September calendar of Italian films in London

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London, 7 September 2015 – September calendar of Italian films in London will focus on films made by women. Both directors Francesca Archibugi and Ludovica Fales will be present at the screening of her own film at Genesis Cinema at 6.30 pm, each one will take part in a Q &A and will meet the audience afterwards.

This coming Sunday 13th September CinemaItaliaUK will show the documentary “Fear and Desire” by Ludovica Fales and on Sunday 27th the feature film “Il Nome del Figlio” (An Italian name) by Francesca Archibugi.

Commenting the screening in London, Francesca Archibugi says: ”I believe that cinema has always united different countries. The more a film expresses its world of origin, the more interesting it is for other cultures. I tell the story of an Italian family from Rome, and I hope that UK audiences will understand more about us, what we are like and what interests us.

I really like movies which emanate the very essence of their own country. However, one has to be very very accurate and in some ways ‘local’ in the hope, paradoxically, to be able to express stories, characters and feelings which are universal. For this reason Jean Luc Godard says that cinema is a window on the world”.

Her film “Il Nome del Figlio” is inspired by the French play “Le prénom” but explores social aspects and politics in Italy today. It tells the story of the extrovert Paolo and his beautiful wife Simona who is expecting a baby. At a dinner with Betta and Sandro, the refined and intellectual couple, and Claudio, the eccentric musician, one simple question will lead to an argument which will spoil the evening: the name of Paolo and Simona’s son. “Il Nome del Figlio” is a comedy starring Italian famous actors Alessandro Gassman, Valeria Golino, Luigi Lo Cascio, Rocco Papaleo and Micaela Ramazzotti.

The documentary “Fear and Desire” is about contemporary dance: the audience of a small derelict village in Southern Italy is slowly captured by the unusual charm of the instinctive and provocative dance of a group of non-professional dancers, thus revealing the mysterious power of an art which equals life itself.

The screening, in Italian with English subtitles, will be followed by a Q&A hosted by Adele Tullli and by the live performance “Stop and Dance with me” with IfHuman dancers Cecilia Ligorio, Paola Michelini, Thomas Coumans end Herve’ Guerrisi. In October CinemaItaliaUK will celebrate its first anniversary with the screening of the film “Via Castellana Bandiera” (A Street in Palermo) by Emma Dante, on Wednesday 21st October 7.30pm at Regent Street Cinema, 7.30pm start.