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 Cinema Italia is back

The Italian film festival in Israel returns for the fourth time – with 73 screenings and 14 iconic Italian films, including Quality contemporary cinema, a retrospective program in homage to Roberto Rossellini, a wide variety of masterpiece films and many guests from the Italian movie industry

April 1st-9th at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque and throughout April in Cinematheques across the country

The Italian film festival in Israel, orchestrated by Ronny Fellus and Danny Moggia, will be held for the fourth time during April in Cinematheques across the country: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Holon, Rosh Pina and Sderot.

Cinema Italia 2017 is the result of a close and fruitful collaboration between ADAMAS Italia-Israel and the Italian Cultural Institute in Tel Aviv (IIC), Italian Cultural Institute in Haifa, Istituto Luce Cinecittà, the Municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo, the Municipality of Haifa and the Cinematheques of Israel. Under the Patronage of the Embassy of Italy in Israel, the festival will include 73 screenings and 14 iconic Italian films.

The festival’s program will be divided in two: one program will be dedicated to contemporary cinema, with the finest films released in Italy during 2016, while the other retrospective program will be dedicated to classic cinema, including five of Roberto Rossellini’s restored films and a festive screening of the Taviani brothers' famous production “Kaos”, to mark 150 years to the birth of Italian Nobel prize Laureate and author, Luigi Pirandello.

During the Festival, films by famous directors such as Marco Bellocchio who’s movie ‘Sweet Dreams’ addresses the issue of absence and Gianfranco Rosi’s ‘Fire at Sea’, which continuously moves viewers by presenting the dramatic reality of young refugees arriving to the shores of Lampedusa island (Winner of the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival). Alongside such celebrated creators, productions of promising new talents will also be featured in the festival including: Pericles the Black by Stefano Mordini produced by the Belgian Dardenne brothers: a noir film depicting a violent criminal's process of soul searching and purging, Pawn Streets by Irene Dionisio, illustrating injustice and inequality taking place in a pawn shop and Fiore by Claudio Giovannesi, focusing on the longing for love between the walls of a young offenders correctional facility.

Also featured in the festival are globally recognized and critically acclaimed motion pictures such as Matteo Rovere's "Italian Race" revealing a family's melodramatic tale set in the world of north Italy's motor racing scene, Indivisible, directed by Edoardo De Angelis following the story of Siamese twins who are also sought after singers in the outskirts of a city in the south of Italy.

Additional screenings will include current blockbusters like the amusing and intelligent "Quo Vado", by Gennaro Nunziante, the most successful Italian film of all times, with earnings from the past year exceeding 65 million Euros in Italy alone,.

In the Classic program, five restored movies of great maestro, Roberto Rossellini, will be screened this year. The movies will include – Rome , Open City (1945), Paisà (1946) and Germany, Year Zero (1948), known for their great influence over Italian Neo- Realism as well as Stromboli terra di Dio (1950) and Viaggio in Italia (1954) who represent the collaboration between the director and his wife and mother of his children, actress Ingrid Bergman.

"Cinema Italia 2017" chose to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of the great Sicilian writer and playwright Luigi Pirandello, Nobel Laureate of Literature in 1934. On this occasion, a restored version of "Kaos" (1984), the realist / surrealist work Of Vittorio and Paolo Taviani inspired by short stories from Pirandello's Novelle per un anno (Short Stories for a Year), will be screened.

The festival will host a delegation of filmmakers from Italy, including Italian directors, agents and producers, who will meet with Israeli distributors with the aim of gaining interest in new Italian productions and exploring possibilities for new collaborations.

Among the festival's special guests: Matteo Rovere, Director of the opening film "Italian Race" will be present and meet the audience on the 1st of April, the festival's opening day, and will take part in a reception to be held in Haifa on April 2nd. On Sunday, April 2nd he will also be a guest of the Beit Berl Film Department.

Stefano Mordini, Director of 'Pericles the Black' will take part in the film's screenings and meet the audience on 3.4 in Tel Aviv, 4.4 in Haifa and 5.4 in Jerusalem. On Monday 2.4, he will visit Beit Berl's Film Department. Irena Dionisio, Director of "Pawn Street" will be present at the screenings and meet the audience at 2.4 in Jerusalem, 3.4 in Haifa, 4.4 in Rosh Pina, and 5.4 in Tel Aviv. Monica Moscato, an official representative of Istituto Luce Cinecittà, will also arrive in Israel.

The establishments of the Italian Cultural Institute in Israel are located in Tel Aviv and Haifa. The Institute is an agency of the Italian state, operating as the Cultural Office of the Italian Embassy in Israel. The Institute is responsible for promoting knowledge, dissemination and appreciation of Italian culture and language in Israeli society, with particular attention to the study and dissemination of the Italian language.

For many years, the Institute has been taking part in Israel's most prestigious national events: The Israel Festival, The International Book Fair in Jerusalem, The Jerusalem Tel Aviv and Haifa Film Festivals, The Acco Theater Festival (San Giovanni Acre) & the opera season of the new Israeli Opera.

According to Massimo Sarti, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Tel Aviv, the selection of films this year illustrates Italy's relentless sense of self-irony, even as it deals with the social and human consequences of an economic crisis that has not yet ended, and the backdrop of occurrences on a global scale.

"Rossellini's works have all been restored at the meticulous laboratories of the Bologna Cinematheque and their screening at the festival stems from the belief that it is important to offer the veteran filmgoers, as well as the younger generations, a chance to view the masterpieces of the past in carefully reconstructed versions that can be rediscovered and appreciated for their aesthetic qualities" said Dani Moggia, Cinema Italia's Art Director.