The Italian Cultural Institute, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, presents the screening of Leopardi, il giovane favoloso, a movie by Mario Martone.
Based upon the short but fruitful life of the legendary Italian 19th century poet Giacomo Leopardi, one of the most important and influential poets in Italian literary history. Director Mario Martone’s film, a scrupulously researched and cinematically staged period biopic, gives us the full sweep of the restless and often terribly unhappy events of Leopardi’s life, set within the turbulent context of early 19th-century Italian society, politics and literature. However this is no academic exercise – it is a powerful, moving search for identity and artistic self-expression by a brilliant misfit, memorably played by Elio Germano (My Brother is Only Child, As God Commands).
Directors: Mario Martone
Italy, 2014, 135 minutes
Film in Italian with English subtitles
Embassy of Italy - Auditorium
3000 Whitehaven St, NW
Washington, DC 20008
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