General Program

From the large street party on his birthday to tributes from great masters

Rimini is getting ready to celebrate Federico Fellini’s birthday with the event “Fellini 100. A year-long birthday”, a packed calendar of events that will be held throughout 2020. It all started on 14 December with the inauguration of the exhibition Fellini 100. Immortal Genius at Castel Sismondo, and this will culminate in its most important events in the week from 17 to 31 January, before concluding at the end of this year with the inauguration of the International Museum dedicated to him.

The celebrations for the director’s centenary will be including numerous events to be held on the days before and after 20 January 2020. On the bill are two important concerts by leading international musicians, Ezio Bosso and Vince Tempera; a theatrical reading by great author Daniel Pennac; a conversation on Fellini’s cinema, with directors Marco Bellocchio and Marco Tullio Giordana, together with Gianluca Farinelli from the Cineteca di Bologna and moderator, Francesca Fabbri Fellini. A performance by clown/tightrope walker Kai Leclerc together with aerial dancer Elisa Barucchieri, and the cutting of the monumental Cake of Dreams by master pastry chef Rinaldini, which will be taking place on Fellini’s actual birthday, 20 January in Piazza Cavour. Then there will be an exhibition within an exhibition, with a show of previously unseen photographs from the set of La Strada. Throughout the celebrations for Fellini’s centenary, a work by Vittorio D'Augusta will pay tribute to the great director inside the Galli Theatre.

As an exceptional backdrop to these lengthy celebrations, a whole city will be dressed up to the nines, with bright lights to honour Fellini in the form of lit phrases and images from his films. Phrases from his scripts will accompany visitors on the walk between Piazza Cavour, the Galli Theatre, Castel Sismondo, Corso d’Augusto, and the Fulgor Cinema, the different locations for the celebratory events.

From 17 January, the piece "Ex Voto P.G.N.R.", a hanging plaster and wood Madonna, the evocation of Christ hanging from a helicopter in the memorable opening sequence of the Dolce Vita, will be Vittorio D'Augusta’s homage to Federico Fellini, inside the Galli Theatre (Poletti Room). Also on 17 January (6 pm admission free) Roberto Chiesi, Jonathan Giustini and Gianfranco Miro Gori will be at the Fulgor cinema to present the book FELLINI INEDITO by Jonathan Giustini (Interno4 edizioni): 65 photographs from work on The Nights of Cabiria.

From Saturday 18 January, an exhibition within the exhibition will add to the first multimedia exhibition dedicated to Fellini. The rooms of Castel Sismondo, which will be hosting the exhibition ‘Fellini 100. Immortal Genius’ until 15 March, will, from 18 January offer visitors the chance to admire in its ‘Fellini open lab’ section, unpublished photographs from the set of La Strada, from the collection of Mauro Penzo, curated by Claudio Ballestrcci (

From 3 to 5 April, Rimini film festival, the “Seventh Art – Cinema and Industry” will be taking place with three days of events, all free and open to the public, including masterclasses, screenings, previews, exhibitions and readings, all aiming to celebrate film as a productive/professional process. Early information will be provided at Fellini’s birthday celebrations, at a meeting to be held at the Fulgor cinema at 11 am on 21 January, with Andrea Gnassi, Mayor of Rimini, Paolo Maggioli President of Confindustria Romagna, Roy Menarini Artistic Director of La Settima Arte – Cinema e Industria and Lecturer in "Cinema and Cultural Industry” at the University of Bologna, and Elena Zanni Manager of the Fulgor cinema.

Saturday 25 January, the Fulgor cinema will be hosting (4 pm, admission free) Snaporaz, il viaggio, a meeting 40 years on from the release of the film City of Women, with Paolo Fabbri and Rosita Copioli, moderator, Marco Bertozzi.

Sunday 26 the Fulgor cinema will be screening "The White Sheik", Fellini’s first film as director and one that anticipates the themes, situations, and motifs of the director’s later works: his taste for caricature, autobiographism, the myth of actors on the margins of mainstream showbusiness, metalinguistic reflections.

Friday 31, also at the Fulgor cinema, "Fellini fine mai" by Eugenio Cappuccio, a documentary presented at the last Venice film festival, using material from the vast television repertoire belonging to Italian national TV, RAI and enriched with numerous original accounts from people who worked with Fellini.

The exhibition is set up in Castel Sismondo, part of the future Fellini Museum site. With an innovative impressive setting, the exhibition hinges on three thematic areas:

  • The first tells the history of Italy: starting from the 1920s - 1930s, the post-war period, and ending in the 1980s through the imagery of Fellini's movies.
  • The second area is dedicated to the stories by Fellini’s travel mates: both real and imaginary ones, collaborators and others.
  • Finally, in the third area, the permanent project of the International Federico Fellini Museum will be presented.