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Screening: Girlfriend in a Coma + Q&A

  • Jan 11, 2013 · 6:45 PM
  • This location is shown only to members

Exploring the past 20 years of Italy’s history, the film "Girlfriend in a Coma" argues that the current economic predicament in which Italy finds itself is part of a wider political, social and moral failure.

Writers Annalisa Piras and Bill Emmott, former editor-in-chief of the Economist, try and unravel both “Mala Italia” and “Buona Italia” – and ask what needs to change to put Italy back on track and restore its credibility as one of Europe’s “highly-touted emerging economies”.

Blending animation and interviews with experts that include Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti; philosopher and novelist Umberto Eco and author of Gomorrah Roberto Saviano, Girlfriend in a Coma is a fusion of “Michael Moore, Adam Smith, Bunga Bunga with a dash of Dante”.

Followed by a Q&A with director Annalisa Piras and Bill Emmott, former editor-in-chief of the Economist and author of Good Italy, Bad Italy: Why Italy Must Conquer Its Demons to Face the Future.

Directed by Annalisa Piras
Written by: Annalisa Piras and Bill Emmott
Duration: 100′
Year: 2012

The London European Club doesn't charge for hosting this event, but you need to buy your ticket from the Frontline Club if you want to see the movie and attend the Q&A session. The ticket costs £10 and you need to purchase it BEFORE you attend the event via this link http://frontlineclub.bookinglive.com/home/events-and-screenings/Screening-Girlfriend-in-a-Coma

We will go for a discussion over drinks at the Frontline Club bar on the first floor after the Q&A session.

London European Club has a "no show" policy which applies to every event including this one. This is because all organisers are busy individuals who volunteer their time and don't want to waste it on people who don't show up at events. Do not become a "former member" please RSVP accurately.

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  • Teresa

    Stimulating evening and interesting company! The variety and quality of opinions that came out in the after-screening discussions was enriching.

    January 14, 2013

  • maria

    I've found the documentary painfully truthful. An uncomfortable reminder that the responsibility of Italy's fate lies not just on the politicians but on each of us.

    1 · January 12, 2013

  • Antonella

    Good film but I wonder what foreigners might think after watching it... Italy is not hell and clearly nobody wants this to be the end!
    The chat after the film was nice and pleasant.
    Thanks to Maya for organinsing!

    January 12, 2013

  • Milena

    Very good documentary, curious of the reaction when they screen it in Italy!

    January 12, 2013

  • Seamus

    They should screen this film to Italian teenagers at school - it might encorage them to take an interest in politics and start the second renaissance which is bond to arrive sooner or later. Perhaps things will need to get worse before they start to get better.

    January 12, 2013

  • Martin

    Good film, although mainly summing up what we already knew but still thought-provoking and even shocking at moments. I liked the balanced approach to what the future might hold for the country and let's hope it's not THE END yet.

    January 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was an interesting film and was great to see the director afterwards. However, I didn't find anyone from the European Club so didn't get to meet anyone. I think it would be a good idea for someone to have a sign maybe at the start so newbies know who to go to! Other than that, good! :)

    January 12, 2013

    • Maja

      Such a shame, did you come to the bar after the talk? We stayed there until midnight. I was waiting in front of the bar and was asking people if they are from the European Club. I hope to meet you soon.

      January 12, 2013

  • Ankit M.

    Excellent stuff! Nice cenue and fascinating subject matter

    January 12, 2013

  • Maja

    Excellent and not just because I suggested it but also because it prompted one of the most stimulating discussions I've had this year. I know it is just the start of the year but never the less it is good to have your brain challeneged after a long break.

    January 12, 2013

  • Clare C.

    Hi there. Due to ill health, I won't be able to attend. I have a ticket however I need to know if there is a waiting list for places as the person who has been waiting longest should get the ticket. Please advise. Many thanks.

    January 10, 2013

    • Clare C.

      Hi Samir. Yes, you can have my ticket. You don't need to pay me as this ticket would have gone to waste if no one had answered. Please send me your e-mail address (my e-mail is [masked]) and I will scan you a copy of the ticket. The Frontline Club say it is OK to exchange.

      January 11, 2013

    • Clare C.

      Hope your arms gets better

      January 11, 2013

  • Maja

    anyone who needs a spare ticket should contact Clare Corcoran via this web site.

    January 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll pop along on the evening and if anyone has a spare ticket on the night I'm happy to make good on it..

    January 10, 2013

  • Aleksandra

    If someone cannot come to the event, please do let me know. I would be happy to buy a ticket from you. Thanks!

    January 8, 2013

  • Maja

    And once again, NO POINT IN RSVPing if you don't have a ticket and they are sold out!

    January 6, 2013

  • Maja

    Europeans, no point in RSVPing for this event if you don't have a ticket. You can check directly with the Frontline Club if there are any tickets on the day.

    January 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey guys. One more buyer:) Even at a premium if you like... My email is [masked]. Thanks.

    January 5, 2013

  • Ankit M.

    Interesting article about Italy's politics:

    http://www.theglobalist.com/storyid.aspx?storyid=9859

    January 4, 2013

  • Teresa

    Hi everybody,
    I'm another one who would buy a thicket from people who may change their mind.
    Thanks

    January 2, 2013

  • cynthia

    the same, if you cannot make it please email me [masked]
    thanks in advance

    December 29, 2012

  • Maja

    And I find comfort that a country like Italy can be an EU member...I also like animations in a political context...

    December 13, 2012

  • Reda

    Amazing find Maja! Let me add a famous quote then :-)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv1QDlWbS8g

    1 · December 10, 2012

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