The Italians are famous for many things: fine food, gondola rides, the Roman Empire, but outside of the country itself, Italian films are not often seen outside the niche of critics and other auteurs. Is it because of a lack of interest? No. It's due to a lack of availability. If you go to the cinema, you are likely to only find Hollywood or British films; occasionally there will be a foreign film, but not very often. Film festivals give people the chance to see films outside of their usual spectrum, and for the Italian Film Festival 2013: Cinema Made in Italy, you will be able to see a selection of ten films, including a children's screening of the animated Pinocchio by Enzo d'Alò. As much as I love Walt Disney's version, it is a very loose adaptation of the Carlo Collodi novel. It will be interesting to see the story interpreted by someone from the country the story was originally written in; I find it fascinating how different two films based on the same story can be. Unlike the rest of the films, Pinocchio will be screened in English, so children won't have to worry about reading the subtitles.
These films have never been seen in the UK before and will make their debut at Ciné Lumière between the 6th - 10th March, with tickets costing between £8-£10. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the director and actors of the film.
A ghostly story about a baker who starts hearing noises in the rooms of his apartment. At first these 'residents' are a nuisance, but then he begins he forms an intimate connection with them.
The Landlords 8.50pm
A romance story about two brothers, Cosimo and Elia, who move to a village in the Apennines to build a home for a retired singer. Elia falls in love with Adriana, the village beauty, which causes conflict between him and the locals.
Piazza Fontana: An Italian Conspiracy 6.30pm
Set in 1969 after a terrorist attack, the police commissioner, Luigi Calabresi is in charge of the investigation. But when his main suspect commits suicide, Calabresi is now the one being investigated.
The Ideal City 8.50pm
Michele Grassadonia lives a self-sufficient life in his ideal city, but after getting caught up in a series of mysterious events, 'the ideal city' looks less ideal.
Pretty Butterflies 6.30pm
A coming of age story, this film tells the story of eleven year-old Cate, a girl who wants to runaway from her family because of problematic siblings and a tyrannical father. The only person she feels close to is her eccentric neighbour Gigi, but on 3rd August things take a turn for the worst when Cate's brother tries to kill him. This will be the longest day of her life.
Giulio's stable life falls apart when his wife discovers he is having an affair. After the break up, Giulio comes to realise that a broken family is not the only consequences of his actions. In this day and age, how can separation change the dynamic between financial comfort and poverty?
Ali Blue Eyes
Sixteen year-old Nader may have been born in Italy, but he has Egyptian roots. For this reason his girlfriend, Brigitte's parents oppose their relationship, leading him into a life on the streets.
Every Blessed Day
They always say opposites attract. Guido and Antonia are completely different, but totally in love. Their relationship seems indestructible... until they hear the thoughts of one obstinate child.
A re-telling of the classic fairytale about a puppet who comes to life. Pinocchio dreams of becoming a real boy, but before that can happen, he needs to learn how to behave and tell the truth.
An unusual tale a about a young university student who moves to Rome for her exams. She moves in with her best friend so that she can look after his depressed dog, but the neighbourhood has become a strangely deserted wasteland.