The ninth edition of Cinema Made In Italy Programme has been launched today. The festival will open with Paolo Sorrentino‘s Loro centres on Silvio Berlusconi and his entourage. Sorrentino’s long-standing collaborator Toni Servillo stars as the controversial and larger-than-life former Italian prime minister. The six day event will close with Letizia Lamartire‘s We’ll Be Young And Beautiful (Saremo giovani e bellissimi).
Other highlights include Valeria Golino’s Euforia, with Riccardo Scamarcio in the lead role .Alba Rohrwacher takes centre stage in Gianni Zanasi’s comedy Lucia’s Grace (Troppa Grazia). Both films screened at the 2018 Cannes International Film Festival, alongside the International Critics’ Week sections at Venice International Film Festival.
Valerio Mieli’s long-awaited Ricordi? starring Luca Marinelli. Bonifacio Angius, who won the Junior Jury Award at the 2014 Locarno International Film Festival with Perfidia, will present his compelling second feature Wherever You Are (Ovunque Proteggemi).
Festival goers can look forward to seeing Duccio Chiarini’s The Guest(L’Ospite), the entertaining follow-up to his Venice Biennale College debut Short Skin. Paolo Virzì brings us a dark slice of comedy with Notti Magiche, which Closed the 2018 Rome International Film Festival. Paolo Zucca, returns 6 years after The Referee premiered, this time delivers an absurdist farce with The Man Who Bought The Moon (L’Uomo che compró la Luna). Just before the festival closes there will be a screening the late Bernardo Bertolucci classic 1970 expressionist masterpiece The Conformist (Il Conformista).
As in previous years, the festival will film-makers and actors attending the festival to introduce their films and participate in audience Q&As. Actors Elena Sofia Ricci , Jacopo Cullin, Alessandro Piavani have all been anounnced to attend. Alongside directors Paolo Virzì, Bonifacio Angius, Duccio Chiarini, Gianni Zanasi , Valerio Mieli and Valeria Golino.
Tickets: £12/£10 (conc.); £9/£7 (conc.) for films in the ‘Sunday Classics’ section; £5 for viewers aged 25 and under, if registered for the ’25 and Under £5 Scheme’ on the French Institute website here.