The Italian Film Festival is back in Setúbal, between the 4th and 7th of November, with the screening of nearly a dozen films, at reduced prices, at the Cinema Charlot – Municipal Auditorium.
The 14th edition of the event, to be held in more than a dozen Portuguese cities, from November 2nd, offers a diversified program that highlights the quality of cinematography coming from Italy.
The exhibition includes the screening of films by new directors and renowned names, classics from transalpine cinematography and previews of works that later appear on the regular circuit.
The event, organized by the Cultural Association II Sorpasso, with several partnerships, pays tribute to the actresses with the retrospective “Siamo Donne – Divas of Italian Cinema”, and marks the twenty years of anti-globalization clashes at the G8 Summit in Genoa.
In Setúbal, the festival, organized locally in partnership with the local authority, presents eight films at Cinema Charlot – Municipal Auditorium, with screenings at 2.5 euros for the general public and 2 euros for children under 25 and over 65. There is also a special pass, 5 euros, which gives access to all sessions.
In a national preview, “Era uma vez a Máfia”, a documentary by Franco Maresco that revisits Italian historical memory, accompanied by the famous mafia photographer Letizia Battaglia, opens the party in Setúbal, on November 4th, at 9.30 pm.
This is followed, on the 5th, also at 9.30 pm, “Sole”, the debut feature film by Carlo Sironi, with Bruno Buzzi, Sandra Drzymalska and Marco Felli, about two young people who do not know their place in the world, much less what place to give to a child destined to be born.
On November 6, at 4 pm, the Festa do Cinema Italiano shows the erotic black comedy “Malizia”, by Salvatori Samperi, which transformed Laura Antonelli into a sex symbol of Italian cinema in the 70s.
Also on the 6th, at 9.30 pm, there will be a double session with the satirical comedy, “Tolo Tolo”, the debut of actor Checco Zalone and the fifth highest-grossing film of all time in the history of Italian cinema, and “Odio L’Estate”, by Massimo Venier, comedy that marks the return of the trio of comedians Aldo Baglio, Giacomo Poretti, Giovanni Storti.
The last day of the festival begins, at 5 pm, with “Artemisia Gentileschi”, a documentary by Jordan River that proposes a journey through the life of Artemisia, today considered one of the great painters of Baroque art.
“Rua do Prior 41”, a film by Lorenzo d’Amico de Carvalho, is scheduled for world premiere, which shows an original look at the Revolution of 25 April 1974.
The closing of the annual Italian cinema show in Setúbal is at 9.30 pm with “Uma Livraria em Paris”, a romantic comedy by Sergio Castellitto, in a national premiere, inspired by a never-filmed script by Ettore Scola.
The Italian Film Festival starts on November 2nd in Lisbon and goes through, until the 26th, in Coimbra, Beja, Setúbal, Penafiel, Porto, Cascais, Alverca, Aveiro, Leira and Almada. The event is expected to visit even more Portuguese cities by the end of the year, which have not yet been announced by the organization.
More information can be found here.