Tokyo is kicking off their 11th Italian Film Festival

by Marianne Wi

東京都は、第11回イタリア映画祭のキックオフ Only jesting, this blog remains English. The Italian Film Festival in Tokyo is kicking-off tomorrow and will be running until the 4th May 2011. It is the 11th festival of its kind and has always proved very popular in the past. I am excited for the Japanese and cannot wait to see what they will make of Sergio Castellitto’s La bellezza del somaro, Love and Slaps. There are 12 titles being shown this year and 7 of those will be put on a train to Osaka for a 2 day Festival on the 8th to the 9th of May 2011.

I think you will agree that the program is varied and exciting; many Italians are now living the Japanese lifestyle no doubt it will be a sellout this year too. Remember to wear something smart when you go, as I am sure you are aware the Japanese are well ahead on the designer label front, and do stop marinating in you favorite cologne before leaving home, finally do not let the old Mama Italia down.

The films shown this year are:

Baciami ancora, Kiss Me Again directed by Gabriele Muccino

Figli delle stelle , Children of the Stars directed by Lucio Pellegrini

Il primo incarico, The First Assignment directed by Giorgia Cecere

L’ultimo bacio, The Last Kiss directed by Gabriele Muccino

La nostra vita , This is our Life directed by Daniele Luchetti

I baci mai dati, Lost Kisses directed by Roberta Torre

La bellezza del somaro, Love and Slaps directed by  Sergio Castellitto

La passione , The Passion directed by Carlo Mazzacurati

La prima cosa bella, The First Beautyful Thing directed by Paolo Virzì

Mine vaganti, Loose Cannons directed by Ferzan Ozpetek

Noi credevamo , We Once Believed directed by Mario Martone

Una vita tranquilla , A Quiet Life directed by Claudio Cupellini

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