When CINEMA MADE IN ITALY returns to London’s Ciné Lumière, Italian cinema lovers will once again be able to sample some of the best recent Italian productions which are on offer, in yet another diverse and enticing programme. The eighth edition of the city’s beloved Italian film festival will take place from 7 – 11 March. As always, screenings will be followed by film-maker Q&A sessions, giving viewers the chance to become engaged in lively discussions.
The line-up includes eight new Italian films plus the 1977 classic title A SPECIAL DAY (Una Giornata Particolare), directed by the late maestro Ettore Scola and starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. The opening night film is Paolo Taviani’s World War II drama RAINBOW (Una Questione Privata), featuring Luca Marinelli (They Call Me Jeeg, Don’t Be Bad) and Valentina Bellé, recently seen in the Italian-British television drama series Medici: Masters of Florence.
One of the highlights to look forward to this year is Andrea Pallaoro’s heart-rending drama HANNAH, which earned Charlotte Rampling the Best Actress Award at the 2017 Venice International Film Festival. Other titles in the line-up which premiered in Venice are the wildly enjoyable musical LOVE AND BULLETS (Ammore e Malavita) by Antonio e Marco Manetti; the slick and creative animation film CINDERELLA THE CAT (Gatta Cenerentola) by Alessandro Rak; and Sebastiano Riso’s impressive second feature UNA FAMIGLIA.
Leonardo di Costanzo, who presented his award-winning film The Interval in London in 2012, will be making a welcome return with his latest feature THE INTRUDER (L’Intrusa), which screened in Directors’ Fortnight at last year’s Cannes International Film Festival. Sergio Castellitto’s social melodrama FORTUNATA also premiered in Cannes, in Un Certain Regard, landing Jasmine Trinca with the section’s Best Actress Award for her gritty performance as a poverty-stricken single mother. Lucia Mascino also delivers a stunning performance in STORIES OF LOVE THAT CANNOT BELONG TO THIS WORLD (Amori Che Non Sanno Stare al Mondo), by acclaimed director Francesca Comencini.
CINEMA MADE IN ITALY is organised by Istituto Luce-Cinecittà’s promotional department in Rome (Filmitalia), with the support of the Italian Cultural Institute in London, the official agency for the promotion of Italian language and culture in England and Wales. For further details on their activities, please visit: www.filmitalia.org / www.icilondon.esteri.it. The films were selected by Adrian Wootton, CEO of Film London.