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Italian Cinema

Italian Cinema

Italy's film industry grew in international stature following World War II, defined by titans such as Rosselini, Visconti, Fellini and De Sica. Today Italy's film industry remains vibrant, and the status of the Rome Film Festival has been growing in recent years. Our selection of films includes new movies such as Twin Flower by the young director Laura Luchetti, as well as a representative of the classic Spaghetti Western (The Great Silence, from 1968).

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Italian Cinema
  • The Mayor of Rione Sanità

    Antonio Barracano (Francesco Di Leva) is the young and vigorous “mayor” of Rione Sanità. Priding himself as a “man of honor,” Barracano presides over the “two cities” of Naples – the legal and the criminal – where he distinguishes between the “decent people and scoundrels.” But when he is asked ...

  • Nevia

    Nevia is a poor, seventeen-year-old girl who lives in the suburbs of Naples with her aunt, grandmother, and little sister Enza. Determined to get more out of life than what fate has in store for her, she struggles to find her way in a society where men make all the rules. Everything changes, howe...

  • Bangla

    Phaim (Phaim Bhuiyan) is a 22-year-old Muslim of Bangladeshi origin, who lives with his family in Rome’s multiethnic Torpignattara neighborhood and works as a museum steward. One night at a concert for his band, he meets Asia (Carlotta Antonelli), a free-spirited Italian girl who is his exact opp...

  • Faith

    An isolated monastery in the Italian hills. A kung fu master. A community of Christian monks with a touch of Asian disciplines. A single faith: to fight evil in the name of the Father... For twenty years, former martial arts champions the Warrior of Light have been preparing for a “higher” war am...

  • Where I've Never Lived

    After an accident forces him to be bedridden, aging architect Manfredi (Giulio Brogi) asks his daughter Francesca (Emmanuelle Devos) to help him with the renovation of a lakeside villa in Turin. Francesca, who had quit the family business to live in Paris with her husband, reluctantly agrees and ...

  • If Life Gives You Lemons

    Seventeen-year-old Antonio (Giampiero De Concilio) dreams of becoming a football star. Miriam (Anna Foglietta), his mother, dreams of rebuilding her family following the abandonment of her husband. When a football scout turns their eye to Antonio, the family dynamic changes.

    The directorial feat...

  • The Place

    The fates of an apparently random group of strangers who each come into contact with a mysterious figure who they believe possesses the power to grant any wish, in return for which they must carry out a task he assigns them. An adaptation of the 2010 American TV series, The Booth at the End.

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  • Selfie

    Alessandro and Pietro are 16 years-old and live in Naples, district of Traiano where, in the summer of 2014, Davide Bifolco, also 16, was shot by a policeman who mistook him for a fugitive. They are inseparable friends, Alessandro works as a waiter in a bar, Pietro dreams to become a hairdresser....

  • Sun, Heart, Love

    Lifelong friends Eli (Isabella Ragonese) and Vale (Eva Grieco) have chosen very different paths in life: Eli has four children, an unemployed husband and a job with an almost impossible commute. Vale is single, a dancer and performer and makes ends meet by working in clubs. Tied by a profound emo...

  • The Predators

    This is the story of two very different families. The Pavone are intellectuals and come from the bourgeoisie. The Vismara are fascists and proletarian. A trivial accident brings these two polar opposites together and sets them on a collision course. Soon it becomes clear... they all have secrets,...

  • Italian Race

    A passion for engines has always run through the veins of Giulia De Martino (Matilda De Angelis of the HBO Original Series THE UNDOING) – she comes from a family that has been producing motorsports champions for generations. She’s an aspiring star too – an exceptional talent who at only seventeen...

  • Molecules

    Between February and April 2020, director Andrea Segre, a resident of Rome, became stuck in his father's hometown of Venice during the initial COVID pandemic lockdown. At the time, he was working on two theater and movie projects about the wounds of the city: tourism and high water. While filming...

  • The Lamb

    Anita (Nora Stassi) is a rebellious sixteen-year-old living in rural Sardina, who is caring for her ailing father while he desperately waits for a bone marrow transplant. Neither she nor her grandfather are a suitable match but her ex-drug addict uncle may be a compatible donor. Unfortunately, th...

  • Il Demonio

    Directed by frequent Fellini collaborator Brunello Rondi, IL DEMONIO tells a tragic story of obsessive love, set in a rural Southern Italian village where Christianity has integrated with old superstitious beliefs. Daliah Lavi, best known to genre fans for her role as the tortured protagonist in ...

  • Caro Diario

    Nanni Moretti recounts three entries from his “diary” in the hilarious and intimate self-reflective comedy CARO DIARIO, which follows the filmmaker’s musing on cinema atop a Vespa, a trip to the Aeolian Islands to work on his new screenplay, and his search for health and wellness after breaking o...

  • Human Capital

    Based on Stephen Amidon's acclaimed novel, director Paolo Virzì's HUMAN CAPITAL presents a riveting and stylish modern day morality tale of class, green and desire. With a lavish home and beautiful wife, hedge-fund manager Giovanni Bernaschi seemingly has it all. Meanwhile, real estate agent Dino...

  • Troubling Love

    What happened to Amalia? Who was with her the night she died? Her daughter Delia is saddened bythe news, but not surprised. She considers her mother to be a disgrace even before she hears of the sordid circumstances of her death. Delia travels home to Naples for the funeral and tries to piece tog...

  • Garibaldi's Lovers

    GARIBALDI'S LOVERS presents a fizzy ride through a magical vision of metropolitan Italy, while at the same time casting a critical eye on modern life in the city. Widowed plumber Leo is struggling to deal with the growing pains of his two adolescent children, when his life intersects with pennile...

  • The Days of Abandonment

    Olga's life is shattered when her husband abandons her. This prompts her to fall into a period of self-degradation and self-destructive behaviour. The attractive forty-something mother of two, was still very much in love with her husband, but he became restless and distant, and eventually left he...

  • The Dinner

    Based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Herman Koch, THE DINNER turns an ordinary meal among family into a taut morality play as the limits of polite society are tested and two brothers discover just how little they know about each other. Massimo is a posh and successful attorney; Paolo,...

  • Twin Flower

    Sixteen-year-old Anna is on the run, escaping from a violent event that has not only traumatized her but left her voiceless. On the road she is rescued by Basim, a teenage illegal immigrant from Ivory Coast. Together they embark on a perilous journey through the deserted lands, woods, villages an...

  • Wondrous Boccaccio

    Set against the backdrop of a 14th century, black plague-stricken Florence, ten young men and women escape to a country estate where they spend their days telling stories of love, fate, and resurrection. From legendary Italian filmmaking brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, directors of the Palme...

  • Salvo

    From the producer of such international hits as MELANCHOLIA, WINTER SLEEP, PERSEPOLIS and many more, comes Cannes award-winning thriller SALVO. A hitman for the Sicilian Mafia, Salvo is solitary, cold and ruthless. When he sneaks into a house on an assignment, he discovers Rita, an innocent youn...

  • Come Undone

    Anna has everything she thought she could ever need: a respectable career, a caring family, and a loving partner, Alessio. But when she meets Domenico, a handsome, married waiter, her neatly ordered world begins to fall apart. They quickly fall into a heated affair, based on secret meetings, stol...