UCL Urban Laboratory


Film programme: Urban (R)existence in Italy

08 October 2013–22 October 2013, 6:30 pm–12:00 am


A programme of films presented by the Italian Cultural Institute and I Doc Italy in collaboration with UrbanLab Films exploring Italian cities from North to South: Venice, Rom, Naples and Palermo as you've never seen them before.

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UCL Urban Laboratory


Italian Cultural Institute in London
39 Belgrave Square
United Kingdom

Eschewing stereotypical and iconic representations of Italian cities, the selected documentaries portray original stories of the everyday urban resistance and existence of people living at the margins of the city landscapes. 

The series will begin with a special even on 1st October. An interdisciplinary workshop entitled 'Performative Urban (R)existence' will see academics, artists, architects and film makers discussing the role of artistic interventions in the urban space. 

All events are free. To book seats please email rsvp.london@esteri.it

Tuesday 1st October 6.30pm


F. Boni and G. de Finis (2012)

London Premiere + Q&A with directors

The visionary story of the occupants of an old abandoned factory in Rome, renamed Metropoliz, who decide to build a rocket and go live on the moon, the only place where a just and border-free world is still imaginable. 

Tuesday 8 October 6.30pm


Francesco Cavaliere (2012)

London Premiere + Q&A with director

Stories of civil resistance in Scampia, notorious suburban district of Naples, considered Europe's biggest drug market. Ordinary citizens in their daily struggles against organised crime, unemployment and social decay, fighting to make their neighbourhood a better place to live. 

Tuesday 15 October 8pm


Andreas Pichler (2012)

What remains of Venetian life: a subculture of tourist service industries; a port for monstrous cruisers, waiting to be expanded; Venetians who are moving to the mainland due to a lack of affordable apartments; a Requiem for a still grand city. 

Tuesday 22 October 6.30pm


Stefano Savona (2011)

London Premiere + Q&A with director

An everyday chronicle of the one-month occupation of the Palermo city hall by 20 families of homeless citizens. This portrait of a public institution under exceptional circumstances also inquires into the controversial and often ambiguous relations between citizens and their elected representatives.