aperto, brainchild of Home Movies’s archive, a collection of vintage films (mostly amateur) from the 20s to the 80s of the last century. Based in Bologna, Home Movies naturally hosts mostly local audiovisual documents donated by families and collectors, in an enticing display of rétro formats: 8mm, super8, 16mm, 9,5mm, … More Ancient city, vintage films and rétro weekends

Paradise for cinephiles and bon vivants: Il Cinema Ritrovato

The last days of june are usually the warmest of the year. And they are also the days when Il Cinema Ritrovato takes place. This particular coincidence is a real curse for me: every year my cinéphile soul must fight against my heath-fearing, unusually pale body. But stuffing oneself with licorice and mineral salts is … More Paradise for cinephiles and bon vivants: Il Cinema Ritrovato