The 25th edition of the Uruguay International Film Festival which is about to kick off March 24 – April 8, 2007, anticipates a substantial number of recent and very recent Italian film productions, 31 to be exact (including co-productions) which will be featured in “Focus Italy”.
Organised thanks to joint efforts between Italy’s National Institutions and private companies which include the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Italian Film Board, the Ministry for Cultural Assets and Activities, Cinecittà Holding, Filmitalia, the Italian Cultural Institute of Montevideo, Rai Cinema, Fandango, Ripley’s Film, Cineclub Detour, Film Kairos, this is the largest number of films being presented in a South American Film Festival, in recent years.
The festival has subdivided the films into three parts, each one then divided up into just as many sections with special attention to film documentaries. The first part, "Vivir al Sur", includes documentaries made in Southern Italy: The Session is Open by Vincenzo Marra, Excellent Cadavers by Marco Turco and Another Story made by Marco Battaglia, Gianluca Donati, Laura Schimmenti, Andrea Zurlino; a second part essentially made up of documentaries examining our country and our culture under multiple perspectives as witnessed in these films : My Voyage to Italy by Martin Scorsese, Centravanti nato by Gianclaudio Guiducci, L’Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio by Agostino Ferrente, Pasolini prossimo nostro by Giuseppe Bertolucci, Craj-Domani by Davide Marengo and Pier Paolo Pasolini – The Reasons for a Dream by Laura Betti; and a third group featuring a selection of films from recent years: The Re-education directed by Amanda Flor, As the Shadow by Marina Spada (these last two films are also featured in the International Competition), The Wedding Director by Marco Belloccio, The Missing Star by Gianni Amelio, Anche libero va bene by Kim Rossi Stuart, Fascisti su Marte by Corrado Guzzanti, Burning in the Wind by Silvio Soldini, The Fever by Alessandro D’Alatri, The Tiger and the Snow by Roberto Benigni, The Passion of Joshua the Jew by Pasquale Scimeca, Christmas Rematch e The Second Wedding Night by Pupi Avati, My Brother’s Summer by Pietro Reggiani, The Best of Youth by Marco Tullio Giordana; lastly a section dedicated to Shorts which includes : “Armando” by Massimiliano Camaiti, “La canzone di Paolo” by Paolo Montevecchi, Due bravi ragazzi by Tony Palazzo, Lei Lui by Massimo Amici, “Graffiti” by Emanuele Costantini e Ritorni by Giovanna Taviani (the film is also featured in the International Short Competition).
Three co-production films will be featured in the section "Informativa": Eros by M.Antonioni, S.Soderbergh, W.Kar-Wai, Nacido y criado by Pablo Trapero and Les Amants Reguliers by Philippe Garrel.