April 12 - April 12

Cine Club-L’Isola delle Rose

Explore the rich world of Italian cinema as we screen and discuss some of the most iconic and thought-provoking films from Italy.

Additional information

Our teacher, Barbara, will lead a conversation on the story of “L’Isola delle Rose”, offering participants a deeper understanding of the film.

Whether you’re a seasoned cinephile or simply looking to enjoy a fantastic movie night, our Cine Club promises an engaging and immersive experience. Don’t miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the magic of Italian cinema and connect with fellow students and film enthusiasts. Grab your popcorn, settle in, and let the cinematic journey begin!

” L’ISOLA DELLE ROSE ” (2021) directed by Sydney Sibilia, based on a true story. In 1968, engineer Giorgio Rosa built an artificial island off the coast of Italy and declared it an independent state. The project attracted the interest of Italian and international authorities, who saw in its creation a threat to the established political order. The film blends elements of comedy, adventure, and drama to tell the story of the dream of creating an ideal place to live without laws and restrictions, offering a reflection on the tensions between utopia and reality.

The film will be screened in Italian with English subtitles. Suitable for all levels of language proficiency.

Register soon because space is limited. We hope you’re able to join us!

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Two and a half hours

6:00 - 8:30 pm
In person

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