Seven Italian films will participate in this year's edition of the TIFF - Toronto International Film Festival from September 5 to 15.
The true record-breaking number, however, are the three world premieres among them, a first for Italian productions at TIFF. Leading the field will be the world premiere of Anni felici - Those Hapy Years by Daniele Luchetti, screening together with Gianni Amelio's L'intrepido - A lonely heroand Paolo Sorrentino's La grande bellezza - The Great Beauty in the Special Presentation section.
The other two world premieres are debut works, bearing witness to the attention and sensitivity that Piers Handling, the festival's president, dedicates to Italian cinema. One is the highly anticipated first film by Fabio Mollo, Il sud è niente - South is Nothing that presents an intense story of sentiments and hopes across the Strait of Messina. Produced by B24 Film and sold by Doc&Films, the film stars Vinicio Marchioni and Valentina Lodovini. The second debut film, too, announces itself with a geographical indication: Border by Alessio Cremonini and produced by Good Films tells the true story of two Syrian sisters who in order to survive in the war between the police ands the Shabiha are forced to flee towards the Turkish border.
Rounding out the Italian selections is Stop the Pounding Heart by Roberto Minervini, an Italian expatriate in the USA whose film was already presented out of competition at Cannes and, almost in synchrony with the Venice Film Fest, Che strano chiamarsi Federico! by Ettore Scola, to be screened in the prestigious Masters section.
The Toronto Festival confirms its status as one of the most important film markets, attracting an exceptional number of industry participants from all over the world. The Italian selections at TIFF and the participation of artist delegations will take place under the auspices of Istituto Luce Cinecittà.
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