Italian cinema is in the spotlight this year thanks to Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty,” which just won the Oscar for best foreign-language film.
In London, lovers of Italian cinema will have a chance to catch the latest movie productions from Italy with the “Cinema Made In Italy” five-day event, which kicks off today at the Ciné Lumière in South Kensington.
This year’s line-up includes ten feature films and one documentary. One of this year’s hot tickets is “How Strange to Be Named Federico!”, Ettore Scola's affectionate tribute to Federico Fellini, which he came out of retirement to make. Released in Italy in autumn 2013 to mark the 20th anniversary of Fellini’s death, this film is a fascinating trip down memory lane, recalling the years shared by these two Maestros of cinema.
Other highlights in the program include Roberto Andò’s “Viva La Libertà”, starring Toni Servillo and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi; Matteo Oleotto’s “Zoran, My Nephew The Idiot”, winner of the Critics’ Week Public’s Prize at the 2013 Venice International Film Festival; and “The Fifth Wheel”, directed by Giovanni Veronesi, and starring Elio Germano, one of Italy’s finest young actors who won the Best Actor award at the 2010 Cannes International Film Festival for his role in “La Nostra Vita”.
The event features Q+A sessions with directors and actors alike.
Cinema Made In Italy is organised by Istituto Luce - Cinecittà’s promotional department in Rome (Filmitalia), and the Italian Cultural Institute in London.
To see the full program, click here.