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Q&A with Dr Pasquale Iannone

13 May 2022

Scotland’s annual Italian Film Festival returns to DCA this May with an exciting, wide-ranging selection from the past twelve months.

We caught up with festival programmer Pasquale Iannone to find out more about this celebration of Italian cinema...


We’re so excited to bring the Italian Film Festival Back to Dundee! Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do? 

I'm an Italian-Scot, and Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Edinburgh. I've worked for the Italian Film Festival for many years in various capacities (interpreter, driver, Q&A host) and was thrilled when I got the chance to programme the Festival back in 2018!

"So many terrific titles are screening at DCA."

DCA are showing 7 films from the selection including a number of Scottish premieres - is there one you can pick out as a personal favourite?

Always a tricky question, so many terrific titles are screening at DCA, from comic book adventure Diabolik to 60s political thriller Salvatore Giuliano. I've got a bit of a soft spot for Mario Martone's The King of Laughter, it's an elegant and hugely entertaining period piece built around an energetic performance from Toni Servillo (Gomorrah, Il Divo, The Great Beauty). He plays Eduardo Scarpetta, the pioneering Neapolitan actor and playwright and father of Eduardo, Peppino and Titina De Filippo, who themselves would become towering figures in 20th century Italian theatre and film.

"I've got a bit of a soft spot for Mario Martone's The King of Laughter..."

You're joining us to introduce The Hidden Child (Il Bambino Nascosto) on Tue 24 May. What can we expect from the film?

It's a superb character drama about a middle-aged piano teacher who's forced out of his self-imposed reclusion when he agrees to provide refuge for a 10-year-old boy with ties to local mafiosi. Director Roberto Andò adapts his own novel, and the two leads (Silvio Orlando as the teacher, Giuseppe Pirozzi as the boy) are utterly compelling.

"Director Roberto Andò adapts his own novel, and the two leads are utterly compelling."

For those new to Italian cinema, what other classic films would you recommend?

Again, far too many to choose! But just off the top of my head, there's Federico Fellini's classic about filmmaking 8 1/2 (1963), state-of-the-nation satire We All Loved Each Other So Much (Ettore Scola, 1974), identity swap thriller The Passenger (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1975), Lina Wertmüller's controversial, Oscar-nominated Seven Beauties (1975) and the Taviani brothers' epic episode film Kaos (1984).

Thank you Pasquale, we loved talking to you!


Book your tickets now - and remember, you can see any two films in our Italian Film Festival selection for just £10! Share your reviews and comments on social media using #helloDCA – we'd love to hear your thoughts.

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