Filmmaker Edoardo Ponti On
Directing his Iconic Mother
Sophia Loren


Alice De Luca and Giacomo Raffaelli’s first film Ernesto is complete and may premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

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Director Alessandro Rossetto begins production on his second film- a follow up to his 2014 'Piccola Patria'.

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Stefano Cipani’s 'Mio fratello rincorre i dinosauri' to hit Italian cinemas on September 5

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Women in Film


The Trailblazers

From the silent era to today, Italian women have stepped behind the camera to tell their stories. We've partnered with Directed By Women to keep those stories alive by featuring women who gave and continue to give voice to the female experience through cinema.

Michela Occhipinti

Director Michela Occhipinti makes films about faraway places and unusual topics perhaps because they are a reflection of her life, which has been nothing short of extraordinary. An Italian filmmaker, she was the only one in her family to actually have been born in Italy. Her father, the son of a French-Algerian mother and Sicilian father, was born in Tunisia. Her mother was born in Switzerland and her brother was born in Cairo. Her father was a diplomat, so the family was constantly on the move. Occhipinti spent her childhood moving through Rome, Hong Kong, Geneva and Congo. 

When she was 14, she returned to Rome where she stayed for about 9 years and then moved to Milan for two years. That’s where her professional life began. She started working in a publishing house and then as a copywriter at an advertising agency. But she felt the desire to go abroad again. That desire took her to London where she found a job working on documentaries. She had set out to be a writer but then found that it really wasn’t her calling. She knew that she somehow wanted to tell stories, so she found the better medium through documentary filmmaking because her instinct is to think in images.

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Spotlight on Cineturismo

Basilicata: Land of Cinema


From Italian films to Hollywood blockbusters, the region of Basilicata is in high demand 

due to its stunning natural landscapes and ancient stone structures.

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Stream Indie & Contemporary Italian Cinema

My Country, Giancarlo Iannotta


A story of two brothers who meet as adults, the duo embarks on a road-trip from Rome to the region of Molise where they  get to know each other and meet family members they never knew existed. 

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Baarìa, Giuseppe Tornatore


Visit the countryside of Sicily in Giuseppe Tornatore's 2009 autobiographical epic, Baarìa. The film recounts three generations in the Sicilian village where the celebrated director was born. 

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Sacred Structures, Jeannine Guilyard


This short highlights sacred structures in the southern Italian region of Basilicata. The Sassi of Matera and its Park of the Rupestrian Churches consists of a complex of houses, churches, monasteries and hermitages built into natural caves. 

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Saturno Contro, Ferzan Ozpetek


Ferzan Ozpetek's 2007 ensemble hit Saturno Contro (Saturn in Opposition) follows a group of contemporary Italian 30- and 40- somethings as they struggle to come to grips with youthful dreams that didn't come true. 

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Upcoming Festivals Screening Italian Films

On Exhibit in Rome

Tribute to Screenwriter Cesare Zavattini


A multimedia exhibition dedicated to neorealism screenwriter Cesare Zavattini 

is underway at the Casa del Cinema in Rome.

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