David Lynch meets Fellini at Italian Film Fest in Bangkok

A scene from ‘La Dolce Vita’
A scene from ‘La Dolce Vita’

One century ago, Federico Fellini was born. Between then and his death in 1993, he made some of the most notable movies in film history.

Next week, the legendary Italian filmmaker’s life and works will be celebrated with a multitude of activities from film screenings to a lithograph exhibition at an upcoming 10-day film festival in Bangkok. 

When the sixth edition of Italian Film Festival returns to Bangkok next week, it will be on a bigger scale to pay tribute to Fellini, one of the most iconic Italian filmmakers of the 20th century. On display will be lithographs by his spiritual American grandchild, David Lynch, creator of Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks and Eraserhead.

The program will show four Fellini works: surreal dramedy 8 ½, Palme d’Or-winning La Dolce Vita, his first color film Juliet of the Spirits and Intervista, a pseudo-documentary on the filmmaker himself. 

Born Jan. 20, 1920; Fellini began his creative career as a radio script writer before he became well-known for his distinctive style blending memory, dream and fantasy. His name is synonymous with the golden age of European cinema. He made films for four decades before dying in Rome on Oct. 31, 1993.

Apart from Fellini’s works, the program will show seven other contemporary films made by Italians. The highlights include deeply personal documentary on radical feminist and fashion model Benadetta, The Disappearance of My Mother. It’s a chance to catch the Thai premiere of 2020’s take on Pinocchio, in which Matteo Garrone’s puppeteering takes on the classic Italian fairy tale.

Further than the film festival will see David Lynch’s Dream – A tribute to Fellini where American filmmaker David Lynch’s 11 original lithographs that pays homage to the last scene of Fellini’s 8 ½ will be on display, as well as 12 drawings created by Fellini. 

A lithograph created by David Lynch to pay homage to Fellini’s 8 ½.
A lithograph created by David Lynch to pay homage to Fellini’s 8 ½.

The complete schedule is available online. The Italian Film Festival will run Oct. 16 to Oct. 25 at House Samyan. David Lynch’s Dream – A Tribute to Fellini will show Oct. 15 through Nov. 9 at the same venue. 

The indie cinema is located on the fifth floor of the Samyan Mitrtown shopping mall on Rama IV Road. It can be reached via a very fun tunnel from MRT Samyan. 

Italian Film Festival Bangkok
Oct. 16 – Oct. 25
House Samyan
5th floor, Samyan Mitrtown, Rama IV Road
MRT Sam Yan

David Lynch’s Dream – A tribute to Fellini
Oct. 15 – Nov. 9
House Samyan
5th floor, Samyan Mitrtown, Rama IV Road
MRT Sam Yan


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