BFI Southbank announces new season dedicated to the work of Dario Argento

Following hugely successful tributes to directors including Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini and Pier Paolo Pasolini, the BFI and Cinecittà will join forces once again for DARIO ARGENTO: DOORS INTO DARKNESS, a new month-long season celebrating the unique visions of the influential Italian filmmaker, which will take place from 1 to 30 May 2023 at BFI Southbank.

The season will feature the UK premieres of 17 brand-new 4K restorations, courtesy of season partner Cinecittà, including his soaring debut THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE (1970), sophomore whodunit THE CAT O’ NINE TAILS (1971), Freudian nightmare DEEP RED (1975), the gamechanging masterpiece SUSPIRIA (1977), the icy meta-giallo TENEBRAE (1982), his only feature-length American production TRAUMA (1993), and many more.

Audiences will be able to hear about Argento’s long and storied career during Dario Argento in Conversation on 12 May, as well as during introductions and Q&As that Argento will give alongside screenings of some of most iconic films.

A selection of Dario Argento’s films will also be available to subscribers to BFI Player, allowing audiences UK-wide to rediscover the work of this Master of Horror, while a video essay introducing the season called Strange Phenomena will also be available to watch on BFI YouTube from 17 April.

Dario Argento: Doors into Darkness is at BFI Southbank from 1-30 May 2023; selected titles will also be available to BFI Player subscribers. Tickets are on sale to BFI Patrons and Champions on 3 April, BFI Members on 4 April and to the general public on 6 April.

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