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Cinema Italian Style: Meet Director Laura Bispuri and Movie Star Alba Rohrwacher



Cinema Italian Style: Meet Director Laura Bispuri and Movie Star Alba Rohrwacher

After rocking the Berlin International Film Festival and Tribeca 2018, Director Laura Bispuri and movie star Alba Rohrwacher arrive to the Nation’s Capital to present Figlia Mia (Daughter of Mine) at Filmfest DC.

Meet them in person at the Embassy of Italy for a sneak preview of Daughter of Mine and an all-women conversation on Italian contemporary cinema moderated by Laura delli Colli, president of the Italian Film Journalists Association, the organization that awards the Nastri d’Argento prizes for Italian and European cinema.

Laura Bispuri made a splash in the 2015 Berlin Film Festival with her first feature, transgender-themed Sworn Virgin. She is back this year with Daughter of Mine, about a 10-year-old girl’s rapport with her adoptive and biological mothers.

In barely a decade, Italian movie icon Alba Rohrwacher has become one of the world’s most sought-after young actresses. Recipient of several awards, including Venice’ “Coppa Volpi”, two David di Donatello and one Nastro d’Argento, Alba is best known in the U.S. for her performance as Tilda Swinton’s daughter in 2009’s I Am Love by Academy Award nominated director Luca Guadagnino.  

Laura Bispuri's Sardinia-set film is an exploration of motherhood that gains authenticity and emotion from a superb cast.



An Italian wine tasting and reception will follow the conversation. 
Kindly sponsored by Rapp Wine and Marra Forni/Oro Catering


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Dress code: Business attire 



Embassy of Italy 
3000 Whitehaven Street NW 
Washington, DC 20008

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Screening: Vergine Giurata (Sworn Virgin) by Laura Bispuri, April 19 @ Embassy of Italy

Screening: Figlia Mia (Daughter of Mine) by Laura Bispuri, April 24 @ AMC Mazza Gallerie


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Due to new safety regulations, we are not allowed to add extra seats to the auditorium or let anyone stand. A registration is not a guarantee of a seat as these are assigned on a first-come first-served basis.



LAURA BISPURI (Writer/Director)

Laura Bispuri, after a degree in Cinema at “La Sapienza” University of Rome, was selected to attend the direction and production school “Fandango Lab Workshop”. With her short film Passing Time she won the David Donatello Award (Italian Oscars) for Best Short Film in 2010. Passing Time was also selected as one of the eight best short films in the world at the “Short Film Golden Night”, organized by Académie des César in Paris. With the other short film, Biondina, she was awarded in 2011 with Nastro d‘Argento (Top Italian Film Critics Award) as “Rising Talent of the Year”. Sworn Virgin is her first feature film that in development’s phase was selected by the Cannes Film Festival’s “Atelier de la Cinéfondation”, by New Cinema Network at the Rome Film Festival‘s International Project Workshop, by Les Ateliers d‘Angers of Jeanne Moreau and by The Venice Film Festival’s “Gap Financing”. 


In barely a decade, Italian actress Alba Rohrwacher has become one of the world’s most sought-after young actresses. She recently won the Venice Film Festival’s Best Actress award for her performance in Saverio Costanzo’s Hungry Hearts. Her other recent film credits include: Alice Rohrwacher’s Cannes-winner Le Meraviglie, Marco Bellocchio’s Dormant Beauty, Doris Dorrie’s Gluck, Silvio Soldini’s The Commander and the Stork and Emma Dante’s Via Castellana Bandiera. Alba made her screen debut in 2004 in Carlo Mazzacurati’s L’Amore Ritrovato. Other roles quickly followed: from Melissa P. by Luca Guadagnino (2005) to Mio fratello è figlio unico by Daniele Luchetti (2007); Giorni e nuvole by Silvio Soldini (2007) for which she won a David di Donatello award for Best Supporting Actress. The following year she won their Best Actress award for Pupi Avati’s Il Papà di Giovanna. Alba was a “Shooting Star” at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival. She is best known in the U.S. for her performance as Tilda Swinton’s daughter in 2009’s I Am Love. Alba has also worked in theatre, appearing in La casa degli spiriti directed by Della Seta and Sevald (2003), Bric à brac directed by Lupaioli (2004), Il mondo salvato dai ragazzini directed by Cruciani (2005), Lisa directed by Gioielli (2006) and Noccioline directed by Binasco (2007). Born in Firenze to a German father and Italian mother, Alba studied at the Accademia dei Piccoli in Florence (1997-1998) and the Compagnia de’ Pinti School (1998- 2000). She graduated in 2004 from the Scuola Nazionale di Cinema.


Journalist, cinema and communications expert, she is the President of Giornalisti Cinematografici Italiani (SNGCI). Delli Colli has been in the forefront of cinema information for years (after working at ADN Kronos, 'La Repubblica', then as a special envoy for 'Panorama'). Over the years she has worked, with its protagonists, to books dedicated to Monica Vitti, Ferzan Ozpetek, Gianni Amelio and Marco Tullio Giordana, to films set in EUR and, for over fifteen years, she also wrote books on original issues like the relationship between cinema and taste, in a series also published in Spanish and English that was recently released in the United States. Among her activities related to cinema, she works for Fondazione Cinema per Roma (of which she is a board member), which produces Festa del Cinema di Roma. She’s involved in the organisation of the prestigious Nastro d’Argento Awards, organised by SNGCI, of which she is also the Art Director, of 'Cinema Italian Style', an Italian Film Festival in Los Angeles, produced by Luce Cinecittà with the American Cinematheque, which screens in Hollywood the nominated film of the Oscar Awards.


Date: Monday, April 23, 2018

Time: From 6:00 pm To 7:30 pm

Organized by : Italian Cultural Institute

Entrance : Free


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