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The 54th BFI London Film Festival is heaven for Italian Films

12 October 2010

2010 is proving to be yet another exceptionally good year for Italian filmmakers and the cream of the crop will be presented at the UK’s premiere film event the 54th BFI London Film Festival, which runs from 13th to 28th October and showcases the major films of the year.

With a total of eight major films, most of which have been critical and audience hits at previous 2010 Festivals, Italy will be screening:

LOOSE CANNONS by Ferzan Ozpetek
LE QUATTRO VOLTE by Michelangelo Frammartino
OUR LIFE by Daniele Luchetti
DARK LOVE by Antonio Capuano
THE CALL by Stefano Pasetto

Actress, director and writer Sabina Guzzanti will be attending the Festival, along with actress Nicole Grimaudo and directors Ferzan Ozpetek; Michelangelo Frammartino; Daniele Luchetti; Antonio Capuano; Pasquale Scimeca, Massimo Coppola and Stefano Pasetto.
Cinecittà Luce- Filmitalia is very happy with this year’s selection: “The Italian selection at The BFI 54th London Film Festival fully reflects the expansion of narrative terrain that Italian cinema is conquering in this new season. From the silent movie to the documentary; from  the already internationally acclaimed filmmakers to the first time directors; from the movie adaptation of a literary masterpiece which faces an excellent predecessor (The Earth Trembles by Luchino Visconti) to the stories of marginal existences. We hope that the UK audience and film industry professionals will recognize the strength and the quality which Italian cinema undeniably expresses, as they always do”.

OUR LIFE (La Nostra Vita) – Director Daniele Luchetti
When this film was screened at Cannes it was compared to the work of Ken Loach, a gritty, warm and human story it is a depiction of working class life in today’s Italy. The struggle of a blue-collar builder to rise above the inherent corruption and the compromises with which he is surrounded.

THE CALL (Il Richiamo) - director Stefano Pasetto
An unusual and engrossing drama, Sandra Ceccarelli (noted for her role in Piccioni's Light Of My Eyes) plays Lucia, a young woman living in Buenos Aires, an outstanding performance conveying a woman who needs to change her life radically.The film delicately weaves good humour into its more tragic aspects, a film that is both refreshing and original, shot on exquisite locations in Buenos Aires and Patagonia.

LE QUATTRO VOLTE – Director Michelangelo Frammartino
A quasi-documentary centred on an isolated Calabrian village. This lyrical portrait of the lives of the inhabitants both human and animal was first screened at this year’s Cannes
Film Festival to great acclaim and proved a real treat at the Toronto Festival.
The film will be released throughout the UK by New Wave Films.

LOOSE CANNONS (Mine Vaganti) – Director Ferzan Ozpetek
After his dark film A Perfect Day, Ozpetek makes a welcome return to comedy.  Set in a pasta-factory in Puglia this witty film tackles the still taboo subject of gayness in Italy. On the occasion of a family get-together when the family business is to be handed over to the eldest son who beats his younger brother into admitting he is gay, so the business goes to his equally gay sibling. The film will open in the UK on December 10th 2010 and is released by Peccadillo Pictures.

DARK LOVE (L’amore Buio) – Director Antonio Capuano
A hit at this year’s Venice Days this emotionally challenging film is set in contemporary Naples and interweaves the stories of a young rape victim with one of the three protagonists who writes to her from prison.

AFRAID OF THE DARK (BRUISES) (Hai Paura del Buio) – Director Massimo Coppola
A riveting first feature that was premiered at the Venice Film Festival, Coppola brings to the screen a raw, edgy film about a young Rumanian girl who inveigles her way into a family who have a daughter of a similar age. Coppola shows he is a talent to be reckoned with.

DRAQUILA – ITALY TREMBLES – Director Sabina Guzzanti
Unspooled at Cannes, Draquila is an uncompromising documentary about the state of Italy today. Part satire, part conspiracy thriller the film takes the L’Aquila earthquake as its central theme; it reveals the corruption and incompetence in the court of Silvio Berlusconi who has much fun poked at him.

Another film hot from its screening at Venice, an adaptation of the book by Giovanni Verga, centred on the trials and tribulations of a Sicilian fishing family, using the sea as a backdrop with the most amazing edge-of-the-seat storm sequence. Scimeca brings the story up to date in a genuinely gripping drama with a window onto a vanishing world.

The festival runs from October 13-28. The full programme information is available at


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