With the arrival of summer, Monday 21 June, the big screen of the Ettore Scola Theater comes on again – theoutdoor arena of the Casa del Cinema under the pines of Villa Borghese – to host the new season of Kaleidoscope.
A long summer dedicated to the rebirth of cinema and the desire to be together. Three months of screenings, international festivals, thematic cycles and event evenings that the Roman public, as well as that of tourists, will be able to enjoy free admission and in complete safety due to strict compliance with the health protocol.
Admission will be free upon reservation at the concierge from 90 minutes before the start of the evening (until all available seats are exhausted). Until July, the screen will light up at 9 pm or, on some evenings, at 9.30 pm; while in the second part of the summer the starting time will always be at 9 pm. Foreign films will be screened with Italian subtitles.
“From Monday 21 June the appointment with the free outdoor arena returns to the Casa del Cinema. The program ranges from the White Nights of the cinema in which we will remember Paolo Villaggio, to a party for Silvano Agosti and the Cinema Azzurro Scipioni, up to evenings dedicated to Nino Manfredi. With outdoor cinema we return to sharing moments of reflection and finally together we can resume – with the necessary caution – cultural life. Rome is showing ferment and desire for culture, energy and awareness of being the capital of culture “ so the Councilor for Cultural Growth of Rome Capital Lorenza Fruci.
“The idea that guided us after a long winter of restrictions and confinement – says the director Giorgio Gosetti – is to offer an extremely varied program and in this we have been helped in a decisive way, on the one hand by the embassies and international promotion agencies that have chosen us as the natural place to propose a very current selection of cinema from the most diverse cultures: from India to Germany, from Albania to Latvia, from Africa to Ireland, up to Romania and Slovenia. On the other hand, the partnership with large institutions such as the CSC – Cineteca Nazionale and Istituto Luce – Cinecittà was confirmed as fundamental, but also the enthusiasm of cultural subjects such as Classica HD, Ermitage TV, the association of former students of the CSC. We have decided to dedicate this summer 2021 to two generations of our cinema, two artists we do not want to forget, Peter Del Monte and Valentina ‘Zucco’ Pedicini. “
In this edition of Kaleidoscope, great attention is paid to Italian documentary, both creation and archival (the Docu and Arena and In full light. Secret history of Italy), which goes hand in hand with the rediscovery of classics of German post-expressionism when the geniuses of Austria and Germany chose the freedom in Hollywood to escape the dark shadow of Nazism (Vienna Berlin Hollywood); a flurry of wild comedies to smile again (And everyone laughed) and a journey into the imagination of the Middle Ages as told or imagined by great directors such as Avati, Monicelli, Pasolini (Le donne, i cavalier, l ‘ arms, loves. The cinema of the Middle Ages).
And then a series of concert evenings, starting with that of Indian classical music with the introductory exhibition at the SummerMela Festival which, on Monday 21 June, also opens the summer of Casa del Cinema; up to the concerts in homage to the splendor of Cinecittà: Cinecittà. Il cinema sings Roma, performed by the duo TheRoma and dedicated to the great interpreters, directors and composers of Italian cinema (22 June and 27 July) and Cinecittà. Homage in jazz to the history of Italian cinema in the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, the result of a musical project by Ettore Carucci (12 August). Finally, Kaleidoscope’s excursion into the world of other arts will be completed with a special review dedicated to the world of classical opera and dance, consisting of the “popular trilogy” by Giuseppe Verdi, a documentary on the Teatro alla Scala and a on Roberto Bolle.
There will be many special evenings that will take place on the stage of the Ettore Scola Theater. They range from heartfelt greetings to Peter Del Monte, a recently deceased director who will be remembered by the Casa del Cinema and the Cineteca Nazionale (June 23), to a tribute to Mauro Bolognini for the twentieth anniversary of his death (June 24); from the celebrations for the 80th anniversary of the editor Roberto Perpignani, as part of the CSC – Social Club review, with the former students of the Experimental Center (July 16), to the evening in the company of the Golden Film with its guests from the world of cinema (July 17). Up to the party for Silvano Agosti and his Azzurro Scipioni cinema (26 July). In addition, Casa del Cinema will dedicate a series of events dedicated to the creativity and art of women and will join the White Nights of the cinema, with an evening in memory of the talent of Paolo Villaggio.
The absolute protagonist of the year could only be Nino Manfredi whose centenary of his birth occurs and to whom a review with eight films made in collaboration with the Cineteca Nazionale will be dedicated. His quiet smile, his inimitable art of normality, his under statement as a great master of Italian comedy, draw a memorable portrait of the changing country and of a talented cinema that knew how to make a popular show without ever giving up excellence. of quality.
In the summer of hope, the cinema to be seen together is also reborn in the greenery of Villa Borghese and carries a message that once again links culture to life, sociality to the discovery of beauty.