Italian Film Festival

 

MittelCinemaFest, the Central European Festival of Contemporary Italian Cinema, has reached its 10th year in the Czech Republic.

As the director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Prague, Fabrizio Iurlano, emphasized, the films were selected with particular care in order to offer the widest possible view of Italy through the filter of the best Italian film production: “The festival will present 9 Czech premieres, debuts of young creators as well as works of well-known directors, starring world-famous actresses and actors as well as young talents, with topics centered on the theme of conflict between generations, interest groups, individuals, the latest Italian literature, the testimony of the representative of our time, Pope Francis, sensitive environmental issues and also a tribute to two legendary artists Ennio Morricone and Eduardo Scarpetta.”

 

The festival will open in the art nouveau hall of the Lucerna cinema in Prague on Friday, December 2 at 6:30 p.m. with the film Qui rido io (The King of Laughter) directed by Mario Martone, with a special guest, multiple awards winning actor Toni Servillo, who will attend the festival's opening ceremony. The festival continues on December 3 at 6:30 p.m. with Siccità (Dry) by Paolo Virzì and at 8:30 p.m. Mario Martone's Nostalgia, on Sunday 4 December at 16:30 Gianfranco Rosi's In viaggio (On ​​the Road), at 18:30 Chiara Bellosi's Calcinculo (Swing Ride) and at 20:30 Gianni Amelia's Il signore delle formiche (The Lord of the Ants). Two screenings are scheduled for Monday, December 5: Delta by Michele Vannucci at 6:30 p.m. and Primadonna (The Girl from Tomorrow) by Marta Savina at 8:30 p.m. On Wednesday, December 6, at 7:30 p.m., the Omaggio a Morricone (Homage to Morricone) concert will be performed by the Czech virtuosi ensemble together with the soprano Věra Talerko under the direction of maestro Walter Attanasi; the tribute to the great Italian composer, conductor and arranger will continue on Wednesday 7 December at 5:45 p.m. in the form of the documentary Ennio, shot by Giuseppe Tornatore, followed by the second screening of the film Qui rido io at 8:30 p.m.. The closing screening of the festival will start on Thursday, December 8 at 6:00 p.m. with the screening of Il colibrì (The Hummingbird) by Francesca Archibugi based on the famous novel of the same name by Sandro Veronesi.

The films will be screened in the original language with Czech and English subtitles, tickets can be purchased online or at the Lucerna cinema box office in Prague. Organized by the Embassy of Italy in Prague, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Italian-Czech Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Cinecittà and the Lucerna cinema with the support of the Municipality of the Capital City of Prague, Italia Arte Fest, and the companies Ferrero and Segafredo Zanetti; media partners: La Pagina, Progetto Repubblica Ceca, Cafè Boheme, Radio 1, CSFD, Echo 24 and expats.cz. You can find more information on the website of the festival (www.mittelcinemafest.cz) or on the homepage of the Italian Cultural Institute in Prague (https://iicpraga.esteri.it/iic_praga/it/).

 

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MittelCinemaFest: The King of Laughter Qui rido io

Beloved Neapolitan actor and playwright Eduardo Scarpetta, father of Eduardo De Filippo, devoted his entire life to the theater, achieving success with timeless works such as "Miseria e nobilta." However, everything he worked for seems lost in 1904, when he's drawn into a nasty legal battle that could compromise his freedom of expression. Show more

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MittelCinemaFest: Dry Siccità

Rome, Italy. The drought has been parching the city for three years now, and the lack of water has changed everybody’s life. While strict rules add to people’s misery, odd characters roam the streets of the capital. Outcasts, achievers, victims, and wrongdoers are all part of the same tragic picture, and they are all after the same thing: redemption. Show more

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MittelCinemaFest: Nostalgia Nostalgia

After living 40 years abroad, Felice returns to Naples and discovers again places and codes of the city, facing a past that eats him away. Show more

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MittelCinemaFest: In viaggio In viaggio

In the first nine years of his pontificate, Pope Francis made 37 trips visiting 53 countries, focusing on his most important issues: poverty, migration, the environment, solidarity and war. Intrigued by the fact that two of Francis’strips - the first to the refugees landing in Lampedusa; the second in 2021 to the Middle East - so closely mirrored the itineraries of his films Fuocoammare and Notturno, Rosi follows the Pope’s Stations of the Cross. He sees what he sees, hears what he says and creates a dialogue between archival footage of Francis’ travels, images taken by Rosi himself, recent history and the state of the world today. Show more

