London’s Italian Film Festival 2012

‘Cinema – Made In Italy’
9th–30th March 2012

http://www.italianfilmfestival.eu/

The 2nd London Italian Film Festival ‘Cinema – Made in Italy’ runs from 9th – 30th March and offers three weeks of the best in Italian Cinema: The festival offers thirteen brand new Italian film screenings in the first week from 9th – 15th March. This is followed by a fortnight of screenings from 16th – 30th March of contemporary Italian films and a selection of Italian TV sporting dramas in honour of the forthcoming Olympics in London this summer. There will also be a celebration of the legendary director Vittorio de Seta and opportunities to sample delicious Italian gastronomy.

The festival, now an annual event, is organized by the Italian Cultural Institute in London and Istituto Luce Cinecittà in Rome. The thirteen new Italian films: Eight of which have been chosen by Paolo Mereghetti, film critic for Il Corriere della Sera, (Italy’s most widely read daily newspaper) and two which have been selected by Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London will be screened at the Ciné Lumière and will be followed by Q&A sessions with directors and actors.
The festival this year builds on the success of 2011 which opened with a concert at Cadogan Hall by Life Is Beautiful’s Oscar-winning soundtrack composer Nicola Piovani. The 2011 Festival showcased all that was new and exciting in Italian film and saw appearances by actors such as Toni and Peppe Servillo, Kim Rossi Stuart, Luigi Lo Cascio and Paolo Briguglia, as well as the directors Mario Martone and Stefano Incerti.

‘Cinema – Made In Italy’ is an event for cine-enthusiasts, fans of Italian film, UK media, distributors and anyone else with an interest in film. It’s an event that says loudly that ‘Italy is Forever at the Forefront of Film’.

Screening Programme:

Friday 9th March
6.30pm Scialla! (Take It Easy!) (95’)
Directed by: Francesco Bruni
Cast: Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Filippo Scicchitano, Barbora Bobulova, Vinicio Marchioni, Giuseppe Guarino, Prince Manujibeya, Arianna Scommegna, Giacomo Ceccarelli, Raffaella Lebboroni
A wonderfully touching and comedic debut feature that depicts the relationship between a melancholy professor and a rebellious teenager from the award winning screenwriter of The First Beautiful Thing. The film won the Controcampo Italiano Prize at Venice in 2011.

8.50pm Islands (92’)
Directed by: Stefano Chiantini
Cast: Asia Argento, Ivan Franek, Giorgio Colangeli, Anna Ferruzzo
An eastern European bricklayer looking for work is befriended by a young woman (Asia Argento) who has retreated into silence and lives with a middle-aged priest. The priest is at war with his sister, the young woman is running from her past and the bricklayer is simply trying to survive, but as their lives intermingle, emotions bubble to the surface. The film debuted in the Contemporary World Cinema section in Toronto 2011.
Saturday 10th March

4.30pm Scialla! (Take It Easy!) (95’)
Directed by: Francesco Bruni
Cast: Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Filippo Scicchitano, Barbora Bobulova, Vinicio Marchioni, Giuseppe Guarino, Prince Manujibeya, Arianna Scommegna, Giacomo Ceccarelli, Raffaella Lebboroni
A wonderfully touching and comedic debut feature that depicts the relationship between a melancholy professor and a rebellious teenager from the award winning screenwriter of The First Beautiful Thing. The film won the Controcampo Italiano Prize at Venice in 2011.

6.30pm Summer of Giacomo (78’)
Directed by: Alessandro Comodin
Cast: Giacomo Zulian, Stefania Comodin, Barbara Colombo, Stephane Lehembre
A debut feature from Alessandro Comodin which took home the Golden Leopard in the Filmmakers of the Present section from Locarno in 2011. Summer of Giacomo is set in the north Italian countryside and centres on Giacomo, a young 19-year-old deaf man, who goes picnicking with his best female friend. But they get lost and discover a remote and heavenly place where during an afternoon, sensuality creeps into their childish games until they realise that these events are nothing more than the bittersweet memory of an already lost time.

