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Cinema Made in Italy 2018: Love and Bullets and Rainbow among line-up

Love and Bullets

Preview by Jack Foley

THE eighth edition of Cinema Made In Italy will launch at the Ciné Lumière in South Kensington on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

Paolo Taviani’s World War II drama Rainbow (Una Questione Privata), starring Luca Marinelli and Valentina Bellé, will open the five-day event.

In addition to eight new Italian productions, the 2018 programme also includes the 1977 classic title A Special Day (Una Giornata Particolare), directed by the late maestro Ettore Scola and starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni.

One of the highlights to look forward to this year is Andrea Pallaoro’s heart-rending drama Hannah, which earned Charlotte Rampling the Best Actress Award at the 2017 Venice International Film Festival.

Other titles in the line-up which premiered in Venice are the wildly enjoyable musical Love And Bullets (Ammore e Malavita) (pictured) by Antonio and Marco Manetti; the slick and creative animation film Cinderella The Cat (Gatta Cenerentola) by Alessandro Rak; and Sebastiano Riso’s impressive second feature Una Famiglia.

Leonardo di Costanzo, who presented his award-winning film The Interval in London in 2012, will be making a welcome return with his latest feature, The Intruder (L’Intrusa), which screened in Directors’ Fortnight at last year’s Cannes International Film Festival.

Sergio Castellitto’s social melodrama Fortunata also premiered in Cannes, in Un Certain Regard, landing Jasmine Trinca with the section’s Best Actress Award for her gritty performance as a poverty-stricken single mother.

Lucia Mascino also delivers a stunning performance in Stories of Love That Cannot Belong To This World (Amori Che Non Sanno Stare al Mondo), by acclaimed director Francesca Comencini.

Cinema Made In Italy is organised by Istituto Luce-Cinecittà’s promotional department in Rome (Filmitalia), with the support of the Italian Cultural Institute in London, the official agency for the promotion of Italian language and culture in England and Wales.

For further details on their activities, please visit the website or this link.

The films were selected by Adrian Wootton, CEO of Film London. As always, screenings will be followed by film-maker Q&A sessions, giving viewers the chance to become engaged in lively discussions.

Wednesday, March 7
6.30pm – Rainbow
Intro and Q&A with Paolo Taviani (director)

Thursday, March 8
6.15pm – Stories of Love that cannot belong to this World
Intro and Q&A with Francesca Comencini (director)

Friday, March 9
6.30pm – Hannah
Intro and Q&A with Andrea Pallaoro (director)

8.40pm – Love and Bullets
Intro and Q&A with Antonio and Marco Manetti (directors)

Saturday, March 10
6.30pm – The Intruder

8.40pm – Fortunata
Intro and Q&A with Jasmine Trinca (actress)

Sunday, March 11
2pm – A Special Day

4pm – Cinderella the Cat
Intro and Q&A with Alessandro Rak (director)

6.30pm – Una Famiglia
Intro and Q&A with Sebastiano Riso (director)