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2016 Programme

Event #21

Giuseppe Cederna

On the other side of the sea

Da questa parte del mare – On this side of the sea is the name of a concept album on modern migration composed ten years ago by Gianmaria Testa, which was turned into a small and precious book written by the great songwriter the year before his death, this past March.  The pages of the book (Einaudi, 2009) will be voiced by Giuseppe Cederna, an actor and also a writer and a companion to Gianmaria through many adventures, bringing his words to life in front of the audience of Festival della Mente. Cederna reads from the book and tells its story, finding links, connections and improvising parentheses; while the voice of Gianmaria Testa will resound in all its depth, guiding us to rediscover the wonder of listening with our eyes closed, without the distraction of sight. A heartbreaking journey across songs and stories, on the migration of humans and on the the roots and meaning of “humanity”.


Giuseppe Cederna foto di Marco Caselli Nirmal
Giuseppe Cederna

is a film and theatre actor, a writer and traveller. He has appeared in various films, including La famiglia by E. Scola, Marrakesh Express and Mediterraneo by G. Salvatores, Italia-Germania 4-3 by A. Barzini, Il partigiano Johnny by G. Chiesa, El Alamein by E. Monteleone, Nine by R. Marshall, Maschi contro femmine and Femmine contro maschi by F. Brizzi. His theatrical performances include, Sogno di una notte d’estate, directed by G. Salvatores, Amadeus by P. Shaffer, directed by M. Missiroli, Il giardino dei ciliegi by A. Cechov, directed by G. Lavia, Il grande viaggio, taken from his book by the same name. In Il viaggiatore incantato he brings the story of his experiences and passion to the theatre. With Feltrinelli he has published Il grande viaggio (2004) and Piano americano (2011). With the publishing house Excelsior 1881 he has written Ticino, le voci del fiume: storie d’acqua e di terra (2009).

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Guido Tonelli

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Guido Tonelli

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Alessandro Barbero

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Giovanni Fabrizio Bignami

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Event #18

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Event #19

Massimiano Bucchi

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Event #20

Matteo Nucci, Valentina Carnelutti

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Event #21

Giuseppe Cederna

On the other side of the sea

Event #23

Alessandro Barbero

The space of war. The second Italian War of Independence

Event #24

Marco Balzano, Christian Raimo

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Piergiorgio Odifreddi

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Attilio Brilli

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Event #28

Gianpiero Dalla Zuanna

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Event #29

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Event #30

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Event #32

Marco Belpoliti

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Event #34

Giacomo Rizzolatti, Antonio Gnoli

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Gabriella Caramore

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Event #36

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Marco Martinelli

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Event #38

Paolo Rumiz, Alessandro Scillitani

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Event #39

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