“Sempre caro mi fu quest’ermo colle…”

Gaia Servadio in conversation with opera and cinema director Mario Martone on “Leopardi”, his latest film. 

Tuesday 18 November 2014, 6.30PM 

Italian Cultural Institute, 39 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8NX

The Italian Society is delighted to bring to your attention a forthcoming event organised by the Italian Cultural Institute in London on Tuesday 18 November 2014.

Gaia Servadio talks to Mario Martone on how his film projects the figure of the greatest Italian poet of the 19th Century.

The link between Leopardi and Britain is tenuous, it is thus important to stress the cultural importance of Leopardi’s Romantic role. He opened the doors of Romanticism to Italy, leaving behind the Neo-Classical movement; in this he joined the sweeping cultural movement led by English poets.

Gaia Servadio will read L’infinito by Leopardi translated by Robert Lowell and will reason on it with Mario Martone.

Gaia Servadio lives between London and Italy. She has lectured in the most renowned universities, Oxford, London, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Sydney, New Delhi and the University of Bologna. She is a regular broadcaster for radio and TV in Italy and United Kingdom and has written for the major Italian and British dailies and weeklies.  Gaia has just published her twenty-eighth book, Raccogliamo le vele (Feltrinelli). She has held the annual conference at the British Library and her second Biography of Gioacchino Rossini is to be published in the Spring (Feltrinelli). Her poetry is widely published.

Mario Martone is an Italian film, theatre, opera director and screenwriter. He has directed 15 films since 1985. L’amore molesto in 1995 won the David di Donatello (the Italian “Oscar”) for the best direction; in 2010 Noi credevamo won the David di Donatello for the best film. In 2011 he won the Prize “La ginestra” dedicated to Leopardi. He has directed operas for La Scala, l’Opera Garnier and the Royal Opera (among others).

The event is free and open to all.

We look forward to seeing you there,

The Italian Society Team