Italy’s economy may be suffering at the moment, but it appears that its film industry is going for strength to strength. Now in its second year and under the new title ‘Cinema Made in Italy’, this Italian film festival in London showcases the latest Pasolini’s in the making. The festival is split into two sections, the first part (9-15 March) kicks off with the screening of 13 brand new films at Cine Lumiere, SW7. The screenings will include Q&A’s from directors and actors, which in the previous year included the likes of Toni and Peppe Servillo (of Gomorrah and Il Divo fame) and award winning director Stefano Incerti – and this year the festival promises an even more impressive guest line-up. The films being shown have been hand selected by no other than Paolo Mereghetti, head film honcho at Corriere della Sera (Italy’s top daily newspaper) and by Film London’s Chief Executive Adrian Wootton – which pretty much guarantees their quality. If you need more convincing though, many of the films have won awards across the festival circuit too.
Later in the month the festival takes on a sporting theme screening new Italian films that take this angle, to help give food for thought to the coming Olympic summer in the capital. There will also be a commemorative section of the festival dedicated to the life and works of director and screenwriter Vittorio De Seta, widely considered one of Italy’s best and was sadly lost November last year. The festival wouldn’t be truly Italian if it didn’t include some foodie delights though and right on cue there will be gastronomic refreshments to sample alongside the screenings. Who could ask for more? (Words: Laura Thornley)
For more info visit www.institut-francais.org.uk/films/cinema-made-in-italy