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January-February 2020

Enjoy the start of a two-month season on one of world cinema’s most exuberantly playful filmmakers.

Introduction by season programmer Pasquale Iannone


  • La dolce vita

    La dolce vita

    An era-defining fresco of life among the glitterati in early 1960s Rome.

February screenings

Part two of our season of Fellini film screenings

  • 8½

    The varied troubles of a celebrated filmmaker are laid bare in Fellini’s reflexive classic.

  • The Clowns

    The Clowns

    An affectionate exploration of the history, art and craft of the clown.

  • Fellini’s Roma

    Fellini’s Roma

    Fellini’s inventive city symphony spans 40 years of 20th-century Roman history.

  • Amarcord


    Fellini taps into his childhood memories growing up in Rimini in the 1930s.

  • And the Ship Sails On

    And the Ship Sails On

    Fellini takes us on a dream-like sea journey in the 1910s.

  • Intervista


    Another cinematic self-portrait, celebrating the film studios where Fellini made his name.

  • Il Bidone

    Il Bidone

    A trio of itinerant conmen roam the landscape of postwar Italy.

Introductions, talks and events

Episodic Fellini

Fellini embraces the short form

  • Episodic Fellini

    Episodic Fellini

    Fellini fully embraces the short form in three episodes from omnibus films.

BFI Course

  • The Imaginarium of Federico Fellini

    The Imaginarium of Federico Fellini

    Join us for a five-week illustrated course taking in Fellini’s recurrent themes and concerns, but also less familiar perspectives on his work.


February (Part 2)

“My fantasies and obsessions are not only my reality, but the stuff of which my films are made”
Federico Fellini

We round off our two-month centenary celebration of the renowned Italian filmmaker with a special focus on aspects of his work he’s arguably most famous for – the world of dreams and autobiography. These films span almost 35 years in the director’s career and include some of his best-known pictures, including the seminal film-about-film 8½ and the Oscar®-winning Amarcord. Fellini himself is a compelling presence in front of the camera, most memorably in The Clowns, Roma and Intervista, where the boundaries between fiction and non-fiction become ever more fluid. We also include Il Bidone and a programme of the director’s contributions to anthology films – little jewels offering further proof of Fellini’s fleet-flooted imagination.

Pasquale Iannone


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Alongside the release of La dolce vita, cinemas across the UK and Ireland will screen a selection of Fellini films.


Luce Cinecitta       Fellini 100       Italian Cultural Institute

This retrospective is the first of the Fellini 100 official international tour, coordinated by the Italian Ministry of Culture, led by Istituto Luce-Cinecittà, who have provided the films. All films have been digitally restored by Istituto Luce-Cinecittà, Cineteca di Bologna and Cineteca Nazionale.

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