8.50pm Tatanka (100’)
Directed by: Giuseppe Gagliardi
Cast: Clemente Russo, Rade Serbedzija, Giorgio Colangeli, Carmine Recano, Raiz, Sascha Zacharias, Damir Todorovic, Luis Molteni, Susanne Wolff, Claudia Ruffo, Lorenzo Scialla, Vincenzo Pane, Luisa Di Natale, Enzo Casertano
Taken from the short story ‘Tatanka Scatenato’, written by hard-hitting Gomorrah author Roberto Saviano. The film tells the true-life story of champion boxer Clemente Russo who literally used his fists to fight his way out of the mafia and to winning a silver Olympic medal in 2008. The film won Best Artistic Contribution at the Montreal World Film Festival in 2011.
Sunday 11th March

4.30pm Islands (92’)
Directed by: Stefano Chiantini
Cast: Asia Argento, Ivan Franek, Giorgio Colangeli, Anna Ferruzzo
An eastern European bricklayer looking for work is befriended by a young woman (Asia Argento) who has retreated into silence and lives with a middle-aged priest. The priest is at war with his sister, the young woman is running from her past and the bricklayer is simply trying to survive, but as their lives intermingle, emotions bubble to the surface. The film debuted in the Contemporary World Cinema section in Toronto 2011

6.30pm Là-Bas – A Criminal Education (100’)
Directed by: Guido Lombardi
Cast: Salvatore Ruocco, Abdou Kader Alassane, Moussa Mone, Esther Elisha, Fatima Traore, Billi Serigne Faye
A debut feature by Neapolitan film-maker Guido Lombardi, which premiered in competition at in Critics’ Week at Venice in 2011. “Là-bas”, over there, is how Africans refer to Europe. It means far away, somewhere else, where their relatives and friends go in the hope of finding a better life, an opportunity. Là-bas tells the story of Yssouf’s criminal education. Yssouf, a young African sculptor is one of the many African immigrants come to Italy to join one of his relatives, thinking he would find an honest job and instead finding out that the only life possible in order to survive is one of crime – an honest cross-section of a hushed reality, that of many immigrants with good intentions who turn to crime for lack of alternatives, the portrait of a desperate humanity that tries to get by. The film won the Luigi De Laurentiis Award at Venice and the Flash Forward Best Film at Pusan, both in 2011.

8.50pm Li and the Poet (96’)
Directed by: Andrea Segre
Cast: Zhao Tao, Rade Serbedzija, Marco Paolini, Roberto Citran, Giuseppe Battiston
An unusual and compelling debut feature by Andrea Segre selected for the Director’s Fortnight section of the Venice Film Festival in 2011 – the film took home the FEDIC Award, Lina Mangiacapre Prize, Lanterna Magica Award from Venice. It also played at the BFI London Film Festival and received a Special Jury mention at the Reykjavik International Film Festival later that year.With a terrific central performance by Zhao Tao as Li, which is both restrained and heartfelt, Li and the Poet takes the essence of an all- too-real-life situation (the relatively recent influx of Chinese immigrants into the environs of Venice) and gives us a vivid contemporary story that is also simultaneously a new filmic look at aspects of Venetian life, refreshingly naturalistic and free of picture postcard tourism.

Monday 12th March
4.30pm Summer of Giacomo (78’)
Directed by: Alessandro Comodin
Cast: Giacomo Zulian, Stefania Comodin, Barbara Colombo, Stephane Lehembre
A debut feature from Alessandro Comodin which took home the Golden Leopard in the Filmmakers of the Present section from Locarno in 2011. Summer of Giacomo is set in the north Italian countryside and centres on Giacomo, a young 19-year-old deaf man, who goes picnicking with his best female friend. But they get lost and discover a remote and heavenly place where during an afternoon, sensuality creeps into their childish games until they realise that these events are nothing more than the bittersweet memory of an already lost time.

