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Global Art50



Global Art50

Global Art50 is a special initiative for the University of Toronto Mississauga’s 50th anniversary featuring internationally-renowned Italian film actress, Nicoletta Braschi. This multi-day celebration recognizes the vibrancy and importance of the Department of Language Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga with a series of events.

NICOLETTA BRASCHI is an Italian actress and producer internationally best known for her work with her creative partner, director and actor Roberto Benigni. Both became household names in 1997 as a result of Benigni’s award-winning La vita è bella (Life is Beautiful), which also starred Dr. Braschi.

Born in Cesena, Italy, Dr. Braschi studied at Rome’s Academy of Dramatic Arts. A highly successful Italian actress and producer, Braschi boasts an extensive filmography. Her filmic debut (in 1983) would be alongside her husband, Roberto Benigni, in Tu Mi Turbi (You Upset Me, 1983). She later appeared in two Jim Jarmusch films, Down by Law (1986) and Mystery Train (1989).

Braschi has had several successful film collaborations with her husband, including Johnny Stecchino (1991), Il mostro (1994), and La vita è bella. For her role as Dora Orefice, in La vita è bella, she received a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild award.

Braschi has worked with a number of other esteemed directors such as Bernardo Bertolucci, Giuseppe Bertolucci, Marco Ferreri, Blake Edwards, Marco Tullio Giordana, and Francesca Comencini. In 1997, Braschi’s performance in Paolo Virzi’s Ovosodo earned her much praise from critics and audiences alike. A year later, she was awarded the David di Donatello Award for her role in this film. In 2002, she was a member of the jury at the Berlin Film Festival. In 2005, she starred in and produced La tigre e la neve (The Tiger and the Snow). In recent years, she has successfully taken to the stage Harold Pinter’s Betrayal and Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days.

The University of Toronto recognized Drs. Braschi and Benigni in 2015 with honorary degrees.


Saturday, October 14

Happy Days | Directed by Andrea Renzi

Isabel Bader Theatre, Victoria University
Doors open at 6PM | Show starts at 7PM

A one-night-only performance of Samuel Beckett's Giorni Felici (Happy Days) featuring Nicoletta Braschi and Andrea Renzi at the Isabel Bader Theatre. This show will be performed in Italian with English surtitles.

Register online by Friday, October 6, 2017. Tickets are complimentary and limited.

Monday, October 16

A Conversation with Nicoletta Braschi

University of Toronto Mississauga, Deerfield Hall 1060, 1 pm

An exclusive conversation with actress and producer Nicoletta Braschi, for drama students and all interested in performing arts.

Registration is complimentary and limited.

For more information contact: Joanna Szewczyk at

Register online

Monday, October 16


University of Toronto Mississauga, CCT 1080
Screening starts at 7pm

A film screening of the 2005 award-winning film Mi Piace Lavorare (Mobbing), starring Braschi

Tickets are complimentary and limited.

Register online

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Data: Da Sab 14 Ott 2017 a Lun 16 Ott 2017

Organizzato da : University of Toronto Mississauga; University of Toronto, Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies

In collaborazione con : ICSavings; Istituto Italiano di Cultura; Consolato Generale d'Italia; University of Toronto, The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies

Ingresso : Libero