USF Faculty at Cinema Italiano 2009 in Ybor

TAMPA, Fla. (March 19, 2009) -- Movies with scintillating discussions led by University of South Florida film scholars are a treat for movie buffs who attend 2009 Cinema Italiano's  screenings of Il Postino (The Postman), L'eclisse (The Eclipse) and La Sconosciuta (The Unknown Woman) at L'Unione Italiana, 1731 East Seventh Ave, Ybor City, March 27 and 28.

Patrizia La Trecchia will discuss Il postino (The Postman), the acclaimed 1994 film directed by Michael Radford, winner of an Oscar and numerous international awards, Friday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. La Trecchia, an assistant professor in the Department of World Languages, teaches interdisciplinary courses at USF in 20th century Italian culture, society and film, and her research interests include Italian and European film, globalization, popular culture, the "Southern question," and the Italian American Diaspora. She is writing a film textbook on Il postino for Edizioni Farinelli set for publication at the end of the year.  This project originates from her teaching "Italian Conversation Through Film" at USF.

La Trecchia's film expertise comes via a degree in film studies and comparative literature in Italy, and from workshops in film editing and photography with leading experts of the Centro Sperimentale of Cinematografia (National School of Cinema) in Rome. She also has a diploma in professional subtitling from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. Her film articles (published and forthcoming) can be found in the journals Cinemasessanta, Rivista di letteratura italiana, Communication and Critical Cultural Studies and Studies in European Cinema.

USF instructor James Ricci will lead the discussion of the 1962 Michelangelo Antonioni classic L'eclisse (The Eclipse) Saturday, March 28, 12:30 p.m. The film was a Jury Special Prize winner at Cannes. Ricci is a second year Ph.D. student at USF where he is a graduate teaching assistant for a course in popular culture and the arts, as well as a writing center associate. His primary areas of study are contemporary American literature and film studies and his areas of research include the adaptation of novels to cinema as well as the culture and social progression of early American independent film.

Saturday evening, at 7:30, English Professor Phillip Sipiora will discuss the 2006 film La sconosciuta (The Unknown Woman), directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. This film was nominated for and won numerous international awards, including the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists' Silver Ribbon and the Moscow International Film Festival's Audience Award. Sipiora teaches literature and film at USF. He is the author or editor of three books, approximately three dozen scholarly articles, and has lectured nationally and internationally on literature and film, including presentations at La Sapienza, one of Italy's oldest universities. He directs the USF Summer Program in Italy and writes a bi-monthly column for L'Unione Italiana.

"People who love film, and Italian cinema in particular, couldn't ask for a better way to gain a deeper understanding of these extraordinary films from these outstanding directors," said Sipiora.

There will be intermissions between the films and the discussions, and refreshments are available. For more information call (813) 248-3316.

The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.