Between “The Teacher from Vigevano” (“Il maestro di Vigevano”, 1963) to “Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion” (“Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto”, 1970), there are several milestones that Elio Petri handed down to the history of the cinema. The Roman-born film director (1929 -82) will be celebrated in Barcelona throughout the month of April in the temporary exhibition “Elio Petri, immagini su un autore”, (“Elio Petri, Images of an Author”), which is scheduled to open next April 5 at the Italian Institute of Culture (IIC) in the Catalonian city.
The exhibition – which will run until the end of the month – is curated by Paola Pegoraro Petri, Elio Petri’s wife, and by Antonia Naim, journalist and film programmer. It includes: posters, photographs, playbills and directing material such as briefs, letters and telegrams belonging to the Petri Fund, which was created by the deceased director’s wife and donated in part to Turin’s Museum of the Cinema. In parallel to the exhibition, the IIC will host a retrospective of Petri’s films, with a special focus on Gian Maria Volonté, one of his favourite actors, at the Filmoteca de Catalunya.
The IIC in Barcelona
The Italian Institute of Culture in Barcelona is a cultural institution of the Italian State, under the competence of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Founded in 1950, the Institute now occupies an exclusive three-story building built in 1889 by the Amat family, included in the Architectural Heritage List of the Municipality of Barcelona. It was later purchased by Casa degli Italiani, a charitable association created to help Italian nationals in Catalonia at the end of the 20th Century. The building is located in the heart of the city, only a couple hundred meters from the Paseo de Gracia, the prestigious avenue crossing the city of Barcelona. The building, which is currently owned by the Italian State, hosts the Library, the director’s office and the five classrooms and offices used for Italian language and culture courses.