Fancy a taste of the sweet life? Head to the ever-glamorous Bvlgari Hotel London this January, which is partnering with the BFI (British Film Institute) to host a one-off screening of Federico Fellini’s 1960 film La dolce vita.
This coincides with BFI’s Federico Fellini retrospective, which is running until 29 February as part of a wider, year-long celebration of the centenary of the Italian filmmaker’s birth.
Federico Fellini is widely regarded as one of the greatest Italian filmmakers in modern cinema. One of his best known films, La dolce vita follows gossip columnist Marcello Rubini (Marcello Mastroianni) on his fruitless pursuit of the good life. Set over a week-long period in Rome, the film sees Marcello surrounded by decadence, celebrity and parties in search of salacious stories about the city’s rich and famous. One of his targets is Swedish-American movie star Sylvia Rank (Anita Ekberg), who – in one of the film’s most iconic scenes – takes a dip in the Trevi Fountain at dawn.
La Dolce Vita will be screened in Bvlgari Hotel London’s 47-seat private screening room on 26 January, following an introductory glass of bubbly. Afterwards, the hotel’s elegant Italian-inspired restaurant, Sette, will offer guests a specially curated four-course menu for the occasion, with dishes inspired by specific scenes in the film. Begin with sharing antipasti including Italian ham with Pontina mozzarella and a chicory, mozzarella and pecorino salad, followed by meat regu fettucine, chicken cacciatora style, and a homemade chocolate pizza dessert.
Ahead of the screening, guests can enjoy a short introduction to the film by an independent curator working with the BFI on the Fellini programme.
Located on the ground floor of Bvlgari Hotel London, Sette is the London outpost of New York’s Scarpetta Restaurants.
Bvlgari Hotel London, 171 Knightsbridge, London SW7 1DW
26 January 2020, from 2.30pm
Tickets are £75pp. Book here or by calling 0207 151 1025.