Directors Mimmo Calopresti and Damiano Damiani will be the guests of honour at the fourth Italian Cinema Festival in Belgrade, whose programme begins Sunday November 6th,
and runs through Friday November 11th, in the Serbia Montenegro capital.
The Festival organized by the ‘FICC’ ( Federation of Italian Cinema Associations ) and the Italian Culture Institute in Belgrade, will take place in Dom Omladine, the multifunctional cultural center which will be inaugurated on Sunday night, with the director of Smalltown,Italy, Stefano Mordini present. A Gala dinner at the Italian Embassy will immediately follow the screening.
The event’s extensive programme is divided into several sections: Panorama, dedicated to the most recent Italian cinematography; a tribute to Mimmo Calopresti with screenings of his complete works; a tribute to Damiano Damiani featuring a selection of his films; the Shorts of Friuli Venezia Giulia, brief yet interesting works from a less well-known production The festival will be presenting a total of 22 films.
Panorama will feature “The Remains of Nothing ” by Antonietta De Lillo, “ Land Wind” by Vincenzo Marra, “E’ più facile per un cammello” by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, “After Midnight” by Davide Ferrario, “La porta delle sette stelle” by Pasquale Pozzessere ( which was shot mostly on location in Belgrade ), “ Smalltown,Italy ” by Stefano Mordini, “ The Life That I Want” by Giuseppe Piccioni, “Apnea” by Roberto Dordit.
The tribute to Mimmo Calopresti will include “La seconda volta” (1995), “La parola amore esiste” (1998), “Preferisco il rumore del mare” (2000), “La felicità non costa niente” (2002) and the documentary “L’ora della lucertola” (2004). Damiano Damiani’s tribute will feature screenings of “Confessione di un commissario di polizia al procuratore della Repubblica” (1970), “L’istruttoria è chiusa: dimentichi” (1971), “Io ho paura” (1977), “Goodbye & Amen – L’uomo della Cia” (1977) .
The Friuli Venezia Giulia shorts in the programme are “I sentieri della gloria” by Gloria De Antoni, “Stai calma…” by Ronnie Roselli, “Le formiche sono tristi” by Diego Cenetiempo and Daniele Trani, “Tanja Romano, campionessa mondiale ed europea” by Alessio Zerial, “La cena di Nanà” by Enrico Policardo.
The festival is realized under the patronage and contributions from the Cinema Department of the Italian Ministry for Cultural and Heritage Activities, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for “Progetto Balcani”, the Friuli Venezia Giulia region in collaboration with the Italian Embassy in Serbia Montenegro, AIP Filmitalia (Rome), Cultural Association “Blackout” ONLUS (Naples), Cooperativa Voli (Bologna), Film ’87, Dom Omladine.