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VIU Movie Series – “Don Camillo”

Posted on: April 13th, 2017 by intern No Comments

Monday, April 24 – 5 pm – room 9A

This movie is part of Prof. Luca Pes’ course “Italian Contemporary History in Films”

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Directed by Julien Duvivier            Starring Fernandel and Gino Cervi
Genres comedy                            Release date 1952 (Italy)
Running time 109 minutes             Languages Italian

The film is set in Brescello, a small village in the center of Italy, where the earth is hard and life miserly, and is based on the novel written by Giovannino Guareschi.
The movie depicts the eternal rivalry between the priest Don Camillo and the communist town’s major, Giuseppe Bottazzi, to be the head of the community. If in secret they admired and liked each other, politics still divided them as it divided the country. Laughs, gags and a touch of melancholy…
Its success led to producing sequels, creating a saga for Don Camillo’s character.

It is part of the list of the 100 Italian films to be saved, because of its influence in changing the collective memory of the country between 1942 and 1978.



Lost Islands. Exploring the lagoon city

Posted on: April 10th, 2017 by intern No Comments


March/May 2017

This program is part of Prof. Cipriani’s course S1721 Listening to the Lagoon City. Lost Islands

All VIU students are welcome to join!

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The course aims at introducing students to the reading and to the knowledge of the landscape.

The visits will explore the islands of the Venetian lagoon in the following dates:

March 9                                                             March 31                                                          April 27
> 1.20 pm / San Servolo boat stop            > 1.30 pm / Sacca Fisola boat stop           > 1.20 pm / Restricted access*
San Lazzaro degli Armeni Island                Sacca San Biagio Island                             Campalto Island

March 16                                                           April 6                                                               May 4
> 1.30 pm / Restricted access*                 > 1.20 pm / Castello boat stop                 > 1.20 pm / Restricted access*
Poveglia Island                                                La Certosa Island                                          Sant’Angelo della Polvere Island    

March 23                                                           April 13                                                             May 18
> 1.20 pm / San Zaccaria B boat stop        >1.10 pm / F.te Nove D boat stop              > 1.10 pm / F.te Nove B boat stop
Castello Island                                                Le Vignole Island                                            San Michele Island

Only for students enrolled in the class



VIU Movie Series – German Students Proposal

Posted on: April 6th, 2017 by intern No Comments

Good Bye Lenin!

Monday, April 10 – 5 pm – room 9A


Directed by  Wolfgang Becker    Starring   Daniel Brühl, Katrin Saβ and Chulpan Khamatova
Genres           Documentary          Release date   2003
Running time   121 mins             Language      German with english subtitles

In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared.

European Film Awards Winner 2003, nominated for Best Foreign Film at Golden Globe Awards in 2004.

Here a quick preview ;;-)




Friday Trip to Firenze

Posted on: April 6th, 2017 by intern No Comments

Florence City Center and Uffizi Gallery Museum

Friday, April 14, 2017

Meeting Point: 1 pm Piazza della Signoria, Firenze

Firenze Ponte Vecchio

N.B. The visit is part of:
Prof. Paolieri’s Supplementary Art Course: Introduction to Italian Renaissance Painting
and open only to students who have attended the minimum number of  classes requested.

1 pm  - meeting at Piazza della Signoria, Firenze (in front of the entrance of Palazzo Vecchio)
visit to the center of Florence with Prof. Paolieri
2 pm – guided visit to Uffizi Galleries with Prof. Annarita Paolieri
6.30 pm – Estimated time for the end of the visit in Florence

Uffizi entrance tickets: sponsored by VIU for all students attending the Supplementary Art Course.

Transport:  Students must arranged on their own the journey to and from Florence.
The recommended way to reach Florence is by train (station name: Santa Maria Novella).
You may check both Trenitalia and Italo’s websites, in alternative look for buses i.e. Flixbus or shared cars i.e. Bla Bla Car.



Visit to ENI Bio-refinery at Porto Marghera

Posted on: March 31st, 2017 by intern No Comments

Friday, April 7, 2017 (half day)

Meeting Point: 9.30 am, “Tronchetto” boat stop
(Att! There are two stops, one called “Tronchetto-Mercato” and the other one “Tronchetto” – the right stop – ).

N.B. For safety measures, please remember to bring your ID/Passport (the same one you use to pre-register online to VIU Globalization Program).

Petrolchimico_di_GelaSunset in Mestre, Italy

N.B. The visit is compulsory for students enrolled in:
Prof. Turvani/Basso S1719 Cities, Global Change and Sustainable Development
Prof Musu/Mannino S1718 Globalization, Environment and Sustainable Development

- 9.40 am: Departure with private bus from Venezia Tronchetto
- 10 am: Arrival at the Bio-refinery and meeting with Assistant Director Ing. Luca Alburno and visit of the establishment
- 1 pm: Expected return time

Some History
Eni (Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi) is an Italian multinational oil and gas company founded in 1954.
Soon it started to develop beyond national boundaries, combining its operations with plans for the development of local communities worldwide.
In the first half of 2014, Eni achieved the start-up of the Venice-Porto Marghera biorefinery through the Green Refinery project, which was the first example of conversion of a refinery into a bio-refinery, allowing the production of high-quality biofuels from organic raw material.
Green diesel, green nafta, GPL and (potentially) jet fuel are among the substances produced by the facility, but it has been planned to use biomasses which are not for consumption.
The conversion of a pre-existing establishment brought environmental and technological benefits but also social and economic ones, providing employment through innovation and allowing to reduce the initial costs of the project.



