TORONTO — It will be la dolce vita for Fellini-philes at the Toronto Film Festival, which will host the North American preem of Fellini: Spectacular Obsession, an exhibition exploring the creative process of the Italian director, from June 30 to Sept. 18 at its Bell Lightbox headquarters.
Lightbox artistic director Noah Cowan will curate an accompanying film program featuring contributions from 10 industryites, including helmer Atom Egoyan and multihyphenate Isabella Rossellini.
“This exhibition takes us through the different ways in which the great Italian director made work that continues to inform popular culture today,” Cowan said. “From the paparazzi to celebrity reality TV, from HBO’s ‘Rome’ to MTV’s ‘Spring Break,’ they all owe a debt to Il Maestro Fellini.”
Curated by Musee de l’Elysee director Sam Stourdze and produced by NBC Photography, Fellini: Spectacular Obsession preemed in Paris in 2009 and was presented in Bologna last year.
The Toronto exhibition is organized by Cowan with support from Cineteca di Bologna and production designers Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo.
A companion exhibition, La Dolce Vita Years — organized by Turin’s Museo Nazionale del Cinema last year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fellini’s most famous film — will open at the Lightbox and Toronto’s Italian cultural hub, the Columbus Center. Full details will be announced in coming weeks.