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10TH Edition Of CINEMA MADE IN ITALY Places Female Directors In The Spotlight Plus Win A Pair Of Tickets To SOLE

02 March 2020

Line-up includes new features by Ginevra Elkann, Michela Occhipinti, and Chiara Malta plus cult classic THE NIGHT PORTER by Liliana Cavani CINEMA MADE IN ITALY 2020 celebrates a decade of bringing the cream of recent Italian productions to the capital.

From 4 – 9 March London audiences will once again be able to sample a rich and diverse programme which promises to delight and engage viewers and offers a taste of modern Italy and beyond. The six-day event will kick off at South Kensington’s Ciné Lumière on 4 March with Ginevra Elkann’s IF ONLY (Magari), and new features by Michela Occhipinti and Chiara Malta are also included in the line-up. In addition to the nine new Italian productions being showcased, Liliana Cavani’s 1974 provocative psychological thriller THE NIGHT PORTER (Il portiere di notte), starring Charlotte Rampling and Dirk Bogarde, will be screened as the ‘Sunday Classics Matinee’ title.
As always, screenings will be followed by filmmaker Q&A sessions, giving audiences the chance to become involved in lively and thought-provoking discussions. The annual event is organised by Istituto Luce-Cinecittà’s promotional department in Rome (Filmitalia), with the support of the Italian Cultural Institute in London, the official agency for the promotion of Italian language and culture in England and Wales (www.icilondon.esteri.it). The films were selected by Adrian Wootton OBE, CEO of Film London and programme advisor for the BFI London Film Festival.

Wednesday 4th March
8.30 pm IF ONLY (Magari) 100 mins
Intro and Q&A with Ginevra Elkann (director)

Thursday 5th March
6.30 pm DAFNE 94 mins
Intro and Q&A with Federico Bondi (director)

8.50 pm STOLEN DAYS (Il ladro di giorni), 105 mins
Intro and Q&A with Guido Lombardi (director)

Friday 6th March
6.30 pm FLESH OUT (Il corpo della sposa) 95 mins
Intro and Q&A with Michela Occhipinti

8.50 pm VOLARE (Tutto il mio folle amore) 97 mins
Intro and Q&A with talent TBC

Saturday 7th March
6.30 pm 5 IS THE PERFECT NUMBER (5 è il numero perfetto) 100 mins
Intro and Q&A with Igor Tuveri aka Igort (director)

Intro and Q&A with Carlo Sironi (director)

Sunday 8th March
2.00 pm THE NIGHT PORTER (Il portiere di notte) 118 mins
(Sunday Classic title; repeat screening at 6 pm on Tuesday 10th March)

Monday 9th March
6.30 pm SIMPLE WOMEN 85 mins
Intro and Q&A with Chiara Malta (director)

8.50 pm BANGLA 84 mins
Intro and Q&A with Phaim Bhuiyan



About the Programme
IF ONLY (Magari)

Director: Ginevra Elkann
Cast: Riccardo Scamarcio, Alba Rohrwacher, Milo Roussel, Ettore Giustiniani, Oro De Commarque,
Céline Sallette, Benjamin Baroche, Brett Gelman, Luigi Catani
Running time: 100 mins

“Captivating drama of a connected family that is a partly autobiographical and impressive debut from
noted producer Ginevra Elkann” - Adrian Wootton (Programmer – Cinema Made in Italy)

Alma, Jean and Sebastiano are three tight-knit siblings who live with their mother in Paris. One day
they are packed off to Italy to spend the rest of the school holiday with their unconventional father,
Carlo (Riccardo Scamarcio), who they haven’t seen for two years. Instead of taking them on the skiing
trip they had been promised, Carlo whisks them off to a rundown coastal cottage. They are joined by
his bohemian co-writer and lover Benedetta (Alba Rohrwacher), and what ensues is a shambolic
Christmas package to remember, complete with a first crush, acts of teenage rebellion, but also tender
moments of reconciliation. This semi-autobiographical film by accomplished producer and first-time
feature director Ginevra Elkann received critical acclaim when it opened the Piazza Grande section at
last year’s Locarno International Film Festival.

Director: Federico Bondi
Cast: Carolina Raspanti, Antonio Piovanelli, Stefania Casini
Running time: 94 mins

“Life affirming and spirited portrait of a young woman with Down’s syndrome which focuses
refreshingly on her independence and feisty personality as she makes her way in the world” – Adrian
Wootton (curator of Cinema Made in Italy, CEO of Film London and the British Film Commission)

Dafne (Carolina Raspanti) is a strong-willed young woman with Down syndrome who lives with her
parents, Luigi (Antonio Piovanelli) and Maria (Stefania Casini). The family balance is shattered when
Maria suddenly dies at the end of a summer holiday. As Luigi falls into an isolating depression, Dafne’s
response is to verbally lash out at this upheaval in her life. When Dafne suggests that she and her
father go on a weekend trip to Tuscany, it proves to be a turning point for them both. Together they
find the strength to come to terms with their grief, as well as develop their father-daughter bond. This
heart-warming observational dramedy screened in the Panorama section at last year’s Berlinale and
picked up the FIPRESCI prize there before going on to win numerous other awards at major festivals
around the world.