6.30pm The First On the List (85’) – Adrian Wootton’s Choice
Directed by: Roan Johnson
Cast: Claudio Santamaria, Francesco Turbanti, Paolo Cioni, Sergio Pierattini, Daniela Morozzi, Fabrizio Brandi, Capovilla
Based on a true story, and set after a season of student demonstrations and strikes of the working class in Pisa, in 1970 The rumour spreads that Italy may be subject to a military coup. Pino Masi, author of songs of struggle, decides to leave with two high school students heading over the Austrian border thinking the coup imminent. Capturing the swirling paranoia of the time and injecting humour the film premiered as a Special Event at the Rome International Film Festival in 2011 and is the 2nd feature from Anglo-Italian Roan Johnson.

8.50pm My Tomorrow (88’) – Adrian Wootton’s Choice
Directed by: Marina Spada
Cast: Claudia Gerini, Raffaele Pisu, Claudia Coli, Paolo Pierobon, Lino Guanciale, Enrico Bosco.
Having premiered In Competition at Rome in late 2011. My Tomorrow tells the story of a Milanese woman, Monica, who is complicit in the perpetuation of unsavoury capitalist practices and her aim to break out of the rut caused by job, family and love issues.
Tuesday 13th March

4.30pm The First On the List (85’)
Directed by: Roan Johnson
Cast: Claudio Santamaria, Francesco Turbanti, Paolo Cioni, Sergio Pierattini, Daniela Morozzi, Fabrizio Brandi, Capovilla
Based on a true story, and set after a season of student demonstrations and strikes of the working class in Pisa, in 1970 The rumour spreads that Italy may be subject to a military coup. Pino Masi, author of songs of struggle, decides to leave with two high school students heading over the Austrian border thinking the coup imminent. Capturing the swirling paranoia of the time and injecting humour the film premiered as a Special Event at the Rome International Film Festival in 2011 and is the 2nd feature from Anglo-Italian Roan Johnson.

6.30pm Summer Games (101’)
Directed by: Rolando Colla
Cast: Alessia Barela, Antonio Merone, Roberta Fossile, Armando Condolucci, Fiorella Campanella
A coming of age tale with a striking central performance from teen actor Armando Condolucci who plays a tough Roman kid on holiday at the Tuscan coast with his younger brother and constantly-feuding parents – it’s there he meets Marie, a girl his same age, who is deeply affected by her non-relationship with her father – through this friendship both children end up experiencing the joys and the pain of first love which changes their lives. The film premiered Out of Competition at Venice and in the Discovery Section in Toronto in 2011.

8.50pm The Cardboard Village (87’)
Directed by: Ermanno Olmi
Cast: Michael Lonsdale, Rutger Hauer, Alessandro Haber, Massimo De Francovich, Souleymane Sow, Elhadji Ibrahima Faye, Irima Pino Viney, Fatima Alì, Samuels Leon Delroy, Fernando Ghironda, Linda Keny, Blaise Aurelien Ngoungou Essoua, Heven Tewelde, Rashidi Osaro Wamah, Prosper Elijah Keny
From one of Italy’s most respected filmmakers, Ermanno Olmi (The Legend of the Holy Drinker) and starring Michael Lonsdale, Rutger Hauer, Alessandro Haber – The Cardboard Village tells the story of an old priest who braves the police to give shelter to a group of African refugees in his soon to be demolished church – in this circumstance of crisis, these people all together will be able to find the real meaning of the word ‘solidarity’ and realize that the church is much more than a place for liturgical ceremonies and golden altars. The film premiered Out of Competition at Venice and had a Special Presentation screening at Toronto.

