“For many movie lovers, the festival has become an event, which is expected,” – said at the opening of the 8th Festival of Italian cinema the Italian Ambassador in Russia Cesare Maria Ragaglini on 09 Mar 2017. “This year we will not deceive the expectations of the audience,” he said.
The objective of the Festival, which runs until 28 March 2017 is to show to Russians of different cities a modern Italy, its life and emotions through the best works of Italian cinema. In retrospect will take part 10 films presented recently at the 73rd Venice film festival.
Comparing to the previous festivals, the 8-th Festival expands the audience because his partner this year is Karo Film (a cinema “October” on Novy Arbat in Moscow, “Rodina” in St. Petersburg, “Victory” in Novosibirsk and “КАРО7 Kaliningrad Plaza”). After most of the films the audience will have the opportunity to interact with filmmakers and to learn about the creative concept and how it was implemented.
A characteristic feature of today’s Italian cinema, which is experiencing its heyday, as explained film critic Vsevolod Korshunov, became “the man who examines himself, outside any big history”. “Italian cinema is interesting because it is adventurous,” said one of the Directors of G. Piccone (the director of opening film “These days”). So, the film “These days”, according to its Director, “is the story of four girls, each of which is not tied to any topic. They decide to go on a journey, but it’s not a Road movie, because the action is not happening… But it is my hope You will find something there.”
“For me, Russia is a country where I might want to live,” said Director Massimo d’Anolfi (“the Amazing spiral”). “Cinema can be a journey and experience,” he said, stressing that for him the cinema is not only a story and not an entertainment.
“Through this Festival, said C. M. Ragaglini, we can show our films and promote Russian cinema in Italy.” By the way, there are joint projects, for example, the project of the Russian Director Andrei Konchalovsky dedicated to Michelangelo has already found funding and is developing now.