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Italo Calvino: The Writer in the Trees

The Italian Program at the University of Maryland is pleased to present a screening of the documentary Italo Calvino: The Writer in the Trees, by Italian Director Duccio Chiarini.

On the 100th anniversary of Italo Calvino, the most important Italian writers of the twentieth century, this documentary provides a fresh look and a unique perspective on the relationship between the author’s work and his own times, analyzed through the lens of his novel, The Baron in the Trees (Il Barone Rampante, 1957). The documentary premiered at the Giornata degli Autori at the Venice Film Festival in August 2023.

The event is in collaboration with the French and the Italian Department, and the Program in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Maryland, and with the Italian Department at Johns Hopkins University, and it is made possible by the generous support of the Casa Italiana Sociocultural Center, and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C.


Italo Calvino: The Writer in the Trees

by Duccio Chiarini

Screenplay: Duccio Chiarini, Sofia Assirelli, Claudia Lachina

Italy, France, 2023, 76', color (ENG SUBTITLES)

Monday, November 13, 2023

Susquehanna - Lecture Hall 1120

University of Maryland, College Park Campus


Followed by a Q&A with director Duccio Chiarini

FREE and open to the public

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.


Susquehanna Hall

Monday, November 13, 2023 4:00 pm-6:30 pm

Susquehanna Hall, 1120


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