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Ten Italian films winging their way to Barcelona

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- The Barcelona Italian Film Festival is back from 15-19 December, once again showcasing the crème de la crème of this year’s Italian films in the Catalonian capital

Ten Italian films winging their way to Barcelona
Love and Bullets by the Manetti Bros

They hail from Venice, Cannes, Locarno and even further afield: ten titles have been selected for the sixth edition of the Barcelona Italian Film Festival, the so-called “Festival of the Festivals”, featuring the very best in this year’s Italian films, which will unspool in the Catalonian capital from 15-19 December.

Opening proceedings will be the Manetti Bros with their Neapolitan musical Love and Bullets [+see also:
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, which was in competition at Venice this year. Marco Manetti will be at the Verdi Cinema in Barcelona to pick up the CIS Honorary Award, which is bestowed upon a prominent figure in contemporary Italian cinema every year.

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Three further films were in the Venice selection this year; they all represent the Neapolitan new wave and embrace the topic of crime in various different ways: they are the second animated feature by Alessandro RakCinderella the Cat [+see also:
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interview: Alessandro Rak
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(Orizzonti), Crater [+see also:
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interview: Silvia Luzi, Luca Bellino
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 by Silvia Luzi and Luca Bellino (Critics’ Week, and recently awarded with the Grand Jury Prize at the Tokyo Film Festival), and Equilibrium [+see also:
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interview: Vincenzo Marra
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 by Vincenzo Marra, presented this year in the Giornate degli Autori – as was Tainted Souls [+see also:
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by Matteo Botrugno and Daniele Coluccini, which, in contrast, explores the world of organised crime in Rome.

Another movie that screened in the Giornate degli Autori is Where Shadows Fall [+see also:
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interview: Valentina Pedicini
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 by Valentina Pedicini, set in Switzerland, while the comedy Easy [+see also:
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 by Andrea Magnani, a road movie from Italy to Ukraine, was acclaimed at the most recent Locarno Film Festival. Two more comedies are on the menu: Stories of Love That Cannot Belong to This World [+see also:
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interview: Francesca Comencini
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, the new movie by Francesca Comencini, presented at the Torino Film Festival, and Husband & Wife [+see also:
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by Simone Godano, which is getting a special screening. Last but not least, rocking up from Cannes is Fortunata [+see also:
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interview: Sergio Castellitto
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 by Sergio Castellitto. Four of these titles already have a Spanish distributor: Cinemaran for Stories of Love That Cannot Belong to This World and Where Shadows FallSavor Ediciones for Fortunata, and Selecta Visión for Husband & Wife.

Several big names will be accompanying the films to Barcelona: Matteo Botrugno and Daniele Coluccini, Simone Godano, Silvia Luzi and Luca Bellino, Andrea Magnani, Marco Manetti, Vincenzo Marra, Lucia Mascino, Valentina Pedicini, Edoardo Pesce and Alessandro Rak.

Furthermore, there will even be room for the short films presented in the Venice Critics’ Week this year: Adavede by Alain ParroniDue by Riccardo GiacconiGhosts of Yesterday by Manuel BilliIl legionario by Hleb PapouMalamènti by Francesco Di LevaPiccole italiane by Letizia Lamartire and Le visite by Elio Di Pace. The seven shorts will be duking it out for the €2,000 Short Award, which will be handed out by a jury comprising Dimas Luis Rodríguez Gallego, Valentina Pedicini and Toni Benages.

The Barcelona Italian Film Festival is organised by Filmitalia-Istituto Luce Cinecittà in conjunction with the Italian Cultural Institute, the Italian Consulate and the Experimental Film Centre.

(Translated from Italian)

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