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Estate d’Autore: 13 new releases in order to lengthen the Italian summer season

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- Among the Italian and European titles selected for the 5th edition of FICE’s initiative are Boys Cry, Little Tito and the Aliens, Thelma and The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Estate d’Autore: 13 new releases in order to lengthen the Italian summer season
Boys Cry by the D’Innocenzo brothers

Thirteen films – including six Italian films and seven European films – are to be premiered in Italian cinemas in June in order to promote going to the cinema during the summer months. FICE - Federazione italiana cinema d’essai (Italian Association of Arthouse Cinema) is trying to make a contribution to the age-old problem of seasonality and solve the problem of stagnant scheduling that causes cinemas to become deserted with the arrival of the summer heat. "The problem with cinema attendance during the summer months is crucial. Concentrating releases at certain times of year prevents Italian cinema from taking off because films are not fully exploited," underlined Domenico Dinoia, president of FICE, at the presentation of the Estate d'Autore: Prime visioni al cinema initiative today in Rome – now in its fifth edition. "Italy shows films in cinemas for the least amount of time in comparison to other European countries," confirmed Andrea Occhipinti, president of the distributor ANICA, "an impressive number of films (and copies) are released between December and February, but with disappointing results because they are only screened for two weeks."

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A large selection of new "out of season" films is therefore due to be released, including a selection of auteur films from major international festivals, such as: Boys Cry [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo
film profile
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by the D’Innocenzo brothers, selected at Berlin International Film Festival, Little Tito and the Aliens [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Paola Randi
film profile
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by Paola Randi, very well-received at Torino Film Festival, Thelma [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Eili Harboe
interview: Joachim Trier
film profile
]
by Joachim Trier, the Norwegian 2018 Oscar candidate, The Killing of a Sacred Deer [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Yorgos Lanthimos
film profile
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by Yorgos Lanthimos, in competition at Cannes last year, Custody [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Xavier Legrand
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by Xavier Legrand (winner of Best Director and Best Debut Film at Venice), The Workshop [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Laurent Cantet
film profile
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by Laurent Cantet, Just To Be Sure [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
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by Carine Tardieu, Hippocrates [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Thomas Lilti
film profile
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by Thomas Lilti, Sea Sorrow [+see also:
trailer
interview: Vanessa Redgrave
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by Vanessa Redgrave and other Italian titles, such as Diva! [+see also:
trailer
film profile
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by Francesco Patierno, and smaller releases such as Dei [+see also:
trailer
film profile
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by Cosimo Terlizzi, Resina [+see also:
trailer
making of
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by Renzo Carbonera and Two Little Italians [+see also:
trailer
interview: Tommaso Arrighi
film profile
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by Paolo Sassanelli, presented at the latest edition of Bif&st in Bari. 

Meanwhile, pending the application of the new Italian Cinema Law that provides incentives for summer releases, data presented today at FICE's headquarters in Rome confirms that the trend is in dire need of reversal. From 1 January to 31 May 2018, cinema takings and attendance fell even further compared to the same period in 2017 (a year that was already considered particularly difficult): with takings at -6.78% and attendance at -11,92%. Last year, cinema attendance during the summer season (1 June - 31 August) came in at 10.6 million, accounting for 11.5% of cinema attendance for the whole year; while France saw an attendance of 45.7 million (21.8% of the entire year) for the same period. In short, the summer months could potentially begin to make a real impact on improving Italy’s annual box office takings.

(Translated from Italian)

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