Sunday, December 19, 2010

Tourin' Turin.

A few weekends ago, my Contemporary Cinema class headed out to the twenty-eighth annual Torino Film Festival. Torino - known to us Americans as Turin, for whatever reason - hosted the 2006 Winter Olympics and is also home to il Duomo di Torino where the Shroud of Turin is kept. It's a bustling European city - like Paris or Barcelona with less crowds - and it is absolutely beautiful, even in the freezing weather.

A view of the Alps from our train!

Piazza San Carlo - la piazza più bella di Torino.

The group!

On the left is il Duomo di Torino.

One of our first stops was il Museo Nazionale del Cinema - the International Museum of Cinema. It is an incredibly awesome place. It is a huuuge building that also has a lookout installed up top! So we went up there to take in the city. It was by far one of the greatest experiences I had abroad.

I can't get over these Alps!!

Wayyy too gorgeous.

Then we headed back down into the beautiful museum.

I feel like being able to attend an international film festival is sort of a big deal. In a matter of two days, my class managed to watch seven films. It was a whole lot of sitting and also a lot of enjoyment :]

Official pass. Too legit to quit.

The hub of the Film Festival!

One of its several theatres.

The director and cast of the Italian film "Henry," the winner of the Audience Award.

We had originally planned to see more films the next day, but there were none playing at convenient times. So, we were able to go to La Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea - the Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, which was pretty cool.

We got home Sunday night and were back in class Monday morning. It was a nice little respite from schoolwork - such a great weekend!

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