The Italian Cultural Institute in London will be hosting free screenings of the best contemporary Italian documentaries
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The Italian Cultural Institute will be showcasing the winning five best Italian documentaries from last year for the Doc/It Professional Award 2013, the most prestigious awards for documentary films in Italy.
The films are free to watch and will be shown every Tuesday from 14 January for 5 weeks.
14 January / 6.30pm
LE COSE BELLE
A. Ferrente and G. Piperno / 88’
Introduced by the director Agostino Ferrente and Christian Carmosino (Doc/It Professional Award Coordinator)
Ten years and ten mayors later, the directors go back to Naples to film again the 4 protagonists of their previous film. They are not anymore the kids full of hope they were, but disillusioned adults in a totally paralyzed Naples.
Special Jury Mention at MedFilm Fest and Salina DOC Fest
21 January / 6.30pm
THE BOOKSELLER OF BELFAST
Alessandra Celesia / 54’
A poetic, passionate and deeply touching portrait of a bookseller in Belfast and his intriguing and fascinating friends. A gem of a film.
Special Jury Mention at Bellaria Film Festival
Audience Award at Indie Lisboa and Festival dei Popoli
28 January / 6.30pm
Vincenzo Marra / 88’
Raffaele is 29 years old and has been in jail since he was 15. He takes us on a journey into Naples’ biggest prison, Secondigliano, where the existences of the inmates meet through small and big events.
Special Jury Mention at the Nastri d’Argento Award 2013
4 February / 6.30pm
M. D'Anolfi and M. Parenti / 80’
A military missile testing site in Sardinia that has been in a state of constant "war" since 1956. With a rigorous visual approach that eschews any explanatory commentary, the filmmakers convey disturbing insights about human intrusion into nature.
London PREMIERE Presented at Berlinale 2013
Winner of Premio Corso Salani at Trieste Film Festival
11 February / 6.30pm
WE ARE NOTHING LIKE JAMES BOND
M. Balsamo and G. Gabrielli / 73’
Guido and Mario, good friends, decide to embark on a road trip. Along the way they will explore questions about their present life, for both marked by a long struggle against cancer.
Special Jury Mention at Torino Film Festival
Happy Chinese New Year! Celebrate in style by heading to the annual parade. It’s also Pancake Day and Valentine’s Day this week, so if you needed any excuses for total indulgence, there are three pretty good ones. There are also lots of major exhibitions opening this week, as well as some exciting music at the Vault Festival.
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