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 ITALY ON SCREEN TODAY 

NEW YORK |19 - 22 ottobre

 The Italian film festival bursts in New York

Screenings include the MigrArti short film project supported by MIBACT and by UNAR,  

and a tribute dedicated to Dario Fo and his unparalleled talent. 

Sergio Castellitto will receive the “Nino Manfredi Art Excellence Award”

and Vittorio Storaro the Wind of Europe International Award

 

From October 19th to the 22nd, New York will host the second edition of “Italy On Screen Today”, an Italian film festival screening major box office hits, with some of their actors and directors happy to share their anecdotes about these films. This event, conceived and directed by Loredana Commonara, with the support of Giuliana Ridolfi Cardillo in NY and coordinated by Sarah Masten, will be held at the Proshansky Auditorium, at the New York University Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò and at the Stony Brook University in Long Island; “Italy On Screen Today” was organized thanks to the contribution of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism, with the support of the Italian Consulate in New York, in collaboration with RAI Cinema, the John D. Calandra Institute, Queens, under the high patronage of the European Parliament and of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. 

 The Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism Dario Franceschini will attend the opening press conference at the Italian Consulate in New York the 18th of October, where the festival program will be presented, as well as the guests of this second edition will be announced: Sergio Castellitto, who, on October 20th, will present in his quality of director and actor the movie ‘Non ti Muovere’ from Margaret Mazzantini’s homonymous novel and who will receive the Nino Manfredi Art Excellence Award, a new award launched together with the family of this unparallel actor, an unequalled and never forgotten symbol of Italian cinema; the multi-award winning director of photography Vittorio Storaro, who won three Oscars® (Apocalypse Now, Reds and The last emperor) and who is now working in Woody Allen’s last film now being shot in New York. Storaro worked with the most relevant and successful filmmakers of all times and will receive the Wind of Europe International Award under the auspices of the European Parliament, an award given to symbols of Europe’s fundamental values such as brotherhood and multiculturalism. 

 The novelties of “Italy on Screen Today” include the screening of MigrArti (on October 19 at the NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò), a call designed and supported by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activites and Tourism to develop film projects on the cultural values of the populations migrating to Italy so as to promote intercultural dialogue and exchanges; Paolo Masini, project creator and coordinator and one of the advisors to the Minister Dario Franceschini, will introduce a selection of seven short films presented during the 74th Venice Film Festival - La Recita (MigrArti Cinema 2017 Award - Best Film), Ambaradam, L’amore senza motivo, La macchia, Nella Yugosfera, Sara, La giraffa senza gamba, developed by associations and production companies to narrate stories and different cultures in the process of their integration into the Italian society and the life of these “new Italians”. Andrea Bartoli, representative of the Sant’Egidio Community at the UN will partecipate in the discussion and share his experience working with refugees. October 19 and 20 will also be dedicated to Dario Fo, one year after his death and twenty years after his Literature Nobel Prize Award. This tribute is designed to show the American audience and revive the memory of this amazing Italian talent, one of the most popular European theatre authors in the U.S. who followed the tradition of Medieval jesters (according to the wording of the Nobel Prize motivation). Dario Fo will be remembered through the documentary Dario Fo and Franca Rame: A Nobel for two directed by Lorena Luciano and Filippo Piscopo dedicated to this couple, united in life and on stage as well as by “Sweet Democracy”, featuring Fo’s extraordinary participation by director Michele Diomà and the co-production of Donald Ranvaud (Palme d’Or in Cannes for Farewell my Concubine), that tries to satirically analyse the degree of freedom of expression in Italy. 

The directors Lorena Luciano and Filippo Piscopo together with Michele Diomà will be in New York to share their special memories with the audience. 

 Finally, the other feature films of the 2017 edition will be screened on October 21st and 22nd at the Stony Brook University in  Long Island: Venuto al mondo directed by Sergio Castellitto Il padre d’Italia, the second work of fiction by Fabio Mollo with Luca Marinelli and Isabella Ragonese; La corrispondenza, the last film by Giuseppe Tornatore with Jeremy Irons as the protagonist; La pazza gioia, directed by Paolo Virzì, a multi-award winning film, highly rated by both critics and the audience; La stoffa dei sogni by Gianfranco Cabiddu, that won the David di Donatello Award for Best Screenplay and the Golden Globe for Best Film; and Tutto quello che vuoi, directed by Francesco Bruni with Giuliano Montaldo playing the role of an amnesic old man and his special friendship with an impertinent young man.