The Italian Film Festival Cardiff is back for its third edition with another powerful picture of contemporary Italy featuring some of the brightest stars in Italian cinema.
This year’s selection of twelve independent films offer a thought-provoking and entertaining glimpse of life and culture in the ‘Bel Paese’, while exploring universal themes of belonging and identity in a rapidly changing world. From comedy and drama to animation, this year’s films confirm the directors’ choice of offering only Welsh premieres and includes seven UK premieres all from the perspective of established directors and the new generation alike.
The Festival will also present the Welsh premiere of the Italian submission for the 2018 Oscars film, Jonas Carpignano’s A Ciambra (November 24).
We are delighted to once again welcome many of the films’ directors, giving Cardiff audiences the opportunity to take part in Q&A sessions post-film. Guests include legendary Italian actor Flavio Bucci, star of The Gospel According to Mattei (November 25), alongside the film’s two director-stars; Silvio Soldini, whose film Emma (November 24) features world-famous actress Valeria Golino in an exploration of life and love for the film’s blind protagonist; Gianfranco Cabiddu director of Globo d’Oro winner, The Stuff of Dreams, a comedic tale of revenge and redemption inspired by Shakespeare; Karen Di Porto, director of Maria Per Roma (November 26, followed by screening of animated short Nausicaa by Bepi Vigna) casts its humorous gaze over the Italian capital’s relationship with tourism, and Pif, director of the final film on November 26th, the critically-acclaimed satirical comedy set during the Allied landing in Sicily, At War for Love.
Committed to staying at the sharp end of Italian cinema, most films at this year’s festival have only just been released in Italy but have already met with both critical and box office success. This is certainly the case with the irresistible comedy-road movie Easy by Andrea Magnani (November 26), which among other accolades won the Grand Prix du Jury at the Annecy Cinema Italién Film Festival. There is also plenty for families with the delightful double bill of A Bear’s Tale, the story of a bear put on trial for cattle raiding, and the animated short film Strollica by Peter Marcias on Saturday 25 November.