One century ago, Federico Fellini was born. Between then and his death in 1993, he made some of the most notable movies in film history. 

Next week, the legendary Italian filmmaker’s life and works will be celebrated with a multitude of activities, from film screenings to a lithograph exhibition, at an upcoming 10-day film festival in Bangkok. 

When the sixth edition of the Italian Film Festival returns to Bangkok this Oct 16-25, it will be on a bigger scale to pay tribute to Fellini, one of the 20th century’s most iconic Italian filmmakers. On display will be lithographs by his spiritual American grandchild, David Lynch, creator of “Blue Velvet,” “Twin Peaks, and “Eraserhead.”

The program will show four Fellini works: surreal dramedy “8 ½,” Palme d’Or-winning “La Dolce Vita, his first color film “Juliet of the Spirits,” and “Intervista,” a pseudo-documentary on the filmmaker himself. 

Apart from Fellini’s works, the program will show seven other contemporary films made by Italians. The highlights include a deeply personal documentary on radical feminist and fashion model Benadetta, “The Disappearance of My Mother. It’s also a chance to catch the Thai premiere of 2020’s take on “Pinocchio,” in which Matteo Garrone’s puppeteering takes on the classic Italian fairy tale.

Beyond films, you can also catch “David Lynch’s Dream – A Tribute to Fellini,” in which American filmmaker David Lynch’s 11 original lithographs paying homage to the last scene of Fellini’s “8 ½” will be on display, as well as 12 drawings created by Fellini. 

The complete schedule is available online. The Italian Film Festival will be held at House Samyan. “David Lynch’s Dream – A Tribute to Fellini” will show Oct 15-Nov 9 at the same venue. 

House Samyan, 5/F, Samyan Mitrtown, Rama IV Rd.


This article first appeared on Coconuts Bangkok.