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Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA

February 29th – March 1st, 2024


The Department of French and Italian at Vanderbilt University, the iLens film series, and the Cineteca of Bologna, one of Europe’s most renowned archives for film restoration and preservation, are thrilled to present the first edition of Il Cinema Ritrovato on Tour.  The Cinema Ritrovato on Tour is a journey that shares the richness of cinematic Culture with diverse audiences worldwide. As an extension of the renowned Cinema Ritrovato festival, this traveling program presents films that encompass gems from the silent era and masterpieces of international cinema, celebrating global culture and the art of film-making.

The inaugural edition of Il Cinema Ritrovato on Tour at Vanderbilt invites audiences on a cinematic exploration across Argentina, Brazil, and Italy. The journey culminates with a screening of “Inferno,” Italy’s first feature film from 1911, recently restored by the Cineteca di Bologna.

If you would like to know more about Il Cinema Ritrovato, have a look at this video report.

First Annual Film Festival



Sarratt Cinema

(Argentina, 2020, directed by Dario Doria)

Presented with a Q&A led by Professor Anna Castillo.

Through clay figurines and live-action news clips, the film portrays one of the most influential cases in the battle between pro-choice and anti-abortion movements in Argentina. This documentary is based on the true story of Vicenta, an illiterate, working-class mother who discovers that her developmentally delayed, teenage daughter has been sexually abused and is now pregnant. Although Argentine law autorizes abortion in such cases, the system presents endless obstacles that Vicenta and her daughter must overcome. Spanish with English subtitles. (70 mins).


Brazilian Shorts

FRIDAY, MARCH 1ST @ 1:25 – 2:15 PM

Buttrick Hall 103 (OPEN ONLY TO STUDENTS)

Presented with a discussion led by Professor Benjamin Legg.

Mãtãnãg, a Encantada (Brazil, 2019, directed by Shawara Maxakali and Charles Bicalho)

A short animated film that tells the story of a woman who, after being bitten by a snake, follows her husband to the village of the dead.

Recife Frio (Brazil, 2009, directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho)

This “mockumentary” is an early work by acclaimed director Kleber Mendonça Filho that explores questions of climate change and social inequality in the context of the Brazilian city of Recife.




Sarratt Cinema

(Italy, 1911, Directed by Bertolini, Padovan, and De Liguoro)

Live performance by Furio Di Castri (bass) and Stefano Maccagno (piano).

Introduction by Professor Anna Marra and Luca di Vito, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago.

Final Q&A with Furio Di Castri and Stefano Maccagno.

Please reserve your free ticket here.

This Cine-Concert film features the groundbreaking 1911 Italian silent film L’Inferno, accompanied live by Stefano Maccagno (piano) and Furio Di Castri (double bass) performing the mesmerizing original musical score composed by Maestro Maccagno.

L’Inferno, loosely adapted from the first canticle of Dante’s Divine Comedy, was the first full-length Italian feature film ever produced. The film’s depictions of Hell closely followed those in the engravings of Gustave Doré, which were familiar to international audiences, and it employed groundbreaking special effects for its time. Silent with live musical accompaniment. (66 mins).

The event is offered thanks to the support of the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago.



This program is curated by Guy Borlée (Cineteca di Bologna, Festival Coordinator), Anna Marra (French and Italian Department, Vanderbilt University), and Jonathan Waters (Department of Cinema & Media Arts, Vanderbilt University).

For more information, please email Anna Marra:


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