This month CinemaItaliaUK celebrates Italian tennis, with Domenico Procacci’s docufilm The Team (Una Squadra). Screening on Sunday 25 February at 5 pm at Riverside Studios, The Team follows the formidable players Paolo Bertolucci, Adriano Panatta, Tonino Zugarelli, and Corrado Barazzutti, and their captain Nicola Pietrangeli, when in 1976 they won the prestigious Davis Cup for the first time, in Santiago de Chile. Carrying the spirit of classic Italian comedy with true flair, this genius tennis documentary makes clever use of archive footage, photos, and newspaper cuttings to offer a glimpse into the clashing personalities of these five remarkable protagonists, whilst telling the broader tale of Italian and international politics of those complex years Domenico Procacci is the founder of Fandango, one of Italy’s most innovative independent production companies. He is the name behind over a hundred titles, and his past credits include Paolo Sorrentino’s The Consequences of Love, Matteo Garrone’sGomorrah, and the TV series My Brilliant Friend. A keen tennis player himself, he makes his directorial debut with this glorious docufilm, which is at once nostalgic, incredibly funny, and simply a must for both sports and non-sports fans alike.

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The British-Italian Society and the Society for Italian Studies have announced the latest winners of the biennial BIS Prizes.

The winner of the 2021 Postgraduate Prize (£500) is Dr Claudia Dellacasa of Durham University for her thesis, Italo Calvino in Japan, Japan in Italo Calvino: A Cross-Cultural Encounter.

The 2021 Undergraduate Prize (£250) was awarded to Freya Cazalet of Cambridge University for her dissertation, The Sleeping Guards: Depictions of the Resurrection in Trecento Italy.

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the competition again attracted a large number of entries from students at British and Irish Universities on a wide range of Italian cultural themes. The judges strongly commended the winners for producing highly innovative and impressive pieces of work.

The judges also awarded joint runner-up prizes to two candidates in each category. In both cases, two candidates had scored similar high marks for impressive entries. In the Postgraduate category the runner-up award was shared between Dr Anna Lisa Somma of Birmingham University and Dr Maddalena Moretti of Leeds University.

At Undergraduate level, the runner-up prize was shared between Isabelle Ragnetti of King’s College, London and Ella Powell of Birmingham University.

Our warmest congratulations go to all the prize-winners, who also receive one year’s honorary membership of the Society.
We look forward to welcoming them to an event in 2022!