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Light House Cinema, Artdigiland and Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Dublin present:

Luca Bigazzi, director of photography of THE GREAT BEAUTY in Dublin:

Book presentation and film projection
at the Light House Cinema 

Saturday October 25, 2014
Light House Dublin, h: 14.00

Tickets are €15 and available through the Light House box office. 

the book:
Alberto Spadafora (ed. by)
Told by Director of Photography Luca Bigazzi

Artdigiland, Dublin, 2014
ISBN: 978-1502465870
pp.    90, B/N, 35 images  

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Light House Cinema, Artdigiland and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura are proud to host an afternoon with the celebrated Italian cinematographer Luca Bigazzi. The event begins at 2 PM on Saturday October 25th with a Q&A hosted followed by a screening of his Academy Award-winning film, THE GREAT BEAUTY.

Mr Bigazzi will also be signing copies of the book “The Great Beauty: Told by Director of Photography Luca Bigazzi” that has been published for the first time in English by Artdigiland. 

In this book-interview – edited by the photographer and film critic Alberto Spadafora – Bigazzi explains his work using the camera and light and describes Sorrentino’s work methods. He also discusses the ethical and political issues in this harsh portrayal of Italy. 

Luca Bigazzi is one of Italy’s most sought-after and acclaimed cinematographers, known most recently for his collaborations with Paolo Sorrentino on such films as IL DIVO, THIS MUST BE THE PLACE, and THE GREAT BEAUTY. His work has been recognised in Italy with seven David di Donatello Awards for Best Cinematography, with a total of fourteen nominations. Other directors he has worked with include Mario Martone, Gianni Amelio, Francesca Archibugi, Silvio Soldini, and Abbas Kiarostami. 

Following the public interview there will be a screening of THE GREAT BEAUTY which is one of Bigazzi’s most celebrated works and the most recent in a long-time collaboration with director Paolo Sorrentino.

«A shimmering coup de cinema. Rossellini covered the Nazi occupation of 1944. Fellini the seductive, empty hedonism of the years that followed. Sorrentino’s plan is to do the same for the Berlusconi era»
Robbie Collin, «The Telegraph», november 1, 2013

«The year’s grandest, most exhilarating foreign film»
Richard Corliss, «Time», november 15, 2013

«One of Italy’s most impressive contemporary filmmakers, Sorrentino has a superb sense of how to fill a wide screen and, working with his longtime cinematographer Luca Bigazzi, a wizard with camera movement, his visuals display the intoxicating richness of color 35-millimeter film in a way few contemporary ventures can match»
Kenneth Turan, « Los Angeles Times», November 21, 2013


Alberto Spadafora (1977) is film critic and photographer educated in Turin, Antwerp, London, Rome. Over the years he has joined Museo Nazionale del Cinema in Turin, Lindau publishing company (Turin), Magnum Photos agency (Paris), Cineteca di Bologna and Mc & Saatchi agency (London). He is now review contributor to «Segnocinema», «Cineforum» and «Cineforum Web». He also wrote for «Fellini Amarcord. Rivista di studi felliniani» (Rimini), «The Scenographer» (London), «Moviement» (Taranto). His first book is titled In cielo, in terra. Terrence Malick e Steven Spielberg (ed. Bietti publ., 2012).

Light House Cinema is an independent cinema committed to programming the best Irish and international films. With an eclectic mix of feature films, shorts, classics, foreign language, animated films, documentaries, special events and festivals, the Light House has developed a reputation for responding to the demands of its audience, programming a broad range of multidisciplinary art forms, streaming live events from international cultural innovators such as the Metropolitan Opera, The Berlin Philharmonic, the National Theatre, and the Royal Shakespeare Co., to name but a few. For more information on the exciting things going on at the Light House, check out

The Italian Institutes of Culture acts as an image of Italy and as a useful source of information on the Italian system. It is the driving force behind an array of cultural initiatives and cooperation. It is the fundamental reference point for the Italian community abroad and centre of the growing demand for Italian culture around the world.

Artdigiland is a multimedia and multilingual publishing project which aims to spread the word of artists. Books are available on-line, in hard copy or as an e-book, from and the European Amazon websites. In addition to books, the publishing service provides exlcusive video interviews through digital publishing and broadcasting. An interview with Luca Bigazzi, recorded in HD video, is available on the website.