ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL CARDIFF 2016

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bannersponsorsitoThe Italian Film Festival Cardiff continues this year focusing on the impact of the great Italian cinematic tradition (the festival opens on 23rd November with Ermanno Olmi’s latest film) bringing to Cardiff both Welsh and UK premieres. Exploring the intimate, melancholic, romantic, funny sides of the human psyche and the Italian landscape and examining how our lives and sceneries are affected by the encounter with the other. This year the IFFC features two important partnerships with the Sardegna and the Lucana Film Commissions and provides a great opportunity to meet people, exchange ideas and promote films.  PREVIOUS EDITION 2015

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Launch of the festival and opening of the exhibition

“Melanzasca” 

Wed 23 Nov 6.00pm @ PENARTH PIER PAVILION

IFFC presents illustrator and artist Silvano Beggio. His new character, Melanzasca, will follow us throughout the festival.

Torneranno i prati (Greenery Will Bloom Again) + Backstage of the film

Italy/2014/80mins/ ctba/subtitles
Wed 23 Nov 7.30pm @ PENARTH PIER PAVILION
Followed by screening of Backstage (50mins) and Q&A with producer Elisabetta Olmi
Venue: Penarth Pier Pavilion Dir: Ermanno Olmi. With Claudio Santamaria, Alessandro Sperduti, Francesco Formichetti, Andrea Di Maria.

An anti-war film narrating “the pain of war”. Set in the trenches of the Asiago plateau during World War I, and based on the short story La paura (1921) by Federico De Roberto, the film received eight nominations at the 2015 David di Donatello Awards, including best film and best director.

Lo scambio (Hidden Identity)

Italy/2016/93 mins/ctba (Uk premiere)/subtitlesThu 24 Nov 6.00pm @ PENARTH PIER PAVILION
Followed by Q&A with director Salvo Cuccia and actor Sergio Vespertino
Dir: Salvo Cuccia. With Filippo Luna, Barbara Tabita, Paolo Briguglia, Maziar Firouzi, Sergio Vespertino, Vincenzo Pirrotta.

Palermo 1995. In a shootout at the market a boy dies and another is mortally wounded. A police inspector whose wife is obsessed by the kidnapping of young Giuseppe Di Matteo, investigates the case. But not everything is what it seems…This is a psychological thriller that overturns certainties and is inspired by a true story. Prix Spécial du Jury Fiction at the 2016 Annecy Cinéma Italien.

Last Summer

Italy/2014/90 mins/ctba/subtitles
Thu 24 Nov 8.30pm @ PENARTH PIER PAVILION
Followed by Q&A with director Leonardo Guerra Seràgnoli.
Dir: Leonardo Guerra Seràgnoli. With Rinko Kikuchi, Ken Brady, Yorick Van Wageningen, Lucy Griffiths, Laura Sofia Bach, Daniel Ball.

Naomi, a young Japanese woman, after having lost custody of her six year-old son, Ken, spends her last four days with him on board of a sailing boat anchored in a bay off of an Apulian island. In a hostile environment, Naomi faces the difficulty of approaching Ken under the controlling glare of the crew. Grand Prix Fiction at the 2015 Annecy Cinéma Italien.

Non essere cattivo (Don’t be bad)

Italy/2015/100mins/ctba/subtitles
Fri 25 Nov 6.00pm @ PENARTH PIER PAVILION
Dir: Claudio Caligari. With Luca Marinelli, Alessandro Borghi, Silvia D’Amico, Roberta Mattei, Valentino Campitelli, Giulia Greco, Elisabetta De Vito, Emanuele Grazioli.

Set  in Ostia, where in the 70s, Pasolini gave life to his characters in all their suffering, loving and wandering, this film is set in the ‘90s, where life is seemingly more desperate and revolves around hedonism. It is a world aflood with money, powerful cars, nightclubs, synthetic drugs and cocaine. In their early twenties Vittorio and Cesare are on the prowl. Initiation into this lifestyle comes to a very high cost. The bond that unites the two boys is so strong that Vittorio really never abandons his friend, always hoping to be able to look to the future with new eyes. Together. “A Pasolini-esque look at contempo low life on Rome’s outskirts” Variety

Un paese quasi perfetto (An ‘almost’ perfect town)

Italy/2016/92mins/ctba/subtitles
Fri 25 Nov 8.15pm @ PENARTH PIER PAVILION
The film will be introduced by producer Nicola Timpone vice director of Lucan Film Commission and Mariano Schiavone chairman of the Tourist Board of Basilicata.
Dir: Massimo Gaudioso. With Fabio Volo, Carlo Buccirosso, Silvio Orlando, Nando Paone, Miriam Leone, Maria Paiato, Franca Abategiovanni.

Pietramazza, a small town in the mountains of southern Italy (Basilicata) is dying out. All the young people are leaving, and the few residents left, mainly former miners, survive on just their employment insurance. One could easily be discouraged, but these people are not. Lead by the exuberant Domenico they think the opening of a new factory could be the answer to their problems and they start working to make it possible.

Exhibition “Melanzasca” by Silvano Beggio

Sat 26 Nov 2:30pm @ CHAPTER ARTS CARDIFF

IFFC presents illustrator and artist Silvano Beggio. His new character, Melanzasca, will follow us throughout the festival.

Il tratto italiano

Sat 26 3:30pm @ CHAPTER ARTS CARDIFF
IFFC’s selection of the best short animation films (Italy/9omins/subtitles)
In partnership with Centro Nazionale del Cortometraggio, Euganea Film Festival and Sardegna Film Commission
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Era d’estate (Once in Summer)
Italy 2016/100 mins /adv12/Subtitles
Sat 26 Nov 5.30pm @ CHAPTER ARTS CARDIFF
Followed by Q&A with director Fiorella Infascelli
logo-fsfc-pngDir: Fiorella Infascelli. With Giuseppe Fiorello, Massimo Popolizio, Valeria Solarino, Claudia Potenza, Elisabetta Piccolomini.

1985, the two Italian judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino are forced to move with their families to the island of Asinara, in Sardinia, to work on the biggest Mafia trial thus far. In danger, the two magistrates are secured in a location where no one can reach them. In their small lodgings at Cala D’Oliva they live in close contact with their families, but also with all the people on the island, from members of the military to inmates.

La pazza gioia (Like crazy)

Italy 2016/118 min/Welsh premiere/12/ Subtitles
Saturday 26 8.40pm @ CHAPTER ARTS CARDIFF
Dir: Paolo Virzì. With Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Micaela Ramazzotti, Valentina Carnelutti, Anna Galiena and Tommaso Ragno

Paolo Virzì’s new film tells the story of the unpredictable and moving friendship that develops between two women as they flee the mental institution in search of freedom and happiness in the open-air nut house: the world of sane people.

Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot (They Call Me Jeeg Robot)

Italy 2015/112 min/adv18/subtitles
Sunday 27 5:45pm @ CHAPTER ARTS CARDIFF
Dir: Gabriele Mainetti. With Claudio Santamaria, Luca Marinelli, Ilenia Pastorelli, Antonia Truppo and Maurizio Tesei

The film is a transposition of a very popular animated manga cartoon of the 80s called Jeeg Robot. Enzo, a lonely and misanthropic small time crook, uses the superpowers gained after falling in the Tiber river to chase down a crazy gangster called “The gypsy”.

La felicità è un sistema complesso (The Complexity of Happiness)
Italy 2015/117 min/adv15/Subtitles
Sunday 27 20:15 @ CHAPTER ARTS CARDIFF
Dir: Gianni Zanasi. With Valerio Mastandrea, Giuseppe Battiston, Hadas Yaron, Paolo Briguglia and Filippo De Carli

Enrico is number one in his job. He approaches executives who are completely incompetent and convinces them to leave. The amazing thing is that he manages to do it. Relentless, he performs the most absurd and useful job that he could ever invent. But his empathy and compassion are tested when he is left to care for an exchange student and has to guide the company for its two adolescent owners.

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