wed 2 mar


Italy | 2010 | col | 90 mins | dir. John Turturro, with Mina, Avion Travel, Pietra Montecorvino, Massimo Ranieri, Lina Sastri, Peppe Barra, Raiz, Pino Daniele, John Turturro cert. tbc | in Italian with English subtitles | UK premiere

A journey through the largest jukebox in the world, the lush homeland of song that is Naples. Passion is a musical   treasure chest and, indeed, begins with the founding myth of the muses. Songs and singers, musicians and poets, real and legendary characters all cross paths in one of the most beautiful, famous and controversial metropolises in the world, a city that embodies the very vibrancy of life.  

Q&A: Irene Bignardi - Peppe Servillo (Singer and actor)



wed 2 mar


We Believed

Noi credevamo

Italy | 2010 | col | 170 mins | dir. Mario Martone, with Luigi Lo Cascio, Valerio Binasco, Francesca Inaudi, Guido Caprino, Renato Carpentieri | cert. tbc | in Italian with English subtitles | UK premiere

Following the fierce Bourbon repression of the political movements of 1828 which touched all their families, three young me, from the south of Italy decide to join Giuseppe Mazzini’s 'Giovane Italia'. Through four separate episodes, each reflecting hidden episodes in the birth of Italian unification, the lives of Domenico, Angelo and Salvatore will be tragically marked by their revolutionary mission and the conspiracy it entails, as they balance moral rigour and murderous impulses in a spirit of sacrifice and fear.

Q&A: Irene Bignardi - Mario Martone (Director) and Luigi Lo Cascio (actor)

thu 3 mar

And Peace on Earth

Et in terra pax

Italy | 2010 | col | 89 mins | dir. Matteo Botrugno, Daniele Coluccini, with Maurizio Tesei, Ughetta D'Onorascenzo, Michele Botrugno, Fabio Gomiero, Germano Gentile, Simone Crisari, Riccardo Flammini cert. tbc | in Italian with English subtitles UK premiere

On the distant outskirts of Rome, crime and drugs tie several parallel stories together which gradually become one. The exchange of a moped for a bit of cocaine brings the plot into focus. Once the main characters meet, they will leave a trail of blood, fire and violence behind them. Official Selection, Tokyo International Film Festival 2010.

Q&A: Adrian Wootton - Matteo Botrugno (Director) and Daniele Coluccini


thu 3 mar

Lost Kisses

I baci mai dati

Italy | 2010 | col | 84 mins | dir. Roberta Torre, with Donatella Finocchiaro, Carla Marchese, Pino Mico, Giuseppe Fiorello cert. tbc | in Italian with English subtitles UK premiere

Summer. The blazing outskirts of a city in Italy's south: Librino, Catania, a sprawling city within a city. Manuela, thirteen, and her family: her mother Rita, a fierce woman who will not surrender to disillusionment, her sister Marianna, beautiful and inaccessible, a Paris Hilton of the city limits, and Giulio, her hasbeen father. Manuela rides on her old scooter with her head filled with just two things: Giuseppe, the boy she is in love with, and the dreams she wants to come true.


fri 4 mar

Basilicata Coast to Coast

Italy | 2009 | col | 105 mins | dir. Rocco Papaleo, with Alessandro Gassman, Paolo Briguglia, Max Gazzè, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Rocco Papaleo, Claudia Potenza cert. tbc | in Italian with English subtitles | UK premiere

Nicola, Salvatore, Rocco, and Franco were members of a band when they were younger but now they’ve gone their separate ways. Their passion for music, however, survives and they decide to reform and attend a music festival in Southern Italy, their first reunion in ten years. An exciting adventure filled with unexpected accidents and encounters unfolds after a female reporter joins them.

Q&A: Amy Raphael - Paolo Briguglia


fri 4 mar

Angels of Evil

Vallanzasca, gli angeli del male

Italy | 2010 | col | 125 mins | dir. Michele Placido, with Kim Rossi Stuart, Valeria Solarino, Filippo Timi, Paz Vega, Moritz Bleibtreu | cert. tbc | in Italian with English subtitles | preview screening

Milan, the seventies, the underworld is dominated by the unchallenged power of Francis Turatello, nicknamed 'Faccia d’angelo' (Angel Face) when Vallanzasca’s gang arrive on the scene. Having begun his criminal career at an early age, he is now the leader of a gang made up of his childhood friends, drug addicts and juvenile delinquents who have progressed from robbery to one murder after another. The life, the crimes, the arrests and the prison break of the notorious gangster Renato Vallanzasca and his gang is a cinematic saga that also offers a broader picture of Italy's recent history.

Q&A: Amy Raphael - Kim Rossi Stuart (actor)


sat 5 mar

Sorelle Mai

Italy | 2010 | col | 110 mins | dir. Marco Bellocchio, with Pier Giorgio Bellocchio, Elena Bellocchio, Donatella Finocchiaro, Letizia Bellocchio, Gianni Schicchi Gabrieli cert. tbc | in Italian with English subtitles

The film comprises six episodes of a single story filmed in Bobbio over six years between 1999 and 2008. It tells of a little girl, Elena, growing up between the age of 5 and 13, and of her mother, Sara, her uncle Giorgio, and their difficult relationship…


sat 5 mar

The Passion

La passione

Italy | 2010 | col | 105 mins | dir. Carlo Mazzacurati, with Giuseppe Battiston, Silvio Orlando, Cristiana Capotondi, Corrado Guzzanti, Stefania Sandrelli | cert. tbc in Italian with English subtitles | UK premiere

When you’re over fifty, it becomes increasingly difficult to be an up-and-coming director. Gianni Dubois hasn’t made a film for years, and now that he has the chance to direct a young TV star he can’t even think up an idea for a story. As if this wasn’t enough, a leak in his apartment in Tuscany has ruined the 16th-century fresco in the chapel next door. To avoid being sued and publicly shamed, Gianni must accept the bizarre proposal of the town major to direct the Good Friday celebrations in exchange for immunity.

Q&A: Alex Marlow Mann - Marco Pettenello (Screenplayer)


sun 6 mar

A Quiet Life

Una vita tranquilla

Italy | 2010 | col | 100 mins | dir. Claudio Cupellini, with Toni Servillo, Marco D'Amore, Francesco Di Leva, Leonardo Sprengler, Juliane Köhler, Maurizio Donadoni, Giovanni Ludeno | cert. tbc in Italian with English subtitles | UK premiere

Rosario Russo hails from southern Italy, has a young family and is perfectly integrated in his new home near Frankfurt where he runs a restaurant and hotel business. He keeps a low profile, has changed his identity and speaks impeccable German. Finally, the secrets of his dark and bloody past are behind him. Until one day, his son Diego, long forgotten and on the run, shows up at his doorstep, and his past suddenly comes back to haunt him. 

Q&A: Irene Bignardi - Toni Servillo (actor)


sun 6 mar



Italy | 2010 | col | 97 mins | dir. Stefano Incerti, with Toni Servillo, Mi Yang, cert. tbc | in Italian with English subtitles preview screening

Marino Pacileo is in his fifties. Hunched over, with a gaze that gives nothing away, he almost never talks, communicating primarily with brief, inexpressive gestures. Thanks to a red birthmark on his forehead, he is nicknamed Gorbachev. He works in the petty cash department of the Poggioreale prison and lives a sad and lonely life. Every day, after finishing his shift in a tiny office of the Neapolitan prison, Pacileo goes to the seamy, cramped backroom of a Chinese fried food shop, where he gambles...

Q&A: Alex Marlow Mann - Stefano Incerti and Toni Servillo