Monday, 21 November 2022 12:37

Italia Experience: Giffoni’s films to take center stage in Madrid from november 23 to 27

The project is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture – Directorate-General for Cinema and Audiovisuals

Italy has always excelled in all fields of art and culture, and no doubt cinema is one of them. Behind the camera we have had and still have directors the whole world would have loved and would love to have. It is precisely to promote this priceless heritage that the journey of Italia Experience continues: the next stage of this project, implemented by Giffoni and co-financed by the Italian Ministry of Culture – Directorate-General for Cinema and Audiovisuals, will be held in Madrid from November 23 to 27.

The first stage of the initiative took place in Skopje during the 10th edition of Giffoni Macedonia Youth Film Festival last October, when more than 500 giffoners were involved in the project. Now, Italia Experience is set to move on to Spain, thanks to its partnership with the 15th edition of the Italian Film Festival of Madrid, organized by the Italian Cultural Institute and its director Marialuisa Pappalardo.

The opening night is scheduled for Wednesday, November 23, at the Italian Cultural Institute. The event will be attended by Giffoni general manager Jacopo Gubitosi, head of institutional relations Davide Russo, Gianvincenzo Nastasi from the artistic management, Erica De Lisio from the video productions department and Rita Esposito from the communications department. The delegation will be presented with the Special Award - Giffoni Much More than a Festival for “having given centrality to young people, demanding that the world's attention be turned to the voices that are less listened to and recognizing the new generations a fundamental role in society and culture”.

“Bringing Italian film culture abroad, witnessing this exchange between different cultures and backgrounds is a source of genuine pride for us, but it also charges us with a great responsibility”, says Jacopo Gubitosi. “We are extremely happy with this experience in Madrid in view of the high-quality program we will be part of. Giffoni has always been an open space, a space of freedom, a place where people can come together and find ways to grow. In Spain we will have the chance to further highlight our values. The Award we will be honored with is the recognition of our journey; it shows that our commitment to young people has been received in all its strength and effectiveness”.

On Friday, November 25, Mario Sesti’s documentary LA VOCE DI FANTOZZI will be screened at the Italian Cultural Institute in the presence of producers Daniele Liburdi and Massimo Mescia (Volume Entertainment). LA VOCE DI FANTOZZI revolves around one of the most beloved comic characters of Italian cinema, an icon who has influenced popular imagination, culture and language of an entire country like no other, joining immortal artists such as Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy and Totò. The film features Paolo Villaggio, in his last and moving performance, along with exceptional Italian personalities such as Nobel laureate Dario Fo and Oscar winner Roberto Benigni.

On Saturday, November 26, the best Italian short films selected by Giffoni will be presented to children aged 3 to 5 and their families. The titles are ABOVE by Marco Savini, IOU by Luca Pierri Pilotti, DO NOT CROSS by Flora Dovigo and Massimo Vignati, EL CHARANGO by Paola Luciani, IL PICCOLO GALAGO by Anita Verona and Francesco Catarinolo, PAPA IS BIG, I'M SMALL by Anya Ru and Masha Rumyantseva and QUALCUNