Skip to main content

Films From Italy

Director's Note: "Bix (portrayed by Bryant Weeks, a young American actor 'discovered' in screen test No. 449 out of 450) is a homage to a mythical figure from my youth. ... I met Bix Beiderbecke by chance because of the flu. I was 15 years old and my mother borrowed a book for me from the local ... Read more
Marco Leto's Black Holiday is set in an island detention centre for Italian political dissidents. During the early years of Mussolini's dictatorship, anti-Fascists are sent to the island to be reformed. The regime applies pressure to a cultured political opponent to change his thinking and restore ... Read more
The boatman is Gopal. He rows the waters of the Ganges, the Sacred River of India, guiding his vessel through Benares, the city of Shiva, the city of the Dead. Creating the illusion of a moving point of view, Boatman takes on the shape of a journey without destination, in which Gopal is both ... Read more
Beautifully photographed, this is an account of an experiment in agricultural improvement in Borgo a Mozzano, a community of sixteen hamlets in Tuscany, Italy. ... By supplying modern services and techniques an attempt was made to revitalise the community, but peasants are conservative and it took ... Read more
“An emotionally stunning journey of a father's return to his senses.” - Variety Being a family man is the most important thing for Santiago, a successful interior designer living with his wife and daughter in their picturesque home in Argentina. However, their tranquil existence is shattered ... Read more
An interview with Brian Eno in the San Carpoforo church in Milan about his videosculpture installation. Topics range from the current to the future state of video, art and music. A few hypotheses on the new electronic aesthetic. ... Read more
“Ever since I discovered art, this cell has truly become a prison.” - an inmate in Caesar Must Die ... The setting is Rome's Rebibbia Prison; specifically, its maximum-security section, which houses drug traffickers and mafiosi. Theatre director Fabio Cavalli is working with the inmates to ... Read more
A young Afrikaaner finds himself alone in the Roman countryside just before dawn. As he stalks through military debris and symbols of Roman and Fascist Italy he is confronted with his past and his admiration for his surroundings gives way to inner conflict. ... Read more
Carlo Lorenzini, who wrote under the name of Collodi, is one of the greatest writers of children's books: he is the creator of Pinocchio. This documentary vividly presents the personality of the author, and shows the spread of his work throughout the world. ... Read more
Ten years prior to the making of this film, the little town of Cassino and its famous monastery were destroyed by bombardment during the World War. Both the town and monastery have been rebuilt. ... Read more
“Imagine a middle-aged Before Sunrise rolled up with Under the Tuscan Sun but spiked with elements of The Game.” - Screen International ... At the European launch of his latest book, academic author James Miller (operatic baritone William Shimell) meets his match in a passionate art curator ... Read more
Two brothers and their sister, living in a small provincial town, are at the centre of a complex plot through which Bellocchio criticizes petit-bourgeois morality and the current political situation. ... Vittorio, the elder brother, seeks municipal power on the socialist ticket —led by his ... Read more
Antonioni's China is a long way from the England of Blow-up or his American travelogue, Zabriskie Point. After spending six weeks filming in China, he said 'I felt a need to return to my own origins as a film-maker, to come closer to reality in a direct way." The picture was made on super 8 mm film ... Read more
”Fellini says: ‘Reality does not exist. The artist invents it.' I believe it exists. We must live in it. and interpret it. With this film I wanted to experiment: interpret while I was inventing. It is called Ciao, Federico! because I must say good-bye to this kind of film-making. For me, the ... Read more
A boy hears his parents arguing, and then is sent off to school before their coming divorce. He is silent and reserved, but also headstrong, and he crosses one of his teachers. His need for love is continually meeting rebuff. He Ends a dog at school which resembles his dog at home, but he is ... Read more
A London photographer and an actress working in Rome return to Positano, where they originally met, to re-live their romance, recapture their love as it was. But by doing so, a commitment is demanded which wasn't relevant the first time. And commitment is what Alfred fears.... ... This first ... Read more
The Continent of Ice is the Antarctic. The film first deals with the early explorations and includes some rare film footage of Scott and Amundsen. Then it presents the sparse flora and fauna of the region, shows the lives of the scientists during the long Antarctic winter, working on meteorological ... Read more
"Dawn of the Dead is one of the best horror films ever made - and, as an inescapable result, one of the most horrifying." - Chicago Sun-Times ... The second instalment in George A. Romero's ‘Dead' series takes a swipe at suburbia and consumer culture, with the flesh-rending this time set against ... Read more
"Argento's first true and bona fide masterpiece." – Twitch ... Hailed by horror aficionados as one of the greatest giallos ever made, Deep Red follows musician Marcus Daly, who witnesses a murder in his apartment building and ends up attempting to solve it alongside tabloid reporter ... Read more
Unlike other Mozart operas, the action of Don Giovanni is played out in a brief 24 hour period. It has its fair share of doors slamming and women running through corridors dragging long skirts—but within its tight, dynamic plot is woven a web of intrigue, greed and revenge. From the opening ... Read more
"Don't Torture a Duckling is [Fulci's] best entry in the giallo pantheon, and a shocking preview of his gory excesses to come." – FearNet.com ... A big-city reporter (Tomas Milian) and a woman on the run from a sex scandal (Barbara Bouchet) attempt to solve a series of child murders in a ... Read more
"A masterpiece... ‘cruel ironies' doesn't even begin to describe it." - Time Out London ... The latest in Jacques Rivette's series of adaptations of Honore de Balzac's work is a dramatisation of La Duchesse de Langeais. Set in the salons of 1820s Paris, it chronicles the doomed courtship between ... Read more
From the dripping tap to the end of the universe - unless! Watch this space. ... Read more
As in all his films, Olmi's interest is in ordinary people, and he observes them with equal sympathy and understanding. ... In During the Summer, the central character is a professor (we are not told what he teaches) who, out of love for his fellow men &ndash: and to make a little cash on the side ... Read more
“A playful modern fairytale about a serious subject.” - Variety ... Costa-Gavras (Z, Missing, Music Box) takes a different tack on the immigrant experience in Europe with Eden is West, a bittersweet comedy with a touch of magic realism. ... Adrift in a rusty tanker headed for paradise, Elias ... Read more
Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director