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“FARE CINEMA” SERIES 2024 – Screening of film “Zucchero Sugar Fornaciari” by de Stefano/Zanella (2023) ITA SUB ENG


Wednesday 12 June 2024 at 6.30pm – Italian Institute of Culture, Pavilion Hall

This documentary (2023, 100’), directed by Giangiacomo de Stefano and Valentina Zanella, tells the story of the extraordinary artist Adelmo “Zucchero” Fornaciari, through his own words and those of his colleagues and friends such as Bono, Sting, Brian May, Paul Young, Andrea Bocelli, Salmo, Francesco Guccini, Francesco De Gregori, Roberto Baggio, Jack Savoretti, Don Was, Randy Jackson and Corrado Rustici.

A journey of the soul, which shows images from Zucchero’s private archive and the “World Wild Tour”, his last triumphal world tour, going beyond the portrait of a successful musician and delving into the doubts and fragilities of the man.

Previewed on 21st October 2023 at the 2023 Rome Film Festival, it was screened in cinemas from 23rd to 25th October 2023.

Watch the trailer here. 

The film will be screened in Italian with English subtitles.

Free entry, booking required on Eventbrite or on this page.



Giangiacomo de Stefano is famous for his participation in L’Aviatore – Gilles Villeneuve (2022), At the Matinée (2019), and Sugar – Zucchero Fornaciari (2023).

Valentina Zanella is known as a screenwriter and producer. She is famous for her work on Letters to Juliet (2010), L’Invenzione di Noi Due, and Si muore solo da vivi (2020).


Zucchero Fornaciari, pseudonym of Adelmo Fornaciari (Reggio Emilia, September 25, 1955), is an Italian singer-songwriter and musician.

Regarded as one of the main exponents of blues in Italy, over more than thirty years of his career, he has achieved considerable commercial success, selling over 60 million records, including albums and singles. His world tours and frequent collaborations with internationally renowned artists—such as Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Eric Clapton, and others—have significantly contributed to extending his popularity beyond national borders.

His major breakthrough came with the album “Blue’s” in 1987, which included tracks like “Senza una donna” and “Con le mani.” This album marked the beginning of a long series of successes that cemented his reputation as one of the most important Italian artists. “Oro Incenso & Birra” from 1989 is another of his most famous and best-selling albums.

Stylistically, the musical production of the Emilian singer-songwriter is characterized by an original synthesis of the Mediterranean melodic tradition with elements derived from blues, gospel, and soul, genres typical of the southern United States. His work has earned him numerous awards, including the Tenco Prize for career achievement, two World Music Awards, six IFPI Platinum Europe Awards, a Grammy nomination, and the honor of Commendatore of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.


Free tickets reservation will not guarantee entry to the Hall. Once the capacity of the venue is reached, no more patrons will be allowed to enter

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  • Organized by: Istituto Italiano di Cultura Dublino