Dove Bisogna Stare (Where They Need to Stand) + Q&A
Oct
15
7:30 PM19:30

Dove Bisogna Stare (Where They Need to Stand) + Q&A

Q&A with Director Daniele Gaglianone and Eleonora Sammartino

A touching documentary about four Italian women of different origins involved in the reception of migrants in Italy. Lorena, a pensioner from Pordenone in Friuli Venezia-Giulia, does what she can to help Pakistanis hiding in temporary shelters; Elena, in a neighboring town, shelters a boy who has crossed the border barefoot in the snow; Jessica is one of the leaders of the Rialzo social center in Cosenza, Calabria; in Como Elena provides practical information to arriving immigrants.

Presented in collaboration with FILL - the Festival of Italian Literature in London. Followed by a Q&A with director Daniele Gaglianone.

Director: Daniele Gaglianone

Run time: 98 mins

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Il Grande Spirito (The Great Spirit)
Nov
12
7:30 PM19:30

Il Grande Spirito (The Great Spirit)

After stealing the money of his accomplices, disgraced bank robber Tonino (Sergio Rubini) has his life saved by a lunatic convinced to be a Sioux named Red Crow (Rocco Papaleo). Red Crow believes that Tonino is the Man of Destiny sent by the Great Spirit to accomplish a great mission. As his life is in danger, Tonino will have only to seek for a strange allegiance with his crazy saviour.

An intelligent, funny and moving dramatic comedy, directed and co-written by Sergio Rubini ("The Stuff of Dreams", "My Own Good") which explores the life in the city of Taranto, poisoned and threatened by the poisoning presence of the steelworks industry of ILVA. Music composed by Ludovico Einaudi.

Director: Sergio Rubini

Run time: 113 mins

Starring: Sergio Rubini, Rocco Papaleo, Bianca Guaccero

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BANGLA
Dec
1
6:00 PM18:00

BANGLA

Coming from a Bangladeshi family, Phaim has spent all his life in the suburbs in Rome, at Torpignattara, playing in a rock music group and spending time with his friend Matteo. He even meets Asia, an Italian girl with whom he falls in love. But when his family plans to move to London for a new life, he finds himself divided between his duties in the family and his own life. An exhilarating movie about two communities living together in Rome, which won the Nastro d'Argento Award for Best Comedy.

Director: Phaim Bhuiyan

Run time: 84 minutes

Starring: Phaim Bhuiyan, Carlotta Antonelli, Rishad Noorani

Presented in collaboration with Migration Film Festival.

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L'uomo che comprò la luna (The Man Who Bought the Moon)
Oct
12
2:00 PM14:00

L'uomo che comprò la luna (The Man Who Bought the Moon)

Due to exceptional demand ‘THE MAN WHO BOUGHT THE MOON’ returns for one day only!

The Italian intelligence agency obtains intelligence too hard to believe: An unidentified man living in Sardinia is the real owner of the moon. The news is instantly relayed to all intelligence agencies in the world, and with each government claiming that they have the rights to the moon, they decide to dispatch a Sardinia-born secret agent into the island. Though the agent really was born in Sardinia, he has since lost all characteristics of a Sardinian, and must get private lessons to learn what it is to be a Sardinian.

Director: Paolo Zucca

Run time: 105 mins

Starring: Jacopo Cullin, Francesco Pannofino, Ángela Molina

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L'uomo che comprò la luna (The Man Who Bought the Moon) + Q&A
Sep
17
7:30 PM19:30

L'uomo che comprò la luna (The Man Who Bought the Moon) + Q&A

Q&A with Director Paolo Zucca and Actor Jacopo Cullin

The Italian intelligence agency obtains intelligence too hard to believe: An unidentified man living in Sardinia is the real owner of the moon. The news is instantly relayed to all intelligence agencies in the world, and with each government claiming that they have the rights to the moon, they decide to dispatch a Sardinia-born secret agent into the island. Though the agent really was born in Sardinia, he has since lost all characteristics of a Sardinian, and must get private lessons to learn what it is to be a Sardinian.

Director: Paolo Zucca

Run time: 105 mins

Starring: Stefano Franceschi, Francesco Pannofino, Ángela Molina

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SEASON FINALE: Il Flauto Magico di Piazza Vittorio (The Magic Flute at Piazza Vittorio)
Jun
25
7:30 PM19:30

SEASON FINALE: Il Flauto Magico di Piazza Vittorio (The Magic Flute at Piazza Vittorio)

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

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Normal
Jun
14
6:30 PM18:30

Normal

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

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Lucania (Land, Blood & Magic) + Q&A with director Gigi Roccati
May
21
7:30 PM19:30

Lucania (Land, Blood & Magic) + Q&A with director Gigi Roccati

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

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Il Bene Mio (My Own Good)
May
12
5:30 PM17:30

Il Bene Mio (My Own Good)

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

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Sicily by Luca Vullo (La Sicilia Raccontata da Luca Vullo
Apr
28
5:00 PM17:00

Sicily by Luca Vullo (La Sicilia Raccontata da Luca Vullo

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

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Shorts on Lovers (in collaboration with Lovers Film Festival Turin)
Apr
9
7:30 PM19:30

Shorts on Lovers (in collaboration with Lovers Film Festival Turin)

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

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Il Vizio Della Speranza (The Promise of Hope)
Mar
24
3:00 PM15:00

Il Vizio Della Speranza (The Promise of Hope)

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

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