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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Tornatore's Latest Comes to Sentieri

Tornatore at the Nastro d'Argento awards

Giuseppe Tornatore, acclaimed director of the Italian classic Cinema Paradiso, returns to the big screen with his new film (and his only to operate entirely in English) La Migliore Offerta. Despite opening to mixed reviews here in the States, the film has been received warmly in Italy, taking home numerous prizes at the Nastro d'Argento and David di Donatello awards, including the Donatello award for Best Film.

La Migliore Offerta will be screened at Sentieri on Saturday, February 22nd. Come join the discussion and let us know what you think!

You can find more info about the event here.  

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Cineforum: La Migliore Offerta

La Migliore Offerta

Virgil Oldman is the managing director of an auction house, who is hired by a reclusive young heiress, Claire Ibbetson, to auction off a large collection of art and antiques which had been left to her by her parents. Virgil is intrigued by this mysterious woman, and in the process of restoring some antiques receives advice from his friend about how to deal with his growing feelings towards her.

After the viewing there will be a light reception for a discussion of the film. The film is in English with Italian subtitles.

Saturday, February 22nd 4:00-7:00pm

$10 - member discount
$15 - general admission
by 2/20/14

or $20 at the door, last minute seating, cash only

Send or Hand Deliver payment to Sentieri Italiani (Event location)
5430 N. Broadway St. Chicago, IL 60640

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Great Beauty screening, January 25

On Saturday, January 25, a group of about 20 gathered at Sentieri to watch and discuss Paolo Sorrentino's latest effort, The Great Beauty.

The film is a character study with two protagonists— Jep Gambardella and the city that he inhabits, Rome. Jep is a writer who doesn't write, an underwhelmed intellectual, an aging socialite doing his best to remain young and important. He's a cynic, shallow and decadent much like the city in which he finds himself, a city that multiple characters try to leave throughout the film.

During a post-movie aperitivo, Daniela, Sentieri's President, brought up the point that in Fellini's La Dolce Vita there was hope in the end, but in The Great Beauty there seems to be none. This led to a heated discussion about the realities of life in post-Berlusconi Italy, Italian cynicism, and comparisons between American and Italian mentalities.

What about you? Have you seen the film yet? What did you think? Leave your thoughts below!

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Italian Word of 2013: Crisi

As we move on into the New Year, many of us have been left reflecting on the old one. We've read dozens of articles and blog posts, recounting the best and worst of 2013, the most memorable events, the lessons learned.

Of course, one way to reflect on the most relevant issues of the past year is to look at how language was used. In America, it was selfie  that was named the word of 2013. In Italy, though, crisi.

In a survey conducted by La Repubblica, readers voted this word as the most representative of 2013.

And it's true that in Italy, there have been a number of recent crises. There's the recession and the financial crisis. There's the work crisis (in Bologna, in only five years, unemployment has increased over 120%). There's the political crisis (Berlusconi, anyone?), the health crisis (many families go without health services), the social crisis (the growing disparity between the North and the South, the rich and the poor), and the crisis of values (the continuation of hatespeech and various other atrocities perpetuated on the internet).

La Repubblica  calls 2013 un anno da dimenticare ("a year to forget"). Here's to hoping that 2014 is better.

For those who read Italian, the full article is here.

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Spring 2014 - Italian Class Schedule

March 31st to June 7th, 2014
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm

Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm

Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm

Saturdays, 10:30am–12:30pm

Saturdays, 10:30am–12:30pm

Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm

Mondays, 6:30-8:30pm

Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm

Mondays, 6:30-8:30pm

Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm

Fridays, 10:00am–12:00pm

Course Fees (min. 8 students per class)

Early Registration (by February 15th)
Cash/check/paypal: $290.00
Standard Registration (after February 15th)
Cash/check/paypal: $310.00

+Materials not included. If required for your course, material prices will be sent with your course confirmation and will be payable at the first class.

Send registration and payment to:

SENTIERI INC., 5430 N. Broadway St. Chicago, IL 60640

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

La Grande Bellezza triumphs at the Golden Globes

On Sunday night, director Paolo Sorrentino took home the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film for La Grande Bellezza, beating out critic favorite Blue Is the Warmest Color
Sorrentino on the set of La Grande Bellezza

The last Italian film to be awarded the prize was Giuseppe Tornatore's Nuova Cinema Paradiso, in 1989. 

La Grande Bellezza is perhaps best summed up in a single scene, when protagonist Jep Gambardella looks out over the hulking corpse of the Costa Concordia cruise ship. It's a striking metaphor for both Gambardella's character and the country in which he lives- both stuck, both dormant. 

