A week of NEW ITALIAN CINEMA has opened on June 8th in the Kyiv Cinema in the capital city. It will also take place in three other Ukrainian cities:
From June 10th – Lviv – Kinopalats Kopernik
From June 16th — Kharkiv – 8 ½ Cinema
From June 24th – Odessa – Inoteatr
Kyiv International Film Festival MOLODIST
Italian Culture Institute
N.I.C.E. (New Italian Cinema Events) Cultural Association
The programme includes the newest films from Italy, known for its great directors all over the world – Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and many others. Festival award-winning films and Oscar nominees are among the featured selection.
During the opening ceremony of the NEW ITALIAN CINEMA, held in the Kyiv Cinema, a cocktail briefing brought together organizers, partners, sponsors, guests, and media representatives. The event welcomed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Italy in Ukraine Fabrizio Romano, General Director of the Molodist KIFF Andriy Khalpakhchi, director of the Italian Culture Institute in Kyiv Anna Pastore, curator of the N.I.C.E. Cultural Institute Alberto di Mauro, Head of the Ukrainian State Film Agency Pylyp Illienko, CEO of Pravex Bank Taras Kyrychenko, Second Spring actor Claudio Botosso, guests Oleg Skrypka, Mariyka Burmaka, filmmakers, actors and other representatives of Ukrainian and Italian film industries.
The opening film – Second Spring – was presented by lead actor Claudio Botosso, and the screening was followed by a Q&A with him. Director of the film, Francesco Calogero will open the Italian film panorama in Odessa on June 24th.
General Director of the Molodist KIFF Andriy Khalpakhchi: Ukrainian audiences were always in love with Italian cinema. In the 1960-s – 1980-s, Italian movies gathered full houses. Famous names of directors and actors, such as Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Michelangelo Antonioni, Vittorio de Sica, Roberto Rossellini, Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Gina Lollobrigida, Alberto Sordi, and Monica Vitti were more popular than American film stars. Now, contemporary cinema from the Apennine peninsula is presented in four Ukrainian cities on June 8th – 30th.
Ten new movies of diverse genres, comedies and dramas, present the new spectre of Italian film art. We are happy to welcome film star Claudio Botosso in Kyiv, and director Francesco Calogero in Odessa. I'd like to express my gratitude to the Italian Culture Institute in Kyiv and the N.I.C.E. Cultural Association in Florence for organizing this amazing event, and to Pravex Bank for their support. We invite all the film fans and the widest circle of viewers not to miss this great event!
Executive director of Molodist KIFF Vladyslav Liasovskyi: Foreign embassies and cultural institutions are becoming more active in collaborating on film events and working with Molodist KIFF. NEW ITALIAN CINEMA, that we organized with the Italian Culture Institute and the N.I.C.E. Cultural Association, is an amazing example.
Italian cinema has always boasted great interest of Ukrainian audiences. This year we have a diverse programme that I recommend not to miss. We are glad to have an opportunity to show Ukrainians the Italian films of recent years, which do not get wide releases.
Director of the Italian Culture Institute Anna Pastore: In June, cinema in Kyiv will be associated with the colours of the Italian flag – same as in Lviv, Kharkiv, and Odessa. Together with our friends – Molodist and N.I.C.E. - we open the festival that the Italian Culture Institute decided to dedicate to New Italian films, namely ten movies that were made in the past two years. The festival symbolically opens with the film 'Second Spring' presented in Kyiv by lead actor Claudio Botosso. This film saw the world just four months before.
The genres of selected films are various – from comedy 'Latin Lover' to Pasolini-style 'Non Essere Cattivo'; films about youth issues ('Cloro' and 'Mi Chiamo Maya'); a movie dedicated to theatre 'Io Arlecchino'; stories based on real life ('Italo Barocco'), and Italian comedies – 'Noi e la Giulia', 'Se Dio Vuole', 'Tempo Instabile con Probabili Schiarite'. The main goal of the festival is to paint with bright colours the eternal themes like friendship, loneliness, family relations, through the prism of modern-day Italy, in particular to show the life of the country outside the big cities – on outskirts, in the countryside, in resort towns.
Films are demonstrated in the original language with English and Ukrainian subtitles.
CLORO by Lamberto Sanfelice
IO ARLECCHINO by Giorgio Pasotti
SE DIO VUOLE by Edoardo Falcone
MI CHIAMO MAYA by Tommaso Agnese
ITALO BAROCCO by Alessia Scarso
TEMPO INSTABILE CON PROBABILI SCHIARITE by Marco Pontecorvo
NON ESSERE CATTIVO by Claudio Caligari
NOI E LA GIULIA by Edoardo Leo
LATIN LOVER by Cristina Comencini
SECONDA PRIMAVERA by Francesco Calogero
Italian Culture Institute
N.I.C.E. (New Italian cinema events)
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