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Tokyo – Cinema, dance, photography get center-stage. “Grand’Italia” showcases the best of Italy

Three special days, Thursday, 31 March, Friday ,1 April  and Friday,8 April  to meet six outstanding Italian figures. The programme, organized by the Italian Institute of Culture – IIC – in Tokyo, will take place at the Auditorium Umberto Agnelli. 
It  will feature documentaries introducing the stories of six great Italians who have added to the prestige Italy has in the world. “Grand’Italia” (“Great Italy”) is a set of meetings organized by the IIC in Tokyo in partnership with Clipper Media. “One year later,” the Italian Institute of Culture pointed out, “the second edition of “Grand’Italia” is about to begin .”Franco Marcoaldi will interview some prominent Italian personalities from a variety of fields such as music, cinema, dance, photography, sports and science. Each portrait is made richer by contributions friends and co-workers provided”.

“Grand’Italia” talks about excellence

Marcoaldi will introduce each documentary and take questions from the public. His documentaries, directed by Simone Aleandri, go beyond the format of traditional interviews to narrate the protagonists’ true stories, passions, talents and idiosyncrasies against backdrops that are iconic for them. Oscars Prize Winners Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty) and Nicola Giovani (Life is Beautiful) will be screened first, followed by  photographer Mario Dondero and international ballet dancer Alessandra Ferri. The documentaries portraying Giovanni Soldini, Italy’s most revered sailor and Carlo Rovelli, a theoretical physicist, will close the programme. Each interviewee has a “testimonial” by his/her side, either a friend, a collaborator or a kin member, who shows him/her from a different perspective, revealing more about the protagonist’s life and personality. A sense of trust and spontaneity allows each one of these famous Italians to speak freely, hiding nothing and discolosing emotions so to convey their true beings.