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Italian films being shown in Malta for Cinema Italia
Some of the top Italian films, which have been released in the last few years, are being shown in Malta for the first time as part of the Cinema Italia @ Malta festival. The festival will finally be returning to the cinema at Spazju Kreattiv, following last year’s online edition.
The festival will be running from Friday 24 July and will also include a tribute to the ‘father of the Italian language’, on the occasion of the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri.
Cinema Italia @ Malta opens with Notturno by Gianfranco Rosi, the director of well-known and award-winning works like Fuocammare and Sacro Gra. He also filmed his latest work in three tears in the Middle East. The film narrates the daily struggles and life of a community that adapts through think and thin, despite being immersed in the continuous drama of civil wars, invasions and dictatorships.
Next in line is Volevo Nascondermi by Giorgio Diritti, a biopic artist dedicated to artist Antonio Ligabue. Elio Germano, the actor who interprets the artist, sheds a light on the inner turmoil that plagued the artist’s life. The film did extremely well at the David di Donatello 2021 awards, winning the awards for best director, best cinematographer, best film, best actor in a leading role, best art direction, best hairdresser and best sound. The film will be showing on Saturday with English subtitles.
Showing on the same day is Paolo Conte, of Giorgio Verdelli. Via Con Me, dedicated to an extremely talented interpreter of Italian music. The documentary traces the almost 50-year-long career of Conte, featuring friends, songs and concerts of the artist.
In Pietro Macello’s Martin Eden, which is an adaptation of Jack London’s novel, Luca Marinelli plays the lead role. The film, which will be showing on Sunday, tells a story of the professional and personal birth, or should we say rebirth, set in Naples.
Cinema Italia @ Malta ends on 24 July, with the screening of 1911 silent movie L’Inferno. Adapted from the first canticle of Dante’s La Divina Commedia, the film is considered to be the first colossal film in the history of Italian movies. It was restored in 2011.
Cinema Italia @ Malta was brought to life by the Italian Cultural Institute in Valletta and was organised with Spazju Kreattiv, in collaboration with the Master’s in Film Studies, the Faculty of Arts at the University of Malta, under the auspices of the Italian Embassy.