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The Festa do Cinema Italiano takes Italian film from Portugal to Brazil

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- The festival will unspool from 4-14 April in over 20 cities, including Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra and Funchal, before jetting off to Brazil in August

The Festa do Cinema Italiano takes Italian film from Portugal to Brazil
Piranhas by Claudio Giovannesi

The 12th edition of the Festa do Cinema Italiano (Italian Film Party) kicks off on 4 April and will unspool until the 14th in more than 20 cities across the entirety of Portugal, including Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra and Funchal. Once again this year, plenty of space will be dedicated to contemporary Italian film, as more than 50 pictures will be presented, spanning features, documentaries and short films, the majority of which are being screened in Portugal for the first time. 

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Among the most high-profile premieres in the Panorama section are Piranhas [+see also:
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 by Claudio Giovannesi, winner of the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the 2019 Berlinale; Romulus & Remus – The First King [+see also:
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 by Matteo RovereMagical Nights [+see also:
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 by Paolo Virzì; Lucia’s Grace [+see also:
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by Gianni Zanasi; Euphoria [+see also:
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 by Valeria Golino; Io sono tempesta [+see also:
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 by Daniele LuchettiOn My Skin [+see also:
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 by Alessio CremoniniLoro [+see also:
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by Paolo Sorrentino; Una storia senza nome [+see also:
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by Roberto Andò; and Santiago, Italia [+see also:
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 by Nanni Moretti, winner of the David di Donatello Award for Best Documentary. The Roman auteur will also be the subject of a wide-ranging retrospective organised in conjunction with the Portuguese Film Library.

Furthermore, some room will be left for works by young Italian directors, including in the competitive section: Daughter of Mine [+see also:
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by Laura BispuriBangla [+see also:
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by Phaim Bhuiyan; Likemeback [+see also:
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by Leonardo Guerra SeràgnoliMamma + Mamma [+see also:
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by Karole Di TommasoMenocchio the Heretic [+see also:
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by Alberto Fasulo, which was honoured at Annecy and Tours; Wherever You Are [+see also:
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 by Bonifacio Angius; and Boys Cry [+see also:
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by Damiano and Fabio D'Innocenzo.

A special programme will be devoted to documentaries on great Italian art, such as Caravaggio: The Soul and the Blood [+see also:
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 by Jesus Garces Lambert, which grossed €1.5 million and won an Italian Golden Globe last year, handed out by the foreign press in Italy; Raffaello – Il principe delle arti, in 3D [+see also:
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 by Luca Viotto; and Michelangelo - Endless [+see also:
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 by Emanuele Imbucci, which took €832,000 at the national box office. They will be joined by The Man Who Stole Banksy [+see also:
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 by Marco Proserpio, a fascinating documentary on the black market for street art.

In the Altre Visioni (Other Visions) section, dedicated to the most experimental works, audiences will be able to enjoy Achille Tarallo [+see also:
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 by Antonio CapuanoCamorra [+see also:
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 by Francesco Patierno and The Vice of Hope [+see also:
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by Edoardo De Angelis, which won the David di Donatello Award for Best Supporting Actress earlier this year, for the work of Marina Confalone.

Guests due to present their works at the gathering include actor Alessandro Borghi, who toplines Romulus & Remus – The First King and On My Skin, as well as Daniele Luchetti, Roberto Andò, Matteo Rovere, Gianni Zanasi, Claudio Giovannesi, Alberto Fasulo, Karole Di Tommaso, Leonardo Guerra Seràgnoli and Phaim Bhuiyan. The Festa do Cinema Italiano – supported by the Istituto Luce – Cinecittà, the MiBACT’s Directorate of Cinema, the Italian Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Lisbon – has grown exponentially over the years and is today considered one of the most appealing and highly respected film festivals in the entire country. What’s more, the event does not wrap in Portugal, but continues its run in Portuguese-speaking Africa (Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, and São Tomé and Principe) and will even be jetting off to Brazil in August for a grand closing event, thus racking up more than 40,000 viewers on three separate continents.

(Translated from Italian)

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