INDIA. New Delhi. In order to mark the centenary celebrations of the great Italian master filmmaker Federico Fellini, numerous activities had been planned all around the world. Unfortunately, most of them had to be cancelled because of COVID-19.
However, the Italian Cultural Institute, New Delhi found a unique way of celebrating the great master with a conversation about him and his impact on Indian cinema between Italian media scholar Nico Psaltidis and Indian critic Murtaza Ali Khan.
Federico Fellini was born in Rimini one hundred years ago on 20th January, 1920. He went on to become one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of world cinema. During a career that spanned forty years, he won four Oscars for the films La strada, The Nights of Cabiria, 8½ and Amarcord, and one for lifetime achievement. He also won a Palme d’Or for the film La Dolce Vita and a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.
About Nico Psaltidis
Nico is an Italian cinephile, filmmaker and media scholar based in India and Italy. His work revolves around art-house and independent cinema and subcultures and labour in creative industries.
About Murtaza Ali Khan
Murtaza is a film critic and journalist based out of Delhi. He is the Films Editor at Café Dissensus (New York) and regularly contributes to publications like The Daily Guardian, The Hindu, The Sunday Guardian among others. He has also contributed to Newslaundry, The Huffington Post, The Quint and DailyO. Murtaza regularly appears as a guest panelist on various television channels and is also associated with radio. He teaches digital filmmaking to media students and regularly conducts workshops and seminars on film appreciation and screenwriting.
The full discussion can be watched on the YouTube channel of Istituto Italiano di Cultura New Delhi.