wednesday 26 february


(Il turno di notte lo fanno le stelle)

(dir Edoardo Ponti, Italy, 2012, 23 min, Italian w/English subtitles)

On the eve of their respective open-heart surgeries, Matteo and Sonia are linked by a passion for mountaineering and a promise to climb together in the Dolomites. Will their hearts survive the challenge? Written by Neapolitan novelist, poet and screenwriter Erri De Luca. Best narrative short, Tribeca Film Festival.



(Di là dal vetro)

(dir Andrea Di Bari, Italy, 2011, 18 min, Italian w/English subtitles)

A man confronts his mother’s postmemory of WWII in dreams and conversations deep in the night in his country home: “Taking back a piece of the past, forcing it to be here again—this is the motif of my stories” (screenwriter Erri De Luca).

Introduction by Jim Hicks, UMass. Co-sponsored by Italian Studies/LLC.

7:30pm UMass Amherst
137 Isenberg School of Management



“Invincible is not the one who always wins, but who, defeated and defeated, never stops standing up to fight again.” — Erri De Luca. [Facebook page]

Erri de Luca in Beyond the Glass

Erri De Luca in Di là dal vetro, witten by De Luca and directed by Andrea Di Bari. [Istituto Luce Cinecittà - Filmitalia]

Erri De Luca bio [view/hide]

Photo of Erri De LucaERRI DE LUCA was born in Naples, Italy, in 1950, and grew up in a middle-class family. Much of de Luca’s career has been spent in the manual trades throughout France, Africa, and Italy, where he drove trucks and worked as a laborer on construction projects. De Luca has also worked as a truck driver for humanitarian organizations in Bosnia. De Luca developed a love of books early in life, and read widely in his father’s collection. In adolescence, he became involved with a number of political organizations, and was the leader of the group Continuous Struggle in Rome during the 1970s. He later served as a volunteer in a number of humanitarian organizations in Africa, Bosnia, and elsewhere. He learned Hebrew so that he could read the scripture in its original language. He later translated several books of the Old Testament into Italian. He has been honored with numerous literary awards, most recently the European Prize for Literature, and in 2003, De Luca was a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival.

VIDEO: The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars trailer [view/hide]
VIDEO: Beyond the Glass trailer [view/hide]
Jim Hicks bio [view/hide]

JIM HICKS is Director of the Program in Comparative Literature at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Executive Editor of the Massachusetts Review. He is the author of Lessons from Sarajevo: A War Stories Primer, published in 2013 by the University of Massachusetts Press. In addition to the screenplays for The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars and The Human Condition, he has translated Erri De Luca’s The Crime of a Soldier and The Story of Irene, as well as works by Italo Calvino, Ananda Devi, Semezdin Mehmedinović, Juan José Saer, and Antonio Tabucchi.