Narnia. Le vie del cinema 2022: the restored film festival returns from August 1 to 6

From 1 to 6 August 2022, the town of Narni (TR) will host the 28th edition of Narnia. The streets of the cinemaRestored Cinema Review, directed by Giuliano Montaldo and Alberto Crespi and organized on the initiative of the municipality of Narni in collaboration with the Fondazione Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – Cineteca Nazionale and with the International School of Comics in Rome.

Pasqualino Settebellezze: a scene with Giancarlo Giannini

THE RECOVERED BIOGRAPHER IS THE PROTAGONIST. This edition will also feature a rich selection of newly renewed films, screened every evening from 21.00 on the big screen set up in the public park “Bruno Donatelli” in Narni, with free admission.

Narnia. Le vie del cinema is now the “dean” of festivals dedicated to the memory of the cinema: it started showing restored films long before the major world festivals (Cannes, Berlin, Venice) also opened sections of “Classics”. The restored cinema is art, science, history, memory. Also this year, Narni will synthesize these disciplines by offering the public restored classics of Italian cinema. It is a way of keeping alive the memory of an art – the cinematic – which has made Italy a role model for all the world’s cinemas.

The list of selected films begins with Per grace received by Nino Manfredi: a film by the famous Roman actor and director, for which he received the award for best first film in 1971 at Cannes. The film will be introduced by the actor Francesco Montanari (Criminal novel – Series, The Hunter) and by Andrea Ciaffaroni, author of the biography “In search of Nino Manfredi”, published in 2021 by the publisher Sagoma. It continues with Mario Monicelli’s Caro Michele: the film is based on the 1973 novel by Natalia Ginzburg and tells the story of an ex-husband from 1968 exiled to London. The film gave Mariangela Melato David di Donatello and Nastro d’Argento for Best Actress. Dear Michele will be presented to the public by the writer and journalist Sandra Petrignani, author of the biographical essay La corsara. Portrait of Natalia Ginzburg. on August 3, the director and screenwriter Gianni Amelio (Hammamet) will take the stage of Le vie del Cinema to present Pasqualino Settebellezze by Lina Wertmüller: it will be an opportunity to (re)see one of the great director’s films, where Giancarlo Giannini plays one of his most famous roles. With Come to take coffee with us we have the opportunity to rediscover one of Alberto Lattuada’s best films, based on the novel “La spartizione” by Piero Chiara, whose cast consists of, among others, Ugo Tognazzi, Francesca Romana Coluzzi and Milena Vukotic, who comes in person to present the film. On August 5, it’s the turn of Federico Fellini’s I clowns, a TV documentary by the famous director, in which the figure of the clown is analyzed, even from a historical point of view, throughout Europe. Featured will be Liana Orfei, who also appears in the documentary as part of the famous circus dynasty of international fame. The review ends with Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Mamma Roma in his recent digital restoration (4K) made on the occasion of the Pasolini centenary: a way to rediscover a great classic of Italian cinema starring the timeless Anna Magnani.

Pasqualino Settebellezze, By Grace Received, Dear Michele and Mamma Roma are restorations by CSC – Cineteca Nazionale in collaboration with RTI – Mediaset; Come and have coffee with us is a restoration curated by CSC – Cineteca Nazionale in collaboration with Minerva Pictures; I clowns is a restoration curated by CSC – Cineteca Nazionale, Cinecittà Luce, Cineteca di Bologna as part of the Fellini 100 project.

THE ANIMATED CINEMA REVIEW IS BACK FOR THE KIDS. The review, in parallel with the classic selection of restored films, will offer a selection of animated films dedicated to children every night on the big screen from 21.00 in a side wing of the public park “Donatelli”. Will be suggested: Basil, the investigator by Ron Clements,

John Musker, David Michener and Burny Mattinson; Don Bluth’s Fievel Comes to America; Don Paul and Eric Bergeron’s Road to Eldorado; Don Bluth’s Brisby and the Secret of Nimh; Totò Sapore and the magical story of Maurizio Forestieri’s pizza; A Bug’s Life – Megaminimondo by John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton (co-director).


From this year, the collaboration between the International School of Comics of Rome and the Le Vie del Cinema review starts.

The International School of Comics, an industry leader in graphic and visual arts training, offers its students and alumni training activities every year that allow them to deal with projects for external clients. For boys and girls, these are important experiences of personal and professional growth, which the school attaches particular importance to.

With this goal, the idea of ​​collaborating with Le Vie del Cinema was born, an event that since 1995 has sought to improve cinema and raise public awareness of the use of films that have created the history of Italian cinema, proposed in a restored version .

The involvement in this project concerned the third-year classes on the Illustration and Graphic Design courses, who, under the coordination of the responsible teachers Sandro Mattioli and Franco Marconi, prepared the event’s communication strategy.

The boys and girls worked together to create the exhibition’s new graphic design and produced a range of related materials that will be used to promote the event and enrich its visual layout.

The final result includes a series of original illustrations, from the artistic renderings of the posters for the 6 films in the program to the portraits of the directors and the director, which will be exhibited in the place where the event takes place, and coordinated graphic material, created to impact and effective communication.

The works produced by the students of the comic school will also flow into the official catalog of Le Vie del Cinema, which is proposed annually to document the event.

It is therefore an important opportunity for aspiring designers, artists and performers to propose their professionalism, gain real experience in the field and showcase their talent.

The expressive languages ​​of cinema, drawing and design come together for a unique project which has the advantage of investing in the creativity of young professionals who connect their training with the history of great Italian cinema.


Bonifacio Pontonio – Boni, to the many friends and admirers of his works as a visual artist and graphic designer – was born in 1948 in San Marco in Lamis, in the province of Foggia. He soon leaves Puglia and indulges in a natural urge for research and a curious spirit that has never left him and which he passes on to generations of new professionals in the field of visual communication.

He debuted in the world of comics in the late 60s with Supergulp and Play Comix, shoulder to shoulder with Franco Bonvicini (Bonvi) and Guido De Maria. In 1979 he designed Il Giornale del Sud, the first color newspaper in Italy, directed by Giuseppe Fava. Later he devoted himself exclusively to graphic design and the design of visual identity systems for large companies and institutions.

One of the most important professionals in this field, he lives and works in Milan, Paris and Rome. He is trusted by companies and organizations such as the press agency Ansa (whose image he created and edited for three decades), Eni, Confindustria, Alitalia, Rai, Engineering, Paysages Possibles. His passion for cinema and his interest in social communication led him to Narni, where since 1999 he has designed the image of Le vie del cinema for the municipality, a review of the restored film directed by Giuliano Montaldo and Alberto Crespi.

His didactic activity is intense in higher education centers such as IED / European Institute of Design, Enrico Cogno Communication Studies Center, Faculty of Architecture at La Sapienza University. This is how Stefano Cipolla, a former student and today art director of the weekly magazine L’Espresso, remembers: “He loved all his students as if they were a single unit that grew from year to year, from decade to decade, and he gave himself to them without reservation. rigor and professional seriousness: everything had to be designed in the best possible way, whether it was a calendar, a logo or a magazine. fundamental and essential part of its nature.”

For years he photographed streets, suburbs, buses and subways, books and bookstores, monitors, mismatched shoes and objects brought from the sea. Boni is an artist of visual communication, engaged between intuition and design, measurement and experimentation, humanity and nature. For him, photography is also a critical look and social commitment. The images of a Leica or a Canon must speak of a world that is changing rapidly, between contradictions, confusion and the hope of not being betrayed, especially when it is colored with generosity and utopia. Boni is a searching artist, he reads a lot, especially the works of naturalists, philosophers and artists. His works of recent years “shout” with strong colors and are inspired by Chroma, “the wonderful book – recalls Boni – written by Derek Jarman in Dungeness, a stone’s throw from a nuclear power plant.”

In 2020 he moves with all his visual history to Narni, the place he loves and welcomes him with love. He died in Perugia on 26 February 2022.
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