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London, Italian Film Festival ? What is going on I ask !

by Marianne Wi

Primociak is not impressed this morning, as a matter of fact Primociak is upset !

The London Italian Film Festival, has always been the highlight of my year , it has been going for 17 years usually during the month of April , it is “WAS” an interesting festival always a varied programme and always showcasing a great number of “independently” produced films, bringing the unknown producers and directors to our screens.

I was checking this morning to see when this years festival would be opening it’s gates……………. HA ! When indeed…….? it has been going since the 1st of March 2011 , I have checked my SPAM, I have checked my deleted box, niente not a single e-mail about this Festival was sent to me, I have been on the mailing list, and on the “please send me hardcopy of program”  list for the past 10 years, niente from this years Italian Film Festival, nothing about the change of venue or change of month…..

No one is more passionate about Italian films than Primociak, no one will travel further than Primociak to see the latest offerings from the Italian film industry ( you need to travel abroad as films not in the comedy category do not very often make it nationwide  ) What is going on ?

The London Italian Film Festival is running from 1st March to 6th March 2011 claims to be in its first year so I assume it is under new management ? Yes, is the answer I see Adrian Wootton is involved, he is very much the Champion and rule the roost for Italian films at the BFI London International Film Festival taking place in October of each year, he has a great repore with established directors and producers bringing to London many great Italian films, my stress level is at an all time high now, so many changes and not one e-mail.

The festival kicked off on the 1st of March with a concert at the Cadogan Hall, on the piano was Nicola Piovani.Life is Beautiful, La vita e bella saw him winning an Oscar ( thank you speach)  for Best Music, Original Dramatic Score. back in 1997.

The following films have/are being screened :

Passione, Passion directed by John Turturro

Noi credevamo, We believed directed by Mario Martone

I Baci mai dati, Lost Kisses directed by Roberta Tore

Basilicata coast to coast directed by Rocco Papaleo

Vallanzasca- Angeli del male, Angles of Evil directed by Micele Placido

Sorelle mai,Sisters Mai directed by Marco Bellocchio

La Passione, The Passion directed by Carlo Mazzacurati

Una vita tranquilla, A quiet life directed by Cladio Cupellini

Gorbaciof, Gorbaciov directed by Stefano Incerti


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Fans of Michele Placido and Kim Rossi Stuart, get your skates on !

by Marianne Wi

Tonight and tonight only “Ladies” you can attend the screening and Q&A at the Cine Lumiere , 17 Queensbury Place, London SW7 2DT at 20.40. Both Placido and Rossi Stuart will be there for the screening of Angles of Evil, Vallanzasca  Gli angeli del male or just hop along from the Pub down the road and get a quick autograph. Timing is everything , they will be arriving at the front and will also have to leave that way after the  Q&A usually a  30 minutes affair , the film is 125 minute long add the time for the Q&A, you should be seeing the two heart-throbs leaving at  23.20 ish, arrive early to avoid disappointment. If the Criminal Novel, Romanzo Criminale was your cup of tea, you will enjoy this offering from Placido also starring Rossi Stuart.

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