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01 April 2010: Dr Margherita Sprio in discussion with Hollywood Director Abel Ferrara

Dr Margherita Sprio (Dept Art History and Theory) in discussion with Hollywood director Abel Ferrara (King of New York, 1990, Bad Lieutenant, 1992, The Funeral, 1996, Mary, 2005 amongst others) at the Barbican, London 23rd April 2010.

The PREMIERE SCREENING OF Ferrara’s new film is at the London International Documentary Festival http://www.lidf.co.uk . The festival is running this year between 23rd April-8th May at various venues from Curzon Soho, to the Barbican to the British Museum. The main emphasis of the festival is to use documentary film to kick start debates and discussions, in fact the festival's tag line is "A Conversation in Film.” The opening film of the festival is an intriguing film entitled Napoli Napoli (please see below for synopsis) on the 23rd April at the Barbican and we are delighted to have the director Abel Ferrara join us in discussion with Dr Margherita Sprio from University of Essex after the screening. It would be great to see you all there for what promises to be a fascinating evening.

Napoli, Napoli, Napoli + Q&A with director and Dr Margherita Sprio, University of Essex
Director: Abel Ferrara
Country: Italy
Length: 92min
Year: 2009
UK Premiere

Synopsis: Napoli Napoli Napoli is not only a portrait of the city itself, but a deep sight into its humanity, vital and brutal, passionate and cruel at the same time. While interviewing a group of female convicts in Pozzuoli State Prison, Abel Ferrara was deeply impressed by their statements that were both harsh and fatalistic. Based on their life experiences, he decided to create three different screenplays, written by Peppe Lanzetta, Maurizio Braucci and Gaetano Di Vaio. Di Vaio's episode is inspired by his actual experience as convict; Braucci's one depicts a sad and brutal growing up; Lanzetta wrote a family melodrama of violence, expectations, and vengeance. By interweaving reality and fiction, this innovative docu-film, also directed by Abel Ferrara, is a complex and compelling mosaic, like the city of Naples - fascinating and indecipherable at the same time

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