Il Cinema Ritrovato: sexiest movie festival ever, proudly “glamour free”

When Gianluca Farinelli, director of film festival Il Cinema Ritrovato, said «We are a festival without glamour» today at the press preview, he couldn’t be smugger. And I couldn’t be prouder, too: this gem of a festival attracts every year in Bologna the best of the best, and it needs no red carpet: only true cinema … More Il Cinema Ritrovato: sexiest movie festival ever, proudly “glamour free”

5 reasons why Bologna becoming a tourists’ destination is good news

All of a sudden Bologna became popular. Vogue wrote about it. The New York Times wrote about it. So did The Guardian and the BBC. Ryanair added some flights to and from most European capitals and there you go: now everyone likes to post about their last weekend in the Red, the Fat and the … More 5 reasons why Bologna becoming a tourists’ destination is good news

Bologna The fat indeed: Biografilm Park is one more occasion to eat and discuss food

If there ever was a place where a film festival is yet another occasion to talk about eating, well that was Bologna, aka City of food. So today there I was at the presentation of Biografilm Park, the series of events taking place alongside Biografilm Festival, and for the first half hour all you could … More Bologna The fat indeed: Biografilm Park is one more occasion to eat and discuss food

Smells like Bologna’s spirit: Smell Festival and the secret language of scents

Smell – Festival dell’Olfatto is one of those things difficult to explain – even more to illustrate – and yet worth mentioning. First because its communication and topics are willingly niche and not crowd-pleasing, which is quite an achievement in a world of the-easier-the-better. Second, and most important, because it investigates the fascinating world of … More Smells like Bologna’s spirit: Smell Festival and the secret language of scents

Fomo in Bolo: life in town is in full bloom (day and night)

Being in Bologna from the end of May onwards means having lots of energy and perfect organization skills, because this little postmark of a metropolis (Copyright Samuel Broche) offers a plethora of events and cool things to do. Let’s begin with this very week end, where at least three unmissable things take place. One is Di verde … More Fomo in Bolo: life in town is in full bloom (day and night)

Ladies in heels and steaming sets

«So she actually squirts? I thought she was faking it all the time», «Oh no she was not. That’s her thing, she’s a big squirter». Just a casual exchange of comments you could hear from two respectable Bolognese women last evening, at the opening of Tacchi nudi, Nicola Casamassima’s photo exhibition hosted by Factory gallery for just 4 days. Casamassima has … More Ladies in heels and steaming sets

Unmissable psychedelic erotica: Belladonna of sadness at Future Film Festival

Remember when I mentioned the movie gems that you can only find at movie festivals? Yesterday I had the honor to watch one of them at Future Film Festival. The much awaited closing movie slash special event Belladonna of sadness had an extra screening added so that more people could see it, and I strongly recommend you to, … More Unmissable psychedelic erotica: Belladonna of sadness at Future Film Festival

Rifiuti, a meditation on garbage from the kings (and queen) of recycle

Like some of you know, I’m a fan of Fratelli Broche, vintage dealers by day, artistic duo by night. So I’m happy to announce their latest work Rifiuti, hosted by gallery/factory Adiacenze, a perfect combination of both identities. Rifiuti is both a project and an exibition. The latter, opening friday march 5th, is made of … More Rifiuti, a meditation on garbage from the kings (and queen) of recycle

Future Film Festival opens Bologna’s film festival season with its lust for animation, rarities and special effects

Bologna’s Future Film Festival was the very first film festival I was ever asked to follow for work. It was 2002 and just like now I couldn’t be less interested – in theory at least – in special effects and cinema based on technology. On the other hand having the chance to write for work, … More Future Film Festival opens Bologna’s film festival season with its lust for animation, rarities and special effects

ARKADEN! Bologna celebrates its unique “portici” system (with a plea to Unesco)

There are two ways to make a brand of your local specificity. The vicious one is adapting it to a confused idea of what tourists need, i.e. promoting  the non-exixtent “Spaghetti Bolognese”. The virtuous one is valorizing what is authentic. The cycle of events that goes by the name Arkaden luckily chose the second option. … More ARKADEN! Bologna celebrates its unique “portici” system (with a plea to Unesco)