Kevin Spacey is set to make his first speaking gig in five years with a masterclass at Italy’s National Museum of Cinema in Turin, where he will also receive a lifetime achievement award. The two-time Oscar winner is scheduled to hold an onstage conversation on Jan. 16, 2023, in the auditorium of Turin’s iconic Mole Antonelliana domed tower, which houses the film museum.
The masterclass, conducted by museum president Domenico De Gaetano, will be followed by a screening at the museum’s Cinema Massimo of a film from Spacey’s career that the actor will select and introduce. Turin is the city where the U.S. actor last year made a return to acting, starring as a police detective in the Franco Nero-directed low budget indie drama L’uomo Che Disegnò Dio (The Man Who Drew God). During the shoot for that film, Spacey visited the museum and was given an informal tour. National Museum of Cinema president Enzo Ghigo said:
We are honored that such a prestigious guest as Kevin Spacey has chosen Turin and an institutional venue such as our museum for this welcome and long-awaited return. It is a privilege to host the masterclass of one of the greatest cinema and theater actors of our times.
Tickets for the Kevin Spacey masterclass will go on sale on Dec. 20. It is set for Jan. 16, 2023 at 6:30 pm.
Though the Turin masterclass will mark Spacey’s first formal public appearance since 2017, the actor in 2019 returned to the spotlight, again in Italy, when he gave a public reading of a performance of a poem titled The Boxer by Italian poet Gabriele Tinti, about a broken down, worn-out pugilist, in front of the National Roman Museum in Rome.