Night Visit to Saint Mark’s Basilica

Posted on: March 31st, 2017 by intern No Comments


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Meeting Point: 8.15 pm, Piazzetta dei Leoncini (little square next to the Basilica with stone lion statues)


50 places are available for any student and professor interested.
The entrance fee is 5 euro/person

To participate, sign up on the list and bring the fee at the Front Office before Monday, April 3, at 4.3o pm.

The Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark is one of the best known examples of Italo-Byzantine Architecture. It lies at the eastern end of the Piazza San Marco, adjacent and connected to the Doge’s Palace. Originally the chapel of the Doge, it was chosen as the city’s cathedral only in 1807, when it became the seat of the Patriarch of Venice. For its opulent design, gold ground mosaics, and its status as a symbol of Venetian wealth and power, from the 11th century on the building has been known by the nickname Chiesa d’Oro (Church of gold).

This is a unique opportunity… Do not miss the chance of a  night-time guided tour of the Basilica with us!



VIU Movie Series – “La Notte di San Lorenzo”

Posted on: March 31st, 2017 by intern No Comments

Monday, April 3 – 5 pm – room 9A

This movie is part of Prof. Luca Pes’ course “Italian Contemporary History in Films”

La Notte di San Lorenzo

Directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani             Starring Margarita Lozano, Omero Antonutti
Genres drama,romance, war                                Release date 16 September 1982 (Italy)
Running time 105 minutes                                  Languages Italian

The film is set in the small village of San Martino. In the summer of 1944, in the middle of World War II and the Resistance, the Nazis forces assemble the village’s inhabitants inside the city’s church. Sensing a trap, the farmer Galvano, with a group of people, runs off to meet the allied forces arriving from the south.

“A distinctive and restless force in European cinema for more than 35 years, the Taviani brothers mastered an eloquent stylistic bridge between Rossellini’s stringency and Fellini’s braggadocio.
1982′s The Night of the Shooting Stars remains their premier achievement and arguably the best Italian film of the ’80s. Fantastic and episodic, this saga of Italian villagers roaming the Nazi-upended countryside searching for the liberating armies combines doom, magic and absurdism with spectacular confidence. This mid-career masterpiece (told as mythopoetic flashback by its six-year-old protagonist, now grown into parenthood) is a traumatic oral history seen from the inside out”.
Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice

Best Film Prize and Critics International Award at Cannes in 1982.



Incroci di Civiltà

Posted on: March 27th, 2017 by intern No Comments

International Festival of Literature in Venice

Opening: Wednesday, March 29 – 5.30 pm – Teatro Carlo Goldoni

The 10th edition of Incroci di Civiltà, organised by Ca’Foscari University, will be opened by the Nobel prize writer Orhan Pamuk, in collaboration with Fondazione di Venezia e dal Comune di Venezia, Assessorato alle Attività e Produzioni Culturali.

The Festival will host 25 writers ready to share their different and unique worldview from twenty different countries: Argentina, Canada, France, Japan, United Kingdom, Haiti, India, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Libya, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Romania, Saint Martin, Slovenia, United States, Svezia, Turkey and Hungary.

This year’s theme will be “The Return”, a perfect fit for the difficult historical moment in which we are living. It is important to reflect on migration, forced exiles and the longing felt by millions of people all around the world to return home. “The Return” by Hisham Matar is a perfect representation of  the chosen theme, and has already been praised by both the critics and the public.

Translation into Italian will be available for all events in other languages.
The books of the Festival writers will be available for purchase at the stand in Campo Santa Margherita, at the Festival’s venues, and at the partner bookshops Cafoscarina, Libreria MarcoPolo, Libreria Studium and Punto Einaudi Venezia.

Festival: from March 29 to April 1, 2017.

All events are free but require online booking at

Find here the complete Programme



Rescheduled Classes: March 31

Posted on: March 23rd, 2017 by intern No Comments


On FridayMarch 31 there will be the lessons rescheduled from Tuesday, April 25 (national Holiday),
with the exception of: Prof. Silvestri, Prof. Turvani-Basso, Prof. Brunzin and Prof. Ferro.

Lessons will be at the usual time and classroom. Here a recap:
09.15: S1726 Eisner
11.00: S1705 Eisner     S1704 Centanni/Bastianello
13.30: S1724 Lung,      S1721 Cipriani,  S1717 Bloechl
15.15: S1711 Bloechl,   S1722 Borisov,   S1718 Musu/Mannino
17.00: S1725 Lung,      S1723 Borisov
N.B. Rescheduled classes are normal lessons, therefore eventual absences will be noted, unless when justified.



VIU Movie Series – Italian Students Proposal

Posted on: March 23rd, 2017 by intern No Comments


Monday, March 27 – 5 pm – room 9C


Directed by
Gianfranco Rosi       Starring           Maria Costa, Samuele Pucillo, Pietro Bartolo
Genres           Documentary          Release date   18 February 2016 (Italy)
Running time   1h 54 mins             Language         Italian

Set in Lampedusa, the Sicilian island where desperate migrants from Africa and the Middle East arrive each year hoping for a new life in Europe (400,000 in the last 20 years), Fuocoammare is a mysterious and moving film, a beautiful documentary that looks like a neorealist classic.

“The film does not take a view; it does not demand action. It simply shows us the details, and I felt I learned more from this film than from the nightly TV news. Fire at Sea is masterly film-making”
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Golden Bear winner at Berlin International Film Festival in 2016
Best Documentary at European Films Awards in 2016
Oscar Nomination for Best Documentary in 2017