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Queer and Italian Canadian, A Video Documentary

Queer and Italian Canadian, A Video Documentary

Relatively few Canadian writers and artists of Italian heritage openly identify as queer through their writings and in interviews. In some circles, being queer is still taboo. In the forthcoming documentary, Creative Spaces: Queer and Italian Canadian, a group of writers discuss their lives, work, and experiences as members of the LGBTQ+ Italian-Canadian community. The Association of Italian Canadian Writers…

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The Actor’s Path: An Interview with John Cassini

The Actor’s Path: An Interview with John Cassini

Canadian actor John Cassini has made a name for himself – in Canada and the United States. And he knows the business inside and out. Credited on well over a hundred projects, Cassini says his career was a “natural progression” from place to place, and from role to role. Growing up in Toronto, Cassini felt a calling to be an…

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Road to the Lemon Grove Pays Homage to the Italian Experience

Road to the Lemon Grove Pays Homage to the Italian Experience

What better way to pay homage to a rich cultural heritage than with a compelling film? Road to the Lemon Grove is exactly that kind of movie for Italian Canadians. Its premise will prompt viewers not only to keep their culture alive, but to make it thrive. Directed by Dale Hildebrand and co-authored by Hildebrand and Charly Chiarelli (who also…

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Cristiano de Florentiis on the ICFF and the State of Italian Cinema in Canada

Cristiano de Florentiis on the ICFF and the State of Italian Cinema in Canada

You are the artistic director of the Italian Contemporary Film Festival – by many accounts the largest Italian film festival outside of Italy. Tell us a little bit about the ICFF. First of all, I would like to thank Accenti for this opportunity to talk about our festival. What began as a small group of people, passionate about Italian cinema…

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International Festival of Films on Art

Thirty years ago, René Rozon had “une idée folle.” His crazy idea was this: a film festival dedicated to the arts. During its first year, FIFA (the International Festival of Films on Art) showcased 50 films from 12 countries. The festival lasted five days, and took place in a single theatre, the Cinémathèque québécoise. Since then, FIFA has gone on…

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Fellini Summer

Fellini Summer

The gala to launch the Fellini Spectacular Obsessions Exhibit at TIFF Bell Lightbox this summer seemed to prove the long-held suspicion that if you want to attend a fun party in Toronto, go to one thrown by Italians. It all started, appropriately enough, with a wild party. Perhaps “wild” is an overstatement. After all, we are talking about a party…

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Italian Films at TIFF – The Feisty Spirit is back

Italian Films at TIFF – The Feisty Spirit is back

While the FilmItalia contingent at the 33rd edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF 08) consisted of only seven films out of a total of 312, the movies – to use an old boxing expression – punched well above their weight. From Il Divo – a microscopically satiric look at Giulio Andreotti, one of the grand old men of Italian politics and now a senator for life – and Gomorrah –…

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Bruco, the Film

Bruco, the Film

I was going to shoot a totally independent feature, so stubbornly independent that even festivals of independent films would most likely not present it! Some images stay inscribed in the mind. Where they come from, I am not sure. One image I do remember the source, however, is from a scene of La mariée était en noir (1967) by François Truffaut. Near the end of the film,…

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