Cinema Made in Italy returns to London’s Ciné Lumière from 10 – 14 March 2016. The sixth edition of London’s best-loved Italian film festival offers another stellar line-up, and once again screenings will be followed by Q&As with visiting filmmakers. CINEMA MADE IN ITALY2016 marks the sixth year of Cinema Made in Italy, an annual festival of Italian contemporary cinema, organised by Istituto Luce Cinecittà, in collaboration with Ciné Lumière and with the support of the Italian Cultural Institute in London.
This year’s edition showcases nine titles selected by film experts Giorgio Gosetti and Adrian Wootton, reflecting the best of Italian production, from Anna by Giuseppe Gaudino which won Valeria Golino a Coppa Volpi for Best Actress at Venice Film Festival to Wondrous Boccaccio by Masters Taviani Brothers, freely inspired by The Decameron.
Other highlights include The First Light by Vincenzo Marra starring Riccardo Scamarcio, Claudio Cupellini’s romance The Beginners with 2010 Cannes Best Actor Elio Germano and this year’s Italian entry for Oscars, Don’t Be Bad by Claudio Caligari.
To top it all off, directors and actors will attend on stage Q&As after the screenings.
( all actor will be present in Italoeuropeo and LondonONEradio live interview)
Giorgio Gosetti – programmer for Cinema Made In Italy 2016; a renowned film critic and festival programmer who also regularly sits on film festival juries, and was deputy director of the Venice International Film Festival from 1992 – 1996.
Daniele Orazi – Head of Officine Artistiche, one of Italy’s most prominent talent agencies today. Clients include Alba Rohrwacher, Michele Riondino, Luca Marinelli, Sara Serraiocco (2016 European ShootingStar).
Full programme and booking details:
The five day annual event 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.
CINEMA MADE IN ITALY 2016
ANNA (Per Amor Vostro)
Director: Giuseppe Gaudino – 110 mins
Cast: Valeria Golino, Massimiliano Gallo, Adriano Giannini, Salvatore Cantalupo, Rosaria De Cicco .Anna is a forty-something Neapolitan wife and mother of three teenagers, whose life is turned upside down when handsome soap star Michele (played by Adriano Giannini, son of Giancarlo), enters her mundane life. She soon finds herself precariously juggling family life with newfound romance, in the hope that this holds the key to regaining the long lost courage and happiness from her childhood. Anna premiered at the 2015 Venice Film Festival, where lead Valeria Golino won the award for Best
FIRST LIGHT (La Prima Luce)
Director: Vincenzo Marra – 108 mins
Cast: Riccardo Scamarcio, Daniela Ramirez, Luis Gnecco, Alejandro Goic, Gianni Pezzolla
Marco is a young and ambitious lawyer who lives in Bari with his South American partner Martina and their eight year old son, Mateo. When Martina decides that their relationship is over, she flees to her homeland, taking Mateo with her. They vanish without trace, and out of desperation Marco decides to travel to South America to track them down. What ensues is a harrowing account of an international child custody battle told from Marco’s point of view.
THE BEGINNERS (Alaska)
Director: Claudio Cupellini – 125 mins Cast: Elio Germano, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Valerio Binasco, Paolo Pierobon, Marco D’Amore, Roschdy After an unconventional chance meeting Fausto (Germano) and Nadine (Bergès-Frisbey) embark on a turbulent journey, with the countless twists and turns that come with it. When Fausto is offered a chance to enter into business with an ageing party boy to open a trendy new nightclub (Alaska), their 3 love and devotion are well and truly put to the test, to say the least. Moving between Paris, Milan, prison and the fashion world, The Beginners is a whirlwind love story with a difference. The writer- director Claudio Cupellini collaborated as a director on the recent Italian mafia series Gomorrah.
