London, 09 January 2015 – CinemaItaliaUK starts its 2015 season with a optimistic view, with three acclaimed contemporary Italian films and with a new partnership.
“Viva la Libertà” (Long Live Freedom) by Roberto Andò starring the Oscar winner Toni Servillo will be the first screening of the year, on Sunday 25 January 6.30 pm at Genesis Cinema. The film will be followed by a Q&A with the Sicilian film director, hosted by the documentary filmmaker Adele Tulli and the senior lecturer in Politics at The Open University Geoff Andrews.
“Viva la Libertà” is based on Ando’s novel “Il trono vuoto” which won the Italian Campiello literature prize. The film itself won the David di Donatello for Best Script and the Nastro D’Argento for Best Screenplay.
The 2015 programme includes “The Art of Happiness” by Alessandro Rak on Sunday 22 February. It won the European Animated Feature Film 2014 at the European Film Award. The third film will be “The Chair of Happiness” by Carlo Mazzacurati on 29 March.
The director Clara Caleo Green says: “In the gloom of winter we need such good cheerful titles! These films are a true credit to recent Italian cinema.”
CinemaItaliaUK is happy to announce its partnership with the luxury furniture brand “Natuzzi”. Their sales and marketing director Irene Zia adds: “We are delighted to partner with CinemaItaliaUK. As an Italian business based in the UK we are keen to promote cultural exchange between the two countries and where better than in an environment conducive to relaxation and pleasure? The CinemaItaliaUK experience is perfectly aligned to our own brand values; we truly believe that our Re-vive performance recliner is “the chair of happiness”!
CinemaitaiaUK screens modern Italian films not yet distributed in the UK, thanks to the support of the Italian Consulate and the Italian Cultural Institute. Each film is in Italian with English subtitles: it’s an opportunity for Italians to keep abreast of big successes in their native country and for Londoners to discover new films, new authors and to better understand Italy through the cinema lense.
The full programme, together with photo galleries, videos and links, is available on the website www.cinemaitaliauk.co.uk.
CinemaItaliaUK is kindly supported by The Consul General of Italy, The Italian Cultural Institute, Natuzzi, BdB, Courthouse Hotel, The Italian Bookshop, Donna Fugassa, The Italian Community, Fred Film Radio, RaiCom, Fandango and Elle Driver.
“Viva la Libertà” on Sunday 25, Q&A with Roberto Andò
“The Art of Happiness” on 22 Feb, “The Chair of Happiness” on 29 March
Main sponsor “Natuzzi” announced