Global Art50: featuring Nicoletta Braschi

NicolettaGlobal 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. 

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Nicoletta Braschi

Born in Cesena, Italy, Nicoletta Braschi studied at the Silvio D’Amico Academy of Dramatic Arts in Rome. A highly successful Italian actress and producer, Braschi boasts an impressive career in filmography and on stage.

Her cinematic debut took place in 1983 in You Upset Me. She later appeared in Il piccolo diavolo (1988, directed by Roberto Benigni) and in two Jim Jarmusch’s films, Down by Law (1986) and Mystery Train (1989).

Subsequent successful film collaborations with Benigni include Johnny Stecchino (1991), II mostro (1994), and the Oscar-winning Life Is Beautiful (1997). For her leading role as Dora Orefice in the latter, Braschi was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award and was awarded the Flaiano Prize for Cinematography.

She has also worked with renowned directors such as Giuseppe Bertolucci, in Secrets Secrets (1984) and in Especially on Sunday (1991); Marco Ferreri, in How Good the Whites Are (1988); Bernardo Bertolucci, in The Sheltering Sky (1990). Her filmography also includes roles in Blake Edwards’s Son of the Pink Panther (1993), Roberto Faenza’s Sostiene Pereira (1995, with Marcello Mastroianni), Marco Tullio Giordana’s Who Killed Pasolini? (1995), and Francesca Comencini’s I Like to Work (Mobbing) (2004). For her interpretation in the latter she received, by unanimous decision, the “Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar del Plata” Award as best actress in a leading role.

In 1997, Braschi’s performance in Paolo Virzi’s Ovosodo earned her the David di Donatello Award as best supporting actress.

In 2002, she became a member of the Berlin Film Festival jury. That same year, she produced and starred with Benigni in Pinocchio; then, in 2005, she again took on both roles for The Tiger and the Snow, in which she co-starred with Benigni.

Since 2007, she has toured Italy, bringing to stage Tradimenti (based on Harold Pinter’s Betrayal). Other remarkable theatrical interpretations include: Boris Vian’s Tutti al macello; Miguel Cervantes’s Novelle esemplari; Aldo Trionfo’s Bosco Shakespeariano; Strindberg’s Il sogno; Mendelssohn’s Sogno di una notte di mezza estate (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), under the musical direction of Maestro Claudio Abbado with the Maler Chamber Orchestra; Jordi Galceran’s Il metodo Grönholm; Massimiliano Virgilio, Antonella Anedda, and Igor Esposito’s Interno 3; and Samuel Beckett’s Giorni felici (Happy Days).

In 2005, Braschi was appointed Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic; in 2015 she received a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Law Honoris Causa from the University of Toronto; in 2016 she was the recipient of an Honorary Golden Globe.

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.

Online registration is now closed. Rush tickets will be available at the door starting at 6pm. 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. The movie is in Italian with English subtitles.

Tickets are complimentary and limited.

Register online


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Global Art50 is generously sponsored by:

Presenting Sponsor:

IC Savings

Leading sponsor:

University of Toronto Mississauga, Office of the Vice-Principal Academic and Dean

University of Toronto, Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies


Supporting sponsor:

University of Toronto, The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies

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Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 6:00pm - Monday, October 16, 2017 - 7:00pm
Various Locations