The Film Archive’s third major tribute to Italian cinema
Ten new Italian films, but also Luchino Visconti’s Bellissima with Anna Magnani, in a new restored copy, brings from 20 to 25/10 to Film library of Greece Tempo Forte, the cultural initiative of the Italian Embassy, and the Italian Educational Institute of Athens.
After last year’s great success, the tribute Cinema made in Italy/Athens returns for the third year with seven fiction films, two documentaries and 1 docufiction, with important awards in their luggage and participation in the most important festivals in the world, such as Cannes, Locarno and Venice.
The start of the tribute will take place with the Greek premiere of the film “A new tomorrow” (Il sol dell’avvenire) by Nani Moretti. The film was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. The premiere will be attended by the leading actress Barbora Bobulova. (a limited number of tickets will be available).
According to Maria Komninou, president of the Board of Directors of the Film Library of Greece, “Italy is an important example of how a great literary and film tradition, good film schools, strong state support and film archives contribute to a vibrant and competitive national cinema».
For her part, Patricia Falcinelli, ambassador of Italy, notes that “thanks to the valuable collaboration of the Film Archive of Greece and with an excellent partner like Cinecittà, we are ever closer to achieving our goal, to establish “Cinema Made in Italy” as an established, annual, appointment within the rich Greek cultural panorama».
As for Annabella Noukara from Cinecittà, she writes in the catalog of the tribute about “multiple borders explored at the festival, as if through a revolving door: that between cinema and life (Il Soldell’Avvenire), between theater and life (La Stranezza) and that between reality and fantasy (Gigi la legge). But both powerful debuts (Stranizza d’amuri and Una Sterminata domenica), which although they take place in different times and places, tell us about young people who are forced to fight to find their place in the world. Two classic coming-of-age stories but at the same time unconventional in form and directorial choices. The program is also full of strong and groundbreaking female characters, such as the militant Anna, the daring Gina in La Bella Estate, the mother in ElParaiso, the five transsexual friends who they speak with explosive vitality in Le Favolose.
The disarming spontaneity of the children who speak, live and move with complete freedom in front of a camera in Il Cerchio (awarded the David di Donatello 2023 as Best Documentary), helps us discover, once again, the innocence of the little protagonist of Luchino Visconti’s Bellissima, in which she is forced to play a role by her mother – the wonderful Anna Magnani».
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