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Italo Calvino: The Writer in the Trees by Duccio Chiarini

Join us for a screening of the documentary “The Writer in the Trees,” followed by a Q&A session with director Duccio Chiarini. This event is presented by the Italian Cultural Institute of Washington on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Italo Calvino, one of the most significant Italian writers of the 20th century.

The documentary, which premiered at the Giornata degli Autori at the Venice Film Festival in August 2023, provides a fresh look and a unique perspective on the relationship between Italo Calvino’s work and his own times, analyzed through the lens of his novel, “The Baron in the Trees” (“Il Barone Rampante”, 1957).

Screenplay: Duccio Chiarini, Sofia Assirelli, Claudia Lachina
Italy, France, 2023
Duration: 76 minutes, color
Language: Italian, with English Subtitles

Embassy of Italy
3000 Whitehaven Street NW
Washington, DC 20008



This event is part of a three date screening of the documentary that will occur at the following locations on the following dates:

  • Johns Hopkins University, November 8th
  • Italian Cultural Institute at the Embassy of Italy, November 10th
  • University of Maryland College Park, November 13th



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London Film School graduate Duccio Chiarini made several short films before he directed the documentary Hit the Road, Nonna, which premiered at Giornate degli Autori in 2011. His first fiction feature, Short Skin, was produced by the Biennale College Cinema and premiered at the 71st Venice Film Festival in 2014. The film was also selected for the 65th Berlinale, where it was nominated for a Crystal Bear in the Generation section. In 2016, Chiarini developed his second feature film, The Guest, at the Cannes Cinéfondation Residence and the Torino Film Lab. The film premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in 2018. In 2020, he directed his second documentary, The Glass Eye, which premiered at the 62nd Festival dei Popoli, where it won the award for best documentary.


  • Organizzato da: IIC Washington