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Films From Italy

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 tackles another aspect of corruption: corruption in local Government. ... In the Naples of today a ... Read more
Using live photography and animation, the film demonstrates the importance of a properly balanced diet, and how to achieve it. ... Read more
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 intriguing are those covering his relationship with actors (and especially actresses) and his methods of ... 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 murder of St Sebastian, was painted by a mysterious man who disappeared years ago. As soon as Stefano ... Read more
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 to his family in India, the other he kept for himself. For 40 years, he used it to share his new ... Read more
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 latest—a densely textured, plaintive film about the friendship between two boys from different ... Read more
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 10-year-old Michele lives a carefree life in a small town with his mother and younger sister, Maria ... Read more
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 within a skeletal plot, landscapes charged with loneliness, the strong yet subtle technique of a ... Read more
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 a director's intentions, how to enjoy cinema. Scorsese takes us to back to his Sicillian roots ... Read more
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 sixteen, Domenico leaves his crowded parents' flat in a suburb of Milan, to look for his first job ... Read more
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 sixteen. Domenico leaves his parents' crowded flat in a suburb of Milan to look for his first job ... Read more
“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 intense exploration of a man entering a self-imposed prison - an island seminary in Venice. Andrea ... Read more
“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 realist filmmaker Ken Loach (The Wind that Shakes the Barley, MIFF 06), It's a Free World delves ... Read more
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 Italy or leave. Having witnessed the exodus of many friends already, Gustav thinks it's time to go ... Read more
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 history of his native country, his style still wedded to measured and complex long takes, his ... Read more
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 has reverently and meticulously recaptured the acting styles, costumes and flat, two dimensional sets ... Read more
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's All True and Absolute Beginners to his recent music clips. ... Read more
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 of children's books and he conducts historical research. After three weeks in which there is no trace ... Read more
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 revolutionary 1960 opus, La Dolce Vita, featuring a fully restored print courtesy of Gucci and The Film ... Read more
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 and had budgets to match his tracking-shot visions, each successive Bertolucci movie has refused to ... Read more
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 impressions have been assimilated, and the characters have defined themselves in their situation ... Read more
“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 Roman winter. Days and nights are filled by perfecting performances and waiting for warmer weather to ... Read more
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
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 the South, and their struggle to liberate themselves from oppression. Planned as three episodes ... Read more
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