Wednesday 14th March
4.30pm Tatanka (100’)
Directed by: Giuseppe Gagliardi
Cast: Clemente Russo, Rade Serbedzija, Giorgio Colangeli, Carmine Recano, Raiz, Sascha Zacharias, Damir Todorovic, Luis Molteni, Susanne Wolff, Claudia Ruffo, Lorenzo Scialla, Vincenzo Pane, Luisa Di Natale, Enzo Casertano
Taken from the short story ‘Tatanka Scatenato’, written by hard-hitting Gomorrah author Roberto Saviano. The film tells the true-life story of champion boxer Clemente Russo who literally used his fists to fight his way out of the mafia and to winning a silver Olympic medal in 2008. The film won Best Artistic Contribution at the Montreal World Film Festival in 2011.

6.30pm The Cardboard Village (95’)
Directed by: Ermanno Olmi
Cast: Michael Lonsdale, Rutger Hauer, Alessandro Haber, Massimo De Francovich, Souleymane Sow, Elhadji Ibrahima Faye, Irima Pino Viney, Fatima Alì, Samuels Leon Delroy, Fernando Ghironda, Linda Keny, Blaise Aurelien Ngoungou Essoua, Heven Tewelde, Rashidi Osaro Wamah, Prosper Elijah Keny
From one of Italy’s most respected filmmakers, Ermanno Olmi (The Legend of the Holy Drinker) and starring Michael Lonsdale, Rutger Hauer, Alessandro Haber The Cardboard Village tells the story of an old priest who braves the police to give shelter to a group of African refugees in his soon to be demolished church – in this circumstance of crisis, these people all together will be able to find the real meaning of the word ‘solidarity’ and realize that the church is much more than a place for liturgical ceremonies and golden altars. The film premiered Out of Competition at Venice and had a Special Presentation screening at Toronto.

8.50pm The Last Man On Earth (96’)
Directed by: Gianni Pacinotti aka Gipi
Cast: Gabriele Spinelli, Anna Bellato, Roberto Herlitzka, Paolo Mazzarelli, Teco Celio, Luca Marinelli
This first feature by graphic novelist Gianni Pacinotti premiered as the sole debut film In Competition at Venice 2011. The Last Man On Earth gently spoofs the human condition and the banal vulgarity of Italian society in a tongue-in-cheek sci-fi tale centering round an alien landing in Italy, a nation which is tired and disillusioned and steeped in economic crisis.

Thursday 15th March
6.30pm Rust (109’)
Directed by: Daniele Gaglianone
Cast: Filippo Timi, Stefano Accorsi, Valerio Mastandrea, Valeria Solarino
It’s a hot summer in the 1970s, in the north Italian suburbs of a town inhabited by immigrants from the south and the northeast. Here a gang of immigrant children spends its time playing games and clashing with other small gangs. That summer, a new physician arrives in the neighbourhood: the elegant and aristocratic Dr. Boldrini, who inspires awe from everyone. Three decades later, three adults are coming to grips with the daily reality of their lives. The echoes from that violent summer will inexorably invade their apparently normalised lives. The film premiered in the Venice Days section at Venice 2011 and won the Prix Sergio Leone at the Annecy Italian Cinema Festival 2011.

8.50pm Kryptonite! (110’)
Directed by: Ivan Cotroneo
Cast: Valeria Golino, Luca Zingaretti, Cristiana Capotondi, Libero De Rienzo, Fabrizio Gifuni, Lucia Ragni, Antonia Truppo, Monica Nappo, Rosaria De Cicco, Massimiliano Gallo, Luigi Catani, Vincenzo Nemolato, Gennaro Cuomo
The directorial debut of Ivan Controneo (writer on “I Am Love,” “Loose Cannons”) and adapted from his own novel. The film is set in Naples in the 1970’s and centres round 9 year old Peppino Sansone who comes from a large and fairly chaotic family and has an older cousin, Gennaro, who thinks he is Superman. Peppino divides his days between the crazy and colourful world of his young aunt and uncle, and his home where his mum has shut herself away in an incomprehensible silence. But when Gennaro dies, Peppino’s imagination rewrites reality to help him face up to the vicissitudes of his family and start to approach the adult world. The film premiered In Competition at the Rome International Film Festival 2011.
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