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Retrospective dedicated to Valerio Zurlini (1926-1982), a forgotten master

On the occasion of the “XVII Settimana della lingua Italiana nel mondo”, that will have as a theme “L’italiano al cinema, l’italiano nel cinema“, under high patronage of the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella, the Institute, in collaboration with the Cinémathèque québécoise and the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures di McGill University, is going to celebrate the art of the great Italian director Valerio Zurlini. It is difficult to categorize him, as he is a quite controversial artist. Critics have never adequately acknowledged his talent, not even after his premature death. Nevertheless, only few other Italian directors have been able to analyze the human feelings, the violent passions that affect us and eventually destroy us, the relationship between individuals and history, the conformity between characters’ psychology and the environment in which they live. Jean Gili, who spent a great deal of time analyzing the Emilian director’s poetics, declared that “together with Antonioni, Zurlini is a great director of the mood landscapes” and that “he belongs to a lost generation, by now solitary and far from a world where there is no quality anymore. He is tormented by contradictions that push him both towards romanticism and towards self-destruction”.

The retrospective means to retrace the whole career of Zurlini, from his first documentaries dating back to the 50s (Pugilatori, La Stazione, Soldati in città, Il mercato delle facce e Serenata da un soldo) to his most famous movies, such as La Ragazza con la Valigia and Cronaca Familiare, up to the three-times awarded Il Deserto dei Tartari.

This year’s “XVII Settimana della lingua Italiana nel mondo” will be held October 16th to October 22nd.

Wednesday October 18, 7pm
LE RAGAZZE DI SAN FREDIANO
By courtesy of Cristaldi Film

Friday October 20, 9pm
ESTATE VIOLENTA
By courtesy of Intramovies

Saturday October 21, 9pm
LA RAGAZZA CON LA VALIGIA
By courtesy of RaiCinema

Sunday October 22, 7pm
CRONACA FAMILIARE

Tuesday October 24, 9pm
I PUGILATORI, SOLDATI IN CITTA’, IL MERCATO DELLE FACCE, LA STAZIONE, SERENATA DA UN SOLDO
By courtesy of Cristaldi Film e Cinecittà Luce

Thursday October 26, 7pm
LE SOLDATESSE
By courtesy of Minerva Int.

Friday October 27, 9pm
SEDUTO ALLA SUA DESTRA
By courtesy of Cinecittà Luce

Saturday October 28, 7pm
LA PRIMA NOTTE DI QUIETE

Sunday October 29, 7pm
IL DESERTO DEI TARTARI
By courtesy of Cinecittà Luce

The films are in the original language with French subtitles

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For more info:
Cinémathèque Québécoise
335, boul. De Maisonneuve Est
Montréal 514-842-9763
To buy tickets, please visit the website: http://www.cinematheque.qc.ca/en/box-office/admission    

  • Organized by: Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Montréal
  • In collaboration with: Cinémathèque Québécoise