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Israel, Lisbon, Tokyo, Toronto: Italian film across the globe

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- In April and May a number of events will take Italian films on tours in international markets

Israel, Lisbon, Tokyo, Toronto: Italian film across the globe
Sweet Dreams by Marco Bellocchio

Seven cities in Israel for seven Italian films on a tour that sets off on 1 April and concludes on 8 April. It’s the fourth edition of Cinema Italia, organised by the Adamas Italy-Israel Cultural Association in close partnership with the Italian Cultural Institutes of Tel Aviv and Haifa and held with the support of Istituto Luce CinecittàFilmitalia, the Cineteca di Bologna, the Municipality of Tel Aviv-Giaffa and the Municipality of Haifa, and in partnership with the film libraries of Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem, Holon, Herzliya, Sderot and Rosh Pina. This year’s programme features the titles that have enjoyed the biggest success both at the box office and at international festivals: there’s Sweet Dreams [+see also:
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by Marco Bellocchio and Fire at Sea [+see also:
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by Gianfranco Rosi, along with Indivisible [+see also:
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by Edoardo De Angelis, Pericle the Black [+see also:
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by Stefano Mordini, The Last Things [+see also:
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by Irene Dionisio, Italian Race [+see also:
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by Matteo Rovere, and box office champion comedy Quo Vado? [+see also:
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by Gennaro Nunziante.

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Rich in titles, the 10th edition of 8½ - Festa do Cinema Italiano in Lisbon, Portugal, will be held from 5 to 13 April by the Il Sorpasso Association with the support of the Italian Embassy and the Italian Institute of Culture. Five films will be shown in the competitive section: Un bacio [+see also:
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by Ivan Cotroneo, Fiore [+see also:
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Q&A: Claudio Giovannesi
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by Claudio Giovannesi, Ears [+see also:
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interview: Alessandro Aronadio
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by Alessandro Aronadio, Piuma [+see also:
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by Roan Johnson, and Worldly Girl [+see also:
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by Marco Danieli, along with no fewer than 14 in the Panorama section: 7 Minutes [+see also:
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by Michele Placido, What’s the Big Deal [+see also:
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by Edoardo Leo, The Confessions [+see also:
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by Roberto Andò, Sweet Dreams by Marco Bellocchio, Indivisible by Edoardo De Angelis, Lasciati andare by Francesco Amato, At War with Love [+see also:
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by Pierfrancesco Diliberto aka PifItalian Race by Matteo Rovere, Tommaso [+see also:
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by Kim Rossi Stuart, The Stuff of Dreams [+see also:
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by Gianfranco Cabiddu, I Can Quit Whenever I Want 2: Masterclass [+see also:
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by Sydney Sibilia, Se Dio vuole [+see also:
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by Edoardo Falcone, Qualcosa di nuovo [+see also:
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by Cristina ComenciniPerfect Strangers [+see also:
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by Paolo Genovese

The Altre Visioni section of the Portuguese event will meanwhile host documentaries that have already been shown at prestigious festivals, like My Italy by Bruno Colella, Spira Mirabilis [+see also:
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by Massimo D'Anolfi and Martina Parenti, The Last Things by Irene Dionisio, and Alessandro Comodin’s second film, Happy Times Will Come Soon [+see also:
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From 29 April to 5 May, the Tokyo Italian Film Festival will be held at the prestigious Asahi Hall in Ginza, during Golden Week, a period of the year dedicated in Japan to special events. The festival, which is organised by Istituto Luce – Cinecittà in partnership with Japanese publishing giant Asahi Shimbun, the Italian Embassy and the Italian Institute of Culture in Tokyo, has, in recent years, become a point of reference for Italian contemporary production. Special guests at this year’s edition will include Marco Bellocchio and Paolo Virzì with their latest films, Sweet Dreams and Like Crazy [+see also:
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, and some of their previous films, such as Good Morning, Night [+see also:
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and The Wedding Director, for Bellocchio, and Every Blessed Day [+see also:
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and Caterina in the Big City [+see also:
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for Virzì. Other titles of the 2016 season include The Confessions by Roberto Andò, Fiore by Claudio Giovannesi, Indivisible by Edoardo De Angelis, Piuma by Roan Johnson, Questi giorni [+see also:
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by Giuseppe Piccioni, I Can Quit Whenever I Want 2: Masterclass by Sydney Sibilia, A Possible Life [+see also:
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by Ivano De Matteo, What’s the Big Deal by Edoardo Leo, and the premiere of Tutto quello che vuoi [+see also:
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and Francesco Bruni. Over the course of previous editions, Tokyo has hosted over 100 talented Italian directors, and over 30 titles have been sold to Japanese distributors. The average number of viewers is always over 14,000.

Last but not least, certain important Italian documentaries have been selected for Hot Docs, the International Documentary Festival in Toronto which will be held from 27 April to 7 May. They include The Challenge [+see also:
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by Yuri Ancarani in the Magnificent Obsessions section, Liberami [+see also:
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by Federica Di Giacomo (which won the award for Best Film in the Orizzonti section at the Venice Film Festival in 2016) in the World Showcase section, and The Last Resort [+see also:
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by Thanos Anastopoulos and Davide Del Degan (Séances Spéciales at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, winner of Best Documentary at the Hellenic Film Academy Awards in 2017). Hot Docs is the biggest documentary festival in North America, with a selection of over 150 cutting edge documentaries from Canada and all over the world every year. Through its programmes, Hot Docs gives documentary professionals market and networking opportunities.

(Translated from Italian)

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