Sunday, June 24, 2012

Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love Has Canadian Premiere at ICFF

The inaugural Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF) kicks off in Toronto on Tuesday June 26th to coincide with Italian Heritage Month. The festival runs from June 26th to July 1st and will feature Woody Allen’s much anticipated TO ROME WITH LOVE as the festival’s closing night film. The Italian Contemporary Film Festival will shine a spotlight on a wide array of Italian films ranging from comedies and dramas to documentaries and shorts. Here is a small sample of some of the films that will be screening at the festival:

TO ROME WITH LOVE (Canadian Premiere)
Director: Woody Allen
TO ROME WITH LOVE is a story about a number of people in Italy — some American, some Italian, some residents, some visitors — and the romances, adventures and predicaments they get into.

Director: Emanuele Crialese
Italy’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2011 Academy Awards, Emanuele Crialese (Respiro, The Golden Door) combines the dreamy, magical-realist quality that runs through his work with a hard-hitting social critique in TERRAFERMA. Filippo, whose father was lost at sea years ago, lives with his mother and grandfather on a small island off the coast of Sicily in this lyrical moral tale for our times.

Director: Ivan Cotroneo
Noted screenwriter Ivan Cotroneo (I AM LOVE starring Tilda Swinton) makes an impressive directorial debut with this sharply observed, bittersweet comedy about a large, colourful family in 1970s Naples.

Director: Gennaro Nunziante
CHE BELLA GIORNATA made Italian box office history in 2011 by becoming the most successful Italian film of all time. This crowd-pleaser stars popular stand-up comic Zalone as an exuberant mamma’s boy who lands a job guarding the Madonnina, the uppermost statue of Milan’s Duomo cathedral. Unbeknownst to him, the beautiful young Arab woman Farah (Nabira Akkari) who befriends him is actually planning to plant a bomb atop the cathedral.

Director: Nanni Moretti
Nanni Moretti’s comedy takes an imaginary, satirical peek behind Vatican walls at Melville (Michel Piccoli), a cardinal surprisingly elected pope by his peers. At a critical moment before he must address his new flock, Melville insists he can't take the job.

The ICFF website has the full list of films screening and ticket information.

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