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MittelCinemaFest: Swing Ride Calcinculo

Benedetta, an obese fifteen-year-old yearning for attention, lives in a tawdry province in the south of Italy, emblematic of her inner landscape where everything could be and yet is not. She falls in love with Armando, aka Amanda, a young transvestite who is attracted to the young girl's innocence and begins an unhealthy relationship of mutual dependence with her. Amanda runs a carousel at the fair across the street from Benedetta's house, and the girl is magnetically drawn to this colorful and exciting world. But Amanda not only runs the carousel, she's also a call boy and sells drugs. Between intoxication and family rebellion and the discovery of sex - a great disappointment - she completes her rite of passage into adulthood. Show more

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MittelCinemaFest: The Lord of the Ants Il signore delle formiche

At the end of the sixties, a trial was held in Rome that caused a sensation. Playwright and poet Aldo Braibanti was sentenced to nine years’ prison, found guilty of plagio. That is, of having submitted another person, physically and psychologically, to his own will. In this case, a student and friend who was barely of age. The youth’s family had him committed to a psychiatric hospital and subjected to a string of devastating electroshock treatments to “cure” him of that “diabolical” influence. Some years later, the crime of plagio was removed from the Italian penal code. But by that point, it had been used to incriminate “misfits” of every kind, outlaws from the norm. Drawing inspiration from true events, the film tells a story through a chorus of voices. Other than the defendant, his family and friends, accusers and supporters take shape against a backdrop of largely distracted or indifferent public opinion. Only one journalist takes on the task of piecing together the truth, facing suspicion and censorship as he does so. Show more

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MittelCinemaFest: Delta Delta

The Po Delta is the setting of the clash between fishermen and poachers. Osso wants to save the river from overfishing at the hands of the Florians, a family on the run from the Danube. The Florians have Elia with them, who is born in those lands. Overtaken by blind violence and thirst for vengeance, the two will confront each other in the Delta fogs, discovering their real nature in a fight that has no heroes. Show more

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MittelCinemaFest: The Girl from Tomorrow Primadonna

IA is strong headed and doesn’t fit in with the rigid mindset of 1965 Sicily. What starts off like a fairytale with LORENZO soon turns into a nightmare when he takes her with brute force. According to the the moral Lia must marry the man who raped her to save her honor, accepting the common tradition of the reparatory marriage. But for the first time in Italian history she will defy all social expectations and engage a personal and legal battle for self-determination. Show more

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MittelCinemaFest: Ennio Ennio

A feature documentary directed by Giuseppe Tornatore about the life and work of legendary composer, Ennio Morricone, including interviews with renowned filmmakers and musicians, recordings from Morricone’s acclaimed world concert tours, clips of classic films scored by Morricone and exclusive footage of scenes and places that have made up Morricone’s life. Show more

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MittelCinemaFest: The King of Laughter Qui rido io

Beloved Neapolitan actor and playwright Eduardo Scarpetta, father of Eduardo De Filippo, devoted his entire life to the theater, achieving success with timeless works such as "Miseria e nobilta." However, everything he worked for seems lost in 1904, when he's drawn into a nasty legal battle that could compromise his freedom of expression. Show more

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7. 12. Wednesday

140,00 20:30
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MittelCinemaFest: The Hummingbird Il colibrì

This is the tale of the life of Marco Carrera, known as Colibrì or "the hummingbird": a life of fateful coincidences, loss, and stories of absolute love. The plot moves forward on the strength of recollections that allow us to leap from one period to another, from one era to another, in a fluid time ranging from the early 1970s to a near future.... > It is at sea that Marco meets Luisa Lattes, a beautiful, unusual young woman – a lifelong love never to be consummated and never to be extinguished. His conjugal life will be a different one, in Rome, with Marina and their daughter Adele. Marco will be hurled back to Florence by an implacable destiny that subjects him to the harshest tests. He will find Marina’s psychoanalyst Daniele Carradori to protect him and teach him how to accept the most unexpected changes of course. Il Colibrì is the story of the ancestral force of life, of the arduous struggle we all make to withstand what at times appears intolerable – also by wielding the powerful weapons of illusion, happiness, and good cheer. Show more

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8. 12. Thursday

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