What happened here? How did this country- with its natural beauty and infinite cultural treasures- reach the stagnancy in which it now finds itself? This is the difficult question that Sorrentino poses in his film.

Sentieri will be screening La Grande Bellezza on Saturday, January 25. For those interested, more information can be found here.

Additionally, the first six participants to sign up for the screening will be given a ticket to Giuseppe Tornatore's The Best Offer running at the Gene Siskel Film Center from January 17-30. More information about the film can be found here.

See you at the screening!

Sentieri Blog Contributor

Italian cinema in Chicago: "The Best Offer"

 The Best Offer (La migliore offerta)
Dominating Italy’s Oscar-equivalent Donatello Awards with six wins including Best Picture and Best Director, THE BEST OFFER has been hailed as Tornatore’s best film since CINEMA PARADISO.
The film is built around a powerful performance by Geoffrey Rush as a fastidious art auctioneer who prefers to keep life and love at an aesthetic distance. Then he falls under the spell of a beautiful recluse (Sylvia Hoeks) confined by agoraphobia to her musty mansion.  By coaxing her out of her self-imposed prison, he might free himself from his own--but can emotions, like works of art, be forged?
The film’s amenities include a lush score by Ennio Morricone, an antique automaton that tops the one in HUGO, and memorable supporting performances by Donald Sutherland as the protagonist’s shady accomplice and Kurina Stamell as a dwarf whose photographic memory carries a crucial plot twist.  
In English.  DCP digital. View trailer here.


January 17--23
Fri. at 6:00 pm 
Sat. at 5:15 pm and 7:45 pm
Sun. at 3:00 pm
Mon. at 8:00 pm
Tues. at 6:00 pm
Wed. at 8:00 pm
Thu. at 6:00 pm

January 24--30
Fri. at 7:45 pm;
Sat. at 3:00 pm, 5:30 pm, and 8:00 pm;
Sun. at 4:45 pm;
Tue. at 6:00 pm  
Wed. at 7:45 pm  
Thu. at 6:00 pm
Special Discount tickets available for Friends of Sentieri: $7.00 for individual tickets (a savings of $4.00/ticket) when purchased in person at the Gene Siskel Film Center Box Office. Use discount code: ITALY

Additionally, the first six people to sign up for Sentieri's Cineforum "La grande bellezza" will win a FREE ticket to "The Best Offer".
Gene Siskel Film Center 
164 N. State Street

Cineforum: La grande bellezza

La Grande Bellezza

Journalist Jep Gambardella has been a permanent fixture to Rome's literary and social circles for many years. But as his sixty-fifth birthday passes, Jep finds himself looking past his extravagant life of nightclubs and parties and he begins to see Rome in a new light. Winner of the Golden Globe for best foreign film and candidate in the same category for the Oscars. View trailer here.

After the viewing there will be a light reception for a discussion of the film. The film is in Italian with English subtitles.

Saturday, January 25th
4:00 – 7:00pm
$10 - member discount
$15 - general admission
by 1/23/2014
or $20 at the door, last minute seating
Cash Only

Call or Email
Sentieri Italiani
5430 N. Broadway Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Amara Lakhous and a Clash of Civilizations

January 26 marks the beginning of Sentieri's Winter Book Club, the theme of which is the immigrant experience in Italy. The book is Scontro di civilità per un ascensore a Piazza Vittorio, the author Amara Lahkous.

Published in 2006, this satire takes place in the most diverse neighborhood in Rome. Eleven different perspectives on life in Piazza Vittorio, all centering around the mysterious "Amedeo," a beloved figure but also the prime suspect of a murder that occurred in the elevator of the building where they all live. Few of the characters are Italian (even fewer are Roman) and the apartment building soon becomes a microcosm of the ever-growing multicultural capitale. Delightful in its ability to entertain, this story combines tragedy and comedy, humor and serious criticism.

Lakhous himself knows a thing or two about Piazza Vittorio. Originally from Algiers, he moved to Rome in 1995 after receiving numerous death threats for his work as a radio journalist. Before writing Scontro di civiltà, he worked in Piazza Vittorio as a cultural mediator in a city-run home for new immigrants.

If you're interested in reading this fascinating book, there's still time to register. Registration and a payment of $150 (materials not included) are due by January 18.

The course will be meeting on four Sundays– January 26, February 9, February 23, and March 9– from 2 to 4pm.


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