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Tony Nardi and Letter Two at the Italian Contemporary Film Festival

The multi-faceted and multi-award winning Tony Nardi, a Canadian actor, playwright, director, producer and four-time Genie Award Nominee will be screening his film Letter Two at the Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF) on June 30th at 2pm at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2. This is a free event.

TwoLettersFilmLetter Two challenges misconceptions about the commedia dell’arte by present-day theatre critics and directors. It explores a history of an ‘actor-less’ theatre culture in Canada at the hands of a ‘director’s theatre’, in which, increasingly, a tradition of over-trained actors and under-trained directors is encouraged.

The ICFF is a Festival that takes place during Canada and Ontario’s “Italian Heritage month”. As the only Italian Film Festival in Canada, ICFF will be an influential showcase for contemporary cinema of Italian origin from all over the world and will bring together filmmakers and audiences to celebrate Italian heritage cinema and explore its new frontiers. ICFF will be 11 days of cinematic experiences centered on Italian life, culture and history.

twolettersTWO LETTERS …And Counting!, published by Guernica Spring 2013, is based on two actual letters sent to “middle-men” of the Canadian cultural scene: a film/television producer and two theatre critics. Letter One articulates an actor/writer’s struggle with cultural stereotypes in Canadian theatre/film/TV. Letter Two challenges misconceptions about commedia dell’arte by present-day theatre critics and directors. It explores a history of an ‘actor-less’ theatre culture in Canada at the hands of ‘director’s theatre’, in which, increasingly, a tradition of over-trained actors and under-trained directors is encouraged. “… And Counting!” (Letter Three) is a postmortem of Two Letters, and a journey into the present state of theatre, culture (and funding).

The film will be followed by a Q & A with director Tony Nardi and a chance to purchase a copy of the book. Don’t miss this astounding film on such an important topic, and don’t forget to pick up your copy of TWO LETTERS …And Counting!

To view a trailer of the film, click here.

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