The Festival of Italian Cinema is being extended this year, for the first time, to the city of Angra do Heroísmo, in the Azores, where eight films will be screened, October 18 and 21, the organization revealed today.
“One of the objectives for this year is already fulfilled: a significant increase in the number of cities in Portugal and in Portuguese-speaking countries, where we will be present,” the association Il Sorpasso, which organizes the initiative, said in a press release.
The 11th edition of the Italian Cinema Festival took place in 17 Portuguese cities, as well as other Portuguese-speaking countries such as Angola, Mozambique and Brazil.
In Angra do Heroísmo, where it takes place for the first time, starts on the 18th, at 9:00 pm (one more hour in Lisbon), with the film ‘The Place’, ‘a drama about the hidden side of the human soul’, by Paolo Genovese, director of ‘Perfetti sconosciuti’ (‘Friends, Friends, Mobile to the Party’).
On the 19th, the Cultural and Congress Center of Angra do Heroísmo exhibited, at the same time, the comedy “In War for Love”, by the comedian Pif, “an ironic and intelligent reflection on the Mafia” in Sicily.
The next day, there is a double session, with the first scheduled screening at 6:00 pm: ‘The Phantom of Sicily’, the new film by the duo Antonio Piazza and Fabio Grassadonia, who also tackles the Mafia in southern Italy and opened the ‘ Semaine de la Critique ‘at the Cannes Film Festival.
At 9 pm, the film ‘Cá Por Casa Tudo Bem’ by Gabriele Muccino (author of ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ and ‘The Last Kiss’) is shown, which tells the story of a family caught in the island of Ischia in Naples due to a storm, and has to deal with “grudges and hypocrisies hidden for many years.”
The Italian Film Festival ends on Sunday at 9pm with the thriller ‘The Girl in the Fog’, the first cinematographic work of the writer Donato Carrisi.
Before, at 16:00, “Raffaello – the prince of the arts”, “a digression through the work of the painter Raffaello Sanzio (1483-1520) told through multiple unique and unpublished points of view” is exhibited.
At 6:30 p.m., he passes one of the greatest classics of Italian cinema ever, “Cinema Paraíso”, “a touching and unforgettable story about the magic of cinema”.
The program also includes the children’s film ‘Pipì, Pupù and Rosmarina and the Mystery of Stolen Notes’, by Enzo d’Alò, on the 19th, at 10:30 am, and an atelier with animated short films for the youngest, on the 21st, at 2:00 p.m.
The initiative, supported by the municipality of Angra do Heroísmo and the Ministry of Cultural Activities in Italy, also provides an open Italian class with a professor at the Italian Cultural Institute, on the 20th, at 16:00.
The 11th Festival of Italian Cinema this year began in April, in Lisbon, with the exhibition of about 50 films of Italian production, and has since gone through 15 more Portuguese cities such as Porto, Cascais, Setúbal, Almada, Coimbra Aveiro, Évora, Viseu, Beja, Moita, Tomar, Loulé, Viana do Castelo, Caldas da Rainha and Funchal.