Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Magic Flute is re-adapted in a feast of world-music influences by the multi-ethnic Piazza Vittorio Orchestra. Prince Tamino’s quest to set his love, the beautiful Tamina, free from the charms of the maleficent wizard Sarastro is sung and performed through sounds coming from Africa, Asia and South America in a magnificent mix of fascinating imagery and immortal music.
After the successful screening of “La stoffa dei sogni” in 2017, Gianfranco Cabiddu returns for a special Q&A following the screening which will close CinemaItaliaUK’s summer season.
Location: Regent Street Cinema Run time: 1hr 23mins
Director: Gianfranco Cabiddu
Starring: Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Ernesto Lopez Maturell and El Hadji Yeri Samb
Normal is a silent observation of the seemingly unshakeable gender norms rooted in contemporary society, from birth through adulthood. Filmed in a warm, almost flat colour palette, the camera acts as an unblinking observer, allowing the viewer to gaze down the lens at the everyday rituals being performed with an almost detached sense of unease. The beautiful composition and patient editing of Normal is in contrast to the eerily ordinary world revealed, of the feminine and masculine roles hidden in familiar scenes and relationships. What’s left is one unsettling question - why is this normal?
Location: Genesis Cinema Run time: 1hr 10mins
Director: Adele Tulli
In collaboration with: Fragments Film Festival
An ancient dying land is brought back to life by the primal force of a young mute girl, who witnesses the fatal clash between her farmer father and those who want to poison his fields. A magic journey of redemption.
Winner of Best Foreign Film, Best Supporting Actress and Best Editing at Worldfest Huston.
Location: Regent Street Cinema Run time: 1h 25m
Director: Gigi Roccati
Starring: Joe Capalbo, Angela Fontana and Pippo Delbono
The last remaining inhabitant of Provvidenza, a village destroyed by an earthquake, Elia refuses to go along with the rest of the community, which has resettled in a new town and put the past behind them. When the mayor orders him to abandon Provvidenza, Elia seems to be on the point of pulling up stakes, when he suddenly senses a strange presence. In fact, a young woman, Noor, is hiding in the rubble of the school, where Elia's wife had lost her life. These two lonely people will join their forces to continue to live in their ghost town.
Location: Genesis Cinema Run time: 1hr 34min
Director: Pippo Mezzapesa
Starring: Sergio Rubini, Sonya Mellah, Dino Abbrescia
Join CinemaItaliaUK for a very special evening of documentaries on Sicily by award winning Luca Vullo. We will be screening:
Dallo Zolfo al Carbone (From Sulphur to Coal) - exploring the lives of Sicilian sulphur miners as they search for better work prospects in Belgium’s coal mines. (53mins)
‘Cca Semu (Here We Are) - a film about how the lives of the inhabitants of Lampedusa have been touched by the arrival of immigrants from across the Mediterranean. (30mins)
Dallas in Prizzi (Dallas in Prizzi) - an American psychiatrist falls in love with the forgotten town of Prizzi in the province of Palermo. He devises an art project to revive this little town… (44mins)
Location: Genesis Cinema Run time: 127mins
Director: Luca Vullo
Join CinemaItaliaUK for an evening of award winning short films on LGBT+ lives and loves, in collaboration with the Lovers Film Festival Turin - with thanks to Shorts on Tap. Nibbles provided by Etna Coffee, with wine from the Italian Consulate.
Colla (Glue) - a journey of discovery begins for Domenico at a crossroads between his adolescence and maturity. (30mins)
Il Manichino (The Mannequin) - a child discovers a dummy abandoned in a field in suburban Rome. Here begins a fascination for this lifeless body, which will mark a discovery of a new world… (12mins)
Loris sta bene (Loris is Fine) - Loris is a naive young man searching for a much desired symbiosis in his relationship with Valerio, who is HIV-positive. (20mins)
Odio il Rosa! (I Hate Pink!) - is a portrait of a modern family and an insight into the everyday life of a gender nonconforming child. (15mins)
Sonderkommando - two strangers meet as they are deported to a concentration camp. Once they arrive at their destination, one is chosen to be a Labourer of Death - a Sonderkommando. (19mins)
Location: Regent Street Cinema Run time: 1hr 36min
Director(s): Renato Muro, Simone Bozzelli, Margherita Ferri and Nicola Ragone
In the Hinterland of Naples, Maria is the lieutenant of a merciless female Camorra boss and her main task is to take care of their enslaved African prostitutes the moment they find themselves pregnant. Her own sudden pregnancy will oblige Maria to look at her life and work from another point of view.
Location: Genesis Cinema Run time: 96min
Director: Edoardo De Angelis Starring: Pina Turco, Massimiliano Rossi, Marina Confalone