WONDROUS BOCCACCIO (Maraviglioso Boccaccio)
Directors: Paolo and Vittorio Taviani – 120 mins
Cast: Michele Riondino, Lello Arena, Paola Cortellesi, Carolina Crescentini, Flavio Parenti, Vittoria
Puccini, Kasia Smutniak, Riccardo Scamarcio As the plague ravages the city dwellers of Florence in 1384, a group of young aristocratic men and women take shelter in a remote villa in the surrounding Tuscan hills. To take their minds off their precarious situation, they decide to tell each other stories about love and its many facets: fulfilled, thwarted, illicit and rewarded. In this fresh adaptation of Boccaccio’s Decameron, the Taviani brothers pay tribute to one of the greatest books about storytelling, reminding contemporary audiences of the power of storytelling as a way of escaping the ailments of society. The role of Guiscardo is played by
Michele Riondino, the lead in the BBC Four series ‘The Young Montalbano’.
GOD WILLING (Se Dio Vuole)
Director: Edoardo Falcone – 87 mins
Cast: Marco Giallini, Alessandro Gassmann, Laura Morante, Ilaria Spada, Edoardo Pesce .This hilarious comedy tells the story of a well respected surgeon, Tommaso, who believes his family has been brainwashed by a charismatic priest. When his son goes on a retreat at a monastery, the atheist Tommaso decides to go undercover to get to the bottom of this ‘crisis’ he and his loved ones are embroiled in. This Italian box office hit earned Edoardo Falcone the David di Donatello Best New
DON’T BE BAD (Non Essere Cattivo)
Director: Claudio Caligari – 100 mins
Cast: Luca Marinelli, Alessandro Borghi, Silvia D’Amico,Roberta Mattei, Valentino Campitelli, Giulia Set in the 90s in the suburbs of Rome and in Ostia, Don’t Be Bad focuses on the frenzied exploits of Vittorio and Cesare. In their early twenties, our young hedonists’ lives revolve around dirty money, fast cars, nightclubs and drugs. When Vittorio decides that enough is enough he tries to break away
from the wild side. He swaps his junkie girlfriend for an unmarried mother, and finds a job on a building site. His best friend Cesare on the other hand does not manage to break free from his self- destructive lifestyle, and Vittorio tries to rescue him. But is it too late?
THEY CALL ME JEEG ROBOT (Lo Chiamavano Jeeg Robot)
Director: Gabriele Mainetti – 112 mins
Cast: Claudio Santamaria, Luca Marinelli, Stefano Ambrogi, Ilenia Pastorelli, Maurizio Tesei After coming into contact with a radioactive substance, petty thief Enzo suddenly discovers he has superpowers. His dreams of how his new gift will do wonders for his life of crime soon disappear when he runs into Alessia, a traumatized young woman who is convinced he is the Japanese manga character Steel Jeeg, come to help humanity. Combining classic superhero themes with Italian social and political woes, Gabriele Mainetti’s first feature, which premiered at the 2015 Rome Film Festival, is a gritty and electrifying European superhero film.
LONG LIVE THE BRIDE (Viva La Sposa)
Director: Ascanio Celestini – 87 mins
Cast: Ascanio Celestini, Alba Rohrwacher, Salvatore Striano, Francesco De Miranda Nicola is a puppeteer who lives in a bleak area on the outskirts of Rome, among lowlifes, drifters, and labourers. He drinks too much but takes care of the adolescent Salvatore, who may or may not be his son by a local prostitute. When driving around in his van one day, he hits and kills Sabatino, an old man who stages accidents with unsuspecting drivers, and lives off the insurance scams. Soon Nicola is drawn into a netherworld of petty crime gone wrong, in a country where it is too late for hope.
Director: Lamberto Sanfelice – 94 mins
Cast: Sara Serraiocco, Piera Degli Esposti, Giorgio Colangeli, Ivan Franek, Anatol Sassi, Andrea Vergoni Seventeen-year-old Jenny (Sara Serraiocco, 2016 European Shooting Star) dreams of becoming a synchronised swimmer, but her carefree life in the seaside town of Ostia near Rome is turned upside down by the sudden death of her mother. With a sick father and nine year old brother to look after, Jenny has no choice but to move to a remote mountain village in Abruzzo. Before long she starts to get weighed down by these new responsibilities, all the while yearning to run after her dream. Chlorine debuted at last year’s Sundance and Berlin film festivals.
VENUE AND BOX OFFICE INFORMATION
Screenings: Thurs 10 – Mon 14 March 2016
Ciné Lumière : 17 Queensbury Place, London SW7 2DT, T +44 (0)20 7871 3515
Tickets: £10-12 plus booking fee
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