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Frontaliers Disaster: An Evening of Swiss-Italian Comedy and Conversation

  • Embassy of Switzerland 2900 Cathedral Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20008 United States (map)

18th Italian Language Week In The World

A hugely popular comedy series from Italian-speaking Switzerland, Frontaliers is a light-hearted tale of culture, identity, and unexpected friendships. 

Bussenghi is an Italian mechanic who is always late to his job in Switzerland because of his bickering with the Swiss border guard Bernasconi.

Through the daily squabbles of this odd pair, we learn about the cultural traditions of Italy and of Switzerland, two countries that are connected by language and geography, although they sometimes seem like two different worlds. 

From its beginnings as a radio series, Frontaliers has evolved into a YouTube web series and, most recently, a feature film which was one of Switzerland’s biggest box-office hits of 2017.

Please join the Embassy of Switzerland and the Italian Cultural Institute for a screening of some of our favorite Frontaliers webisodes, as well as selected scenes from the feature film Frontaliers Disaster

The screening will be accompanied by a panel discussion featuring Alberto Meroni, director and producer of Frontaliers Disaster, Valeria Della Valle, Ph.D., professor of Italian linguistics, and Laura Lazzari, Ph.D., Research Scholar at Catholic University of America, and moderated by Emiliano Bos, U.S. correspondent for RSI, Swiss Public Broadcasting Corporation’s Italian-speaking service.

Video in Italian with English subtitles.

The event will be followed by a reception featuring Swiss and Italian delicacies.