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Marco Bellocchio Weekender

23-24 June 2018

A special weekend celebrating the Italian actor-writer-director ahead of a month-long retrospective of his work in July.

See our Satire and Morality: The Cinema of Marco Bellocchio season in July.


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Photograph: Simone Martinetto


Marco Bellocchio is one of the most distinguished and original filmmakers to have emerged from Italy in the 1960s. Ever since his startling debut feature Fists in the Pocket (1965), his unique, consistently distinctive work has been showcased at major festivals (including the BFI London Film Festival) and released internationally. Yet he remains less recognised than contemporaries such as Bernardo Bertolucci. In July the BFI and Ciné Lumière will redress this by holding the first ever comprehensive UK retrospective of his films, in partnership with Film Italia and the Italian Cultural Institute. We’re delighted to welcome Bellocchio to the BFI stage to talk about his career, alongside some of his classic movies, as a curtain-raiser for our season in July.

Adrian Wootton OBE, season curator

  • Marco Bellocchio in Conversation

    Marco Bellocchio in Conversation

    Your chance to hear from one of the most distinguished and original Italian filmmakers.

  • Fists in the Pocket + intro

    Fists in the Pocket + intro

    A disturbed young man turns on his family in Bellocchio’s impressive feature debut.

  • Vincere


    Marco Bellocchio’s critically lauded, beautifully realised period drama about Benito Mussolini.

  • Sweet Dreams

    Sweet Dreams

    A troubled journalist’s exploration of his past starts to cathartically change his present.

In Partnership with:
Image from LUCE Cinecitta

Image from Instituto Italiano di Cultura   Image from Institut Francais


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2for1 Ticket offer - Rationalism on Set: Glamour and Modernity in 1930s Italian Cinema, Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, until 24 June 2018

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This exhibition explores a little-known period of Italian cinematic history, highlighting the strong modernist influence apparent in the set designs created for a number of romantic comedies during the inter-war years.

To enjoy two tickets for the price of one simply quote ‘white telephone’ when buying tickets at the museum (offer applies on adult admission only, valid until 24 June).


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