EUFF 2017: Italy – Leopardi

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EUFF 2017: Italy – Leopardi

November 28, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Mario Martone • Italy • 2014 • 143 min
Italian with English Subtitles

Hailed as the finest Italian writer since Dante and often compared to the English Romantic poets Keats and Shelley, Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837) lived an extraordinary life. Martone’s handsome biopic charts his tumultuous life, from the son of Italian nobility being groomed for the priesthood, to his rebellion against his family’s plans for him. A lover of books and language, he resolves to be a poet, and begins to write incessantly. His poetry and inquisitive, restless spirit soon carries him to Rome and Florence, in and out of love, and to a dramatic confrontation with mortality. Leopardi is an absorbing dramatic portrait of Italy’s greatest 19th century poet.


Founded in 1984, the European Union Film Festival (EUFF) is an annual showcase of the best of contemporary cinema produced in the European Union. Over the span of nearly three weeks, the Canadian Film Institute brings Ottawa audiences a wide selection of award-winning films from the Festival circuit, never-before-seen in the capital city.

Experience the drama, comedy, tragedy, and passion of the moving image from across the Atlantic alongside film fans, academics, students, and local expatriate communities. Five-film Passports for CFI members, and special prices for members, seniors, and students are made available. This prestigious event is presented in collaboration with the European Union Member States and the Delegation of the European Union to Canada.

Join us at the National Gallery of Canada for our 2017 edition.

We thank our partners in this important cultural event: the European Union Delegation to Canada, the participating EU Member States, and the National Gallery of Canada.


November 28, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm


European Union Film Festival – Ottawa
National Gallery of Canada
Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4 Canada