STOLEN DAYS (Il ladro di giorni)
Director: Guido Lombardi
Cast: Riccardo Scamarcio, Massimo Popolizio, Augusto Zazzaro, Carlo Cerciello, Giorgio Careccia,
Vanessa Scalera, Rosa Diletta Rossi, Katia Fellin, Christoph Hülsen, Giuseppe Cristiano, Leandra
Concetta Fili, Mily Culturera Di Montesano, Michele Capuano
Running time: 105 mins

“Bittersweet, powerful road movie with noir thriller overtones as a father and son reunited embark on
a dangerous journey” - Adrian Wootton (Programmer – Cinema Made in Italy)

Salvo (Augusto Zazzaro) was five years old when his father Vincenzo (Riccardo Scarmacio) was arrested
and put in jail. The young boy was sent to live with relatives in Northeast Italy, and seven years later
Vincenzo shows up again, to take Salvo down to Puglia for a few days. This seemingly innocent
pleasure jaunt turns out to be a perilous drugs transportation mission, using Salvo as a prop to keep
the cops at arm’s distance. At first, father and son barely recognise each other, and in pursuit of love
and affection Salvo observes Vincenzo’s lawless actions and starts to imitate him. During their long car
journey, they are confronted with the truth about their relationship, and start to reconnect and make
up for lost time.

FLESH OUT (Il corpo della sposa)
Director: Michela Occhipinti
Cast: Verida Beitta Ahmed Deiche, Amal Saad Bouh Oumar, Aminetou Souleimane, Sidi Mohamed
Running time: 95 mins

“Unusual and distinctive dramatisation of a young woman’s ‘preparation’ for marriage in the unique
culture of Mauritania” - Adrian Wootton (Programmer – Cinema Made in Italy)

Living in Mauritania, working in a beauty salon and addicted to social media, Verida (Verida Beitta
Ahmed Deiche) is a modern girl. However, before getting married in three months’ time she needs to
undergo ‘gavage’, or force-feeding, so that she gains a substantial amount of weight to become
voluptuous, and thus an ideal model of beauty and wealth. This means that her mother will ensure
that she eats and drinks as much as ten times a day. As the weeks of this trial go by and the impending
wedding approaches, Verida starts to question her life and her country’s traditions. Michela
Occhipinti’s emotionally rich film is a sympathetic portrait of a woman awakening to misogynistic
conditioning disguised as cultural convention. The film screened in the Panorama section at last year’s

VOLARE (Tutto il mio folle amore)
Director: Gabriele Salvatores
Cast: Claudio Santamaria, Valeria Golino, Diego Abatantuono, Giulio Pranno, Daniel Vivian, Marusa
Majer, Tania Garribba
Running time: 97 mins

“Blackly comic and gripping tale of a young boy trying to get to know his estranged father from
Gabriele Salvatores (I Am Not Afraid), one of Italy’s most acclaimed directors” - Adrian Wootton
(Programmer – Cinema Made in Italy)

Willi (Claudio Santamaria), who wanted to be a singer, is the biological father of a boy he has never
met. One night, he works up the courage to meet his son, discovering that he isn’t anything like he had
imagined. Willi couldn’t have foreseen how that small gesture of responsibility is only the beginning of
a great adventure, one that will bring father and son together. Their journey takes them along the
deserted roads of the Balkans, allowing them to get to know one another, as well as discover
themselves. Elena (Valeria Golino) and Mario (Diego Abatantuono), who have gone in the search of 6
their son, will be able to say all those things they have been unable to say, until now. This
contemporary road movie by the Academy Award-winning director Gabriele Salvatores had its world
premiere at last year’s Venice International Film Festival.

5 IS THE PERFECT NUMBER (5 è il numero perfetto)
Director: Igor Tuveri aka Igort
Cast: Toni Servillo, Valeria Golino, Carlo Buccirosso, Iaia Forte, Giovanni Ludeno, Lorenzo Lancellotti,
Vincenzo Nemolato, Manuela Lamanna, Angelo Curti, Emanuele Nocerino, Mimmo Borrelli, Nello
Mascia, Emanuele Valenti, Gigio Morra, Marcello Romolo, Igor Tuveri aka Igort, Rocco Giordano,
Edoardo Sorgente, Anna Tuveri
Running time: 100 mins

“Visually arresting and highly entertaining noir gangster thriller, whose style is influenced by the
graphic novels and illustrations that the filmmaker Igort originally became famous for” - Adrian
Wootton (Programmer – Cinema Made in Italy)

Peppino Lo Cicero (Toni Servillo) is a retired hitman, living in a bleak part of Naples in the early 1970s.
He has passed his trade on to his only son, Nino (Lorenzo Lancellotti), and buys him a Colt Cobra .38
Special as a birthday present. When Nino is ambushed and shot dead whilst on an assignment,
revenge is the only thing Peppino has on his mind. He enlists his old friend Totò the Butcher (Carlo
Buccirosso) and an enigmatic beauty from the past, Rita (Valeria Golino), to help him track down his
son’s murderer. Soon Peppino is back in business, setting in motion a violent and elaborate revenge
plot, and doing whatever it takes to get even. Based on Igort’s most famous graphic novel with the
same name, which won the Book of the Year Award at the 2003 Frankfurt Bookfair, this thrillingly
stylish comic-book noir had its world premiere at the 2019 Venice International Film Festival.

Director: Carlo Sironi
Cast: Sandra Drzymalska, Claudio Segaluscio, Bruno Buzzi, Barbara Ronchi, Marco Felli, Orietta Notari,
Vitaliano Trevisan
Running time: 102 mins

“Wonderful directorial debut from Carlo Sironi with his understated, authentic and emotionally
involving story of two young people brought together in exceptional circumstances” - Adrian Wootton
(Programmer – Cinema Made in Italy)

Ermanno and Lena are two strangers, who must pretend to be a couple in order to mislead Italian
authorities. Lena is pregnant and she has come to Italy from Poland to sell her baby to Ermanno’s
uncle, Fabio. As Ermanno assumes the role of the father, an unexpected bond grows between him,
Lena, and the baby. What if they were actually the perfect family? SOLE is an emotional and
untraditional love story which questions Italian surrogacy law. Following its world premiere in Venice
last year, where it won the Lanterna Magica Award, Carlo Sironi’s impressive first feature also
screened in Toronto. Veteran maestro Paolo Taviani has selected this talented director to participate
in an on-stage discussion at the forthcoming Berlin International Film Festival, as part of the new
special programme On Transmission.

THE NIGHT PORTER (Il portiere di notte)
Director: Liliana Cavani
Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Charlotte Rampling, Philippe Leroy
Running time: 118 mins

Set in Vienna in 1957, a secret organisation of Nazis meets periodically and ‘eliminates’ dangerous
witnesses to their cruel actions during WW II. Max (Dirk Bogarde), a former SS officer, is a night porter
in an elegant hotel. When Lucia (Charlotte Rampling) enters the lobby with her husband, she
recognises the man who was both her torturer and protector when she was a concentration camp
inmate. They eventually find a way to be alone together and replay their concentration camp scenes,
not only revisiting their sadomasochistic relationship but also exploring a reversal of roles. Operatic
and bold, Liliana Cavani’s 1974 provocative psychological thriller deftly examines the lasting social and
psychological effects of the Nazi regime.

Director: Chiara Malta
Cast: Jasmine Trinca, Elina Löwensohn, Francesco Acquaroli, Anna Malvica, Mirella Mazzeranghi, Betti
Pedrazzi, Paolo Graziosi, Thomas Bradley, Michael Rodgers, Cosmina Olariu, Ozana Oancea, Roberta
Zanardo, Gea Dell’Orto, Elisa Liberatori
Running time: 85 mins

“Clever, funny movie within a movie as a documentary filmmaker superfan works on a film with her
temperamental childhood idol” - Adrian Wootton (Programmer – Cinema Made in Italy)

Since childhood, the Italian film director Federica (Jasmine Trinca) has been passionate about cinema.
One film in particular has always played an important role: Hal Hartley’s Simple Men, starring the
Romanian actress Elina Löwensohn. A chance encounter with her icon offers Federica the opportunity
to make a film about her life. However, the real Elina Löwensohn is very different to the one in
Federica’s imagination, and soon the true characters of both the actor and the director start to be
revealed. SIMPLE WOMEN is Chiara Malta’s debut feature-length fiction film and had its world
premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, where it opened the Discovery section.

Director: Phaim Bhuiyan
Cast: Phaim Bhuiyan, Carlotta Antonelli, Sahila Mohiuddin, Nasima Akhter, Rishad Noorani, Fabian
Durrani, Sanija Shoshi Haque, Raja Sethi, Simone Liberati, Pietro Sermonti, Davide Ornaro, Alessia
Giuliani, Milena Mancini
Running time: 84 mins

“Original, amusing coming-of-age comedy about the creative trials and romantic tribulations of a
young Bangladeshi Muslim man in a suburb of Rome” - Adrian Wootton (Programmer – Cinema Made
in Italy)

Phaim (Phaim Bhuiyan) is a 22-year-old Italian-born boy of Bangladeshi heritage who lives in the
multicultural district of Torpignattara in Rome. When he falls madly in love with the liberated Asia, he 8
goes into a wild panic. According to his traditional parents, he must marry a Bengali woman, and in
their eyes, sex before marriage is a sin. Soon, Phaim finds himself torn between his family’s culture
and that of the country he was born into. Phaim Bhuiyan based Bangla on his own life, and plays the
lead in this honest, deadpan comedy about integration and identity. The film premiered at the
prestigious Rotterdam International Film Festival last year and has since screened at a multitude of
festivals worldwide.

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