Our bookclub continues with the short story La paura by Federico De Roberto.
Iconic director Ermanno Olmi based his latest masterpiece, Greenery Will Bloom Again, on De Roberto’s short story which will be screened in the Italian Film Festival Cardiff. After the film there will be a Backstage documentary followed by a Q&A with producer Elisabetta Olmi.
We will meet Wed 16 November at Sunflower&I , 1 Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5EE at 8.30. Mixed language abilities welcome.
This event is free but seats are limited so book in advance via email to avoid disappointment.
Films in partnership with Iris Prize Festival
Bullied to Death by Giovanni Coda
Saturday 15 October 3pm
Venue: CHAPTER ARTS CENTRE, CINEMA 1
Director Giovanni Coda from Italy will introduce the screening.
The film is inspired by the true story of a fourteen-year old American boy who committed suicide in the wake of school bullying and cyberbullying. This experimental film could be described as a documentary and is a marriage between performance art and film. It is the second episode of the trilogy on gender based violence by the director, following the film Il Rosa Nudo.
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Just Say Yes (Lei disse sì) by Maria Pecchioli
Saturday 15 October 8:30pm
Venue: CINEWORLD SCREEN 15
Director Maria Pecchioli will introduce the screening.
Just Say Yes is a documentary about two women who love each other. ‘Just say yes’ is a fragment of Italy, a collection of Swedish woods and lakes; it’s a wedding party where the main ingredients on the menu are civil rights.
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CHAPTER ARTS CENTRE
Saturday 8 October 6:30pm
Ayiva and Abas have fled Burkina Faso, dreaming of a better life on the other side of the Mediterranean Sea. After a death-defying crossing they arrive in southern Italy and must quickly readjust to life in Europe which is more violent and hostile than they imagined. An unsentimental and creative look at the refugee crisis. Watch the official trailer here
Join us after the film for Skype Q&A with actor Koudous Sehionan and an interview with Domenico Lucano, Major of the Town of Riace in Calabria. Our members get 10% discount on tickets.
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This event is organised in partnership with Watch-Africa
On 24 June, during Refugee Week, we have organised another special event around the premiere of Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) by Gianfranco Rosi, winner of this year’s Golden Bear in Berlin. This intense and beautiful docufilm, part of our Mediterranean Re-Mapped project, will be introduced by migration adviser and co-founder of S.O.S. Mediterranée Prof. Udo Enwereuzor. Prof. Enwereuzor will also be present at the Q&A with film editor Jacopo Quadri after the screening of the film.
We have organised a special event around the Welsh premiere of Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti) by Matteo Garrone. The gaudy and dazzling adaptation of the seventeenth century folk-tales by Giambattista Basile will be introduced by Domenico Basile (descendant of the writer and curator of the latest edition of Lo cunto de li cunti) and followed by a Q&A with actor Guillaume Delaunay.
a review by Mariam Kamish of the film that had its UK premiere in Cardiff at a joint screening by the Italian Cultural Centre Wales and the Iris Festival Prize
In other hands, Più buio di Mezzanotte (Darker than Midnight) might have been hard to watch. But director Sebastiano Riso makes the story of Davide, a transsexual fourteen year old fleeing home for life on the streets, a film of luminous beauty.
A desaturated palette – one step from black and white – defends his young cast from any taint of the garish or tawdry: even their bruises take on a sombre dignity. So sensitive is Sebastiano Riso’s direction that, though Davide’s friends are turning cheap tricks, we never feel repulsed – or distanced by pity. With a great and understated art, Riso makes it possible for us to meet the characters only on a plane of shared humanity and solidarity. He leaves no room for “us and them”.
Davide runs eagerly towards life and there are many moments in the film of untrammelled pleasure. The cheerful intelligence of his friend Ettore, the warmth of his mother and the humour and banter of the streets all lift the film into the light.
There is poetry in Sebastiano Riso’s vision, but he is far too honest to romanticise his subject. A lesser director might have painted Davide as an innocent beseiged, but Davide has something better than innocence. He has strength.
Early in the film, he follows a group of gay teenagers to a porn theatre. When a man tries to touch him, he knees him in the balls. Later on, a pimp – moved by Davide’s beauty – sings “Every man kills the thing he loves” and we think that Davide, now hungry and alone, is about to fall into a life of prostitution. He walks away. Whatever the cost, he always chooses freedom.
Riso’s story telling is lean and muscular, often driving the plot forward through the facial expressions of his gifted cast. He spurns the temptation to hint that his protagonist’s beautiful singing voice will be his salvation, but in the final seconds of the film Davide stakes his claim to life in a manner that will long echo in the viewer’s mind.
Sebastiano Riso is a fearless talent of the rarest sensibility. He is a very fine artist.
The first ever Italian Film Festival Cardiff (IFFC) will take place on 16 and 17 of October 2015 in Cardiff and Penarth. The aim of the festival is to give a dynamic and diverse portrait of Italy, its contemporary society and its contradictions. The list of films reflects this choice.
The celebrated LGBT Iris Prize Film Festival (7 – 11 October) will kick-start the IFFC with the film Darker than Midnight by Sebastiano Riso, a story dealing with the controversial issue of gender in contemporary Italy.
How to explain Italy to a child is the theme of the award winning It Will Be a Country. We move through the beauty of poetry (Leopardi) and the crude reality of disillusion (Le cose belle), to the heartrending account of migration (On the Bride’s Side). There is also space for comedy on the most loved national sport in Italy (The Referee).
Chapter Arts Cardiff and Penarth Pavilion will host the core of the festival.