MANILA—The first-ever Italian Film Festival Manila invites the public to discover and rediscover Italian cinema in a four-day free screening event happening this week.
Organized by the Cineforum Bresson, the Philippine Italian Association alongside the Embassy of Italy to the Philippines, and in partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), proudly present the first installation of the Italian Film Festival Manila. Happening on September 29 (Thursday) until October 2 (Sunday), at the Venice Grand Canal Cineplex at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig.
The four-day film festival offers a promising line-up of seven acclaimed feature-length films from varying genres including drama, thriller, romance, and comedy, offering a great look at the contemporary Italian cinema that Filipino moviegoers will surely enjoy.
“We hope that there is an interest, not just a curiosity, but pure intrigue that comes from watching these movies that rose from shared intimate stories and independent narratives that will make the Filipino moviegoers appreciate the Italian culture and contemporary cinema,” said Antonio Termenini, director of the Cineforum Bresson association and the Asian Film Festival.
“It’s important for us to promote the [Italian] contemporary cinema. The selection of the movies is aimed to reflect that diverse scene, showing different genres from the works of old and new directors. We hope that we chose movies that the Filipino audience can truly appreciate and relate to,” he added.
The event also includes a talkback session at the end of each film screening. Selected screenings outside the film festival will happen as well over the week in Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) Cavite and Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU).
“Film screenings are effective ways of bringing together a community. We hope this event could foster more opportunities as an environment for cultural exchange in the future,” Alessandro Milani, General Manager of the Philippine-Italian Association added.
The festival screening opens with Venice Film Festival 2021 contender, America Latina by the acclaimed directors Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo this September 29 at 7:30 P.M.
Film Screening Schedules
Screening: September 29, 7:30 P.M.
2021, Italy, Drama/Mystery/Thriller, 90’.
Filmmakers: Damiano D’Innocenzo, Fabio D’Innocenzo.
Film synopsis: Massimo is a dentist from Latina, happily married with two daughters. One day he goes down to the cellar for housework and finds a girl tied up and gagged, asking for help.
IL SILENZIO GRANDE (THE GREAT SILENCE)
Screening: September 30, 5:30 P.M.
2021, Italy, 106’, Comedy.
Filmmaker: Alessandro Gassmann
Film synopsis: In Naples in the 1960s, Mrs. Primic decides to sell the family villa with the consent of almost all the heirs. The only one who objects is Valerio who feels like a stranger among his loved ones. A story dense with misunderstandings, conflicts and confrontations within this dysfunctional family, that discovers that “existing” is not necessarily the same as “being alive”.
UNA NOTTE DA DOTTORE (DOCTOR ON CALL)
Screening: September 30, 8:00 P.M.
2021, Italy, 92’, Comedy
Filmmaker: Guido Chiesa
Film synopsis: After a night of daring (mis)adventures. Pierfrancesco, a doctor making house calls on the night shift, and Mario, a pizza delivery rider, learn to support each other and improve their respective lives.
Screening: October 1, 5:30 P.M.
2021, Italy, 121’, drama, R.
Filmmaker: Jonas Carpignano
Film synopsis: Chiara Guerrasio is a bright young girl with a strong personality who is very much loved by her father. When he leaves for a long business trip hidden truths about her family emerge which impact the balance in her life.
Screening: October 1, 8:00 PM.
2021, Italy, 120’, drama.
Filmmaker: Silvio Soldini
Film synopsis: The life of Camilla, a successful lawyer, is turned upside down by a car accident which fatally wounded a boy and for which she feels responsible. With the support of Bruno, the mortician who identified the deceased, Camilla tries to rediscover herself.
L’ARMINUTA (THE RETURN)
Screening: October 2, 2:30 PM.
2021, Italy, 114’, Drama.
Filmmakers: Giuseppe Bonito
Film synopsis: August, 1975. A thirteen-year-old girl is taken away from what she thought was her family and returned to the home where she rightfully belongs. Having lost the ease of her previous life she has to learn how to live in a small and austere home with five brothers.
LASCIARSI UN GIORNO A ROMA (BREAKING UP IN ROME)
Screening: October 2, 5:30 PM.
2021, Italy/Spain, Comedy/Romance, 116’.
Filmmakers: Edoardo Leo
Film synopsis: There is nothing more complex than dealing with a breakup after ten years of living together. One needs to find the right ways and words … and it may require the advice of a columnist to learn how to proceed. But what happens if this request for advice ends up with the person one is breaking up with?
The Italian Film Festival Manila will be screening its films from September 29-October 2, 2022. To learn more about the screening schedules, talkbacks, and other event-related announcements, go to https://philippineitalianassociation.org/events/2022/9/29/italian-film-festival.
The Italian film festival Manila is organized by Cineforum Bresson, thanks to the support of the Direzione Generale per il Cinema e l’Audiovisivo, and with the financial support of the Embassy of Italy to the Philippines; locally organized by The Philippine Italian Association, in partnership with the Venice Grand Canal Mall, the Film Development Council of the Philippines, the MINT College, the Italian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, Ateneo Association of European Studies Students, and UP Euro-Filipino Understanding and Relations Organization; in media partnership with Art+ magazine and The Philippine Business and News.
Text by Katherine Flor Castillo. Photos provided by the Philippine Italian Association.