NEWS: BFI Announces Year Long Programme to Celebrate Filmmaker Federico Fellini

The BFI has announced details of its year long celebration  to mark the centenary of filmmaker Federico Fellini.  


Presented in collaboration with Luce – Cinecittà, the celebration will begin at the BFI Southbank with a two month complete retrospective of Fellini’s work from January to February 2020. This  retrospective is the first of the Fellini 100 official tour, a series of centennial tributes to Fellini, coordinated by the Italian Ministry of Culture, which will travel to major museums and film institutes worldwide, led by Luce – Cinecittà. 

The BFI has also announced that it will be re-releasing La Dolce Vita on the 3rd January in selected cinemas as well as making available a number of Fellini’s most influential films via a tour to cinemas nationwide and a collection on BFI Player.

The two month season at the BFI Southbank has been programmed thematically by film academic, critic and broadcaster Pasquale Iannone. It will begin in January with Walkers and Wanderers, a strand focusing on loosely-structured journey narratives, including titles such as La Strada  and The Voice of the Moon. Also in January will be the second strand Spectacle and Society – including Satyricon and Ginger and Fred in which Fellini places spectacle firmly in a socio-historical context.The weekend of 18th–19th January will see a special focus on his work ahead of what would have been Fellini’s 100th birthday; Monday 20 January.

In February the season will focus on Fellini’s more overtly autobiographical films with Self-Portraits and Dreams. This will include I Vitelloni  (1953) which is based on Fellini’s own adolescence, and the Oscar-winning Amarcord (1973). In Roma  (1972), Fellini reflects on his childhood as well as his arrival in the Eternal City for the first time in the 1930s. Also in February, BFI Southbank will be screening three episodes directed by Fellini including one for the anthology film Love in the City called Agenzia matrimoniale, a section from Boccaccio ’70 titled Le tentazioni del dottor Antonio and the episode Toby Dammit from Tales of Mystery and Imagination.

The BFI will be re-releasing a 4K restoration of La Dolce Vita , Fellini’s exquisite, epic tale of the Roman glitterati which celebrates its 60th birthday next year, in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on Friday 3rd January. It is set over seven decadent days following Marcello Mastroianni’s philandering journalist, pursuing a happiness that’s always just out of reach. In addition to the re-release, BFI will make a Fellini Centenary Tour available to cinemas UK-wide.

A package of Fellini classics will also be made available online with a BFI Player subscription (now available via Apple TV+ as well as Amazon Prime Video), many for the first time in the UK. The collection will include his most celebrated masterpieces while also highlighting lesser known works that are ripe for rediscovery. All films have been digitally restored by Luce – Cinecittà, Cineteca di Bologna and Cineteca Nazionale.

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