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HANDS ON THE CITY (Francesco Rosi, 1963)
Francesco Rosi first received critical attention for his La Sftda then I Magluui, and two years ago, for the outstanding study of the Sicilian bandit Sahatoie Ciuhano. His new film, Hands On The City… Read more

Highlands in Toscana (Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti, 1961)
Using live photography and animation, the film demonstrates the importance of a properly balanced diet, and how to achieve it. ... Read more

HITCHCOCK: THE THRILL OF GENIUS (Francesco Bortolini, Claudio Masenza, 1985)
This is a fascinating documentary about Alfred Hitchcock, made for Italian television. Some interviews deal with Hitchcock's intellectual approach to the creative process, but more revealing and intr… Read more

"One of my favourite giallo films." – Eli Roth ... A young painter named Stefano is sent to a rural Italian village to restore a fresco in a local church. The picture, which depicts the mu… Read more

I FOR INDIA (Sandhya Suri, 2005)
In 1965, Yash Pal Suri left India for the UK. The first thing he did on his arrival in England was buy two Super 8 cameras, two projectors and two reel-to-reel recorders. One set of equipment he sent… Read more

I PREFER THE SOUND OF THE SEA (Mimmo Calopresti, 2000)
Two of Mimmo Calopresti's feature films have been selected for competition at Cannes. Not bad for a documentary filmmaker who decided to make the switch to drama just five years ago. Calopresli's lat… Read more

I'M NOT SCARED (Gabriele Salvatores, 2004)
I'm Not Scared (Io Non Ho Paura) Italy The latest film from Italian maestro Gabriele Salvatores (Mediterraneo) is a taut thriller set in the sun-drenched southern Italian countryside. It is 1978 and … Read more

IL GRIDO (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1957)
II Grtdo, which is immediately pre-L'Aventttra in the Antonioni canon, has the same classical purity and simplicity as the later film and the same Antonioni qualities — complexity of character … Read more

IL MIO VIAGGIO IN ITALIA (Martin Scorsese, 2001)
If Martin Scorsese never made another movie, he could unquestionably sustain a career as one of the greatest ever teachers of film. This is an epic masterclass on how to watch films, how to interpret… Read more

IL POSTO (Ermanno Olmi, 1961)
Made by a young Italian director with a cast of non-professional actors, Il Posto concentrates on revealing its characters during a significant period of their lives. The story is very simple. Aged s… Read more

IL POSTO (Ermanno Olmi, 1961)
Made by a young Italian director with a cast of non-professional actors. // Posto concentrates on revealing its characters during a significant period of their lives. The story is very simple. Aged s… Read more

IN MEMORY OF MYSELF (Saverio Costanzo, 2007)
“The monastery is an extraordinary metaphor, with its rhythms and silences.” - Saverio Costanzo In Memory of Myself, Saverio Costanzo's follow-up to his award-winning 2004 debut, Private, is an … Read more

Incontri di un Giorno (Vittorio Gallo, 1947)
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IT'S A FREE WORLD (Ken Loach, 2007)
“It's also a cruel world, populated by capitalist tools and fools, schemers and dreamers of every stripe, accent and ethnicity.” - The New York Times ... The latest film from socialist and social… Read more

ITALY: LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT (Gustav Hofer, Luca Ragazi, 2011)
You have to focus on the beautiful if you're going to live in Italy. ... The lease on their apartment is up and Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi (Suddenly, Last Winter) must decide whether to stay in It… Read more

JOURNEY TO CYTHERA (Theo Angelopoulos, 1984)
The latest film from the great maverick of Greek cinema is both an affirmation of his tremendous talent and a marked development in his career. Still passionately concerned with the socio-political h… Read more

JUDEX (Georges Franju, 1963)
Judex is a homage to the past in the form of a remake of Louis Feuillade's twelve episode serial of 1916. As an affectionate tribute to this forgotten genius whose films numbered about 550. Franju ha… Read more

Julien Temple Videoreview (Paolo Nitti, 1987)
Portrait and self-portrait of a director who continues to travel between major features and music clips. Shot in Venice, the interview is peppered with excerpts from his projects from the telefilm It… Read more

KILLER (Claude Chabrol, 1969)
The crushed body of a nine-year-old boy is found in a village street, the victim of a hit-and-run driver. His father, a lonely widower of 35, has lost all that was most dear to him. He is an author o… Read more

LA DOLCE VITA (M) (Federico Fellini, 1960)
Arguably one of the greatest directors to have ever lived, Fellini forever changed the way we watched, understood and made film. This year MIFF is holding a special, one-off screening of his revoluti… Read more

LA LUNA (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1979)
Bernardo Bertolucci's new films always come as shocks More than most film-makers, each new film is a reaction against his previous work. Since he got into his international stride with The Conformist… Read more

LA NOTTE (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960)
In "La Nolle", Antonioni renews the theme of "L'Avventura" with extended and refined style. The story is told allusively at first, with frequent interpolations. It is only after a great many external… Read more

LA PIVELLINA (Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel, 2009)
“A bittersweet yet often joyful paean to the pleasures and perils of family life.” - Eye Weekly ... Even when you're part of a circus troupe, there's not a lot to do in the midst of a dreary Roma… Read more

La posa infinita (Antonello Matarazzo, 2006)
An old family portrait comes to life. A beguiling rumination on art in the age of electronic reproduction. Australian Premiere. --- D Antonello Matarazzo TD DigiBeta/2008/2 mins ... Read more

LA TERRA TREMA (Luchino Visconti, 1948)
In 1947, Visconti went to Sicily with a small amount of capital advanced by the Communist Party, to make a film that expanded into a mammoth epic on the conditions of the poor workers and peasants of… Read more

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