We love a film festival here. There’s something very satisfying about a week immersed in cinema, looking at themes that emerge from a well-curated programme.
The Italian Film Festival’s programme includes ten new Italian films across the first week: eight selected by Italian film critic Irene Bignardi and two chosen by Adrian Wootton of Film London. The screenings at Ciné Lumière will be followed by Q&A sessions with directors and actors.
‘Vallanzasca – Gli Angeli del male’ (Angels of Evil) by Michele Placido, which looks at notorious 1970s outlaw Renato Vallanzasca, is the most obviously intriguing film to be shown. ‘Passione’ directed by John Turturro, a music journey to Milan, also looks to have potential in the opening week’s screenings.
Highlights later in the month include a tribute to Federico Fellini and Mario Monicelli, and a series of screenings focused on film and food. I’m pretty sure wine is involved at some point.
Take a look at the full list of screenings at Italian Film Festival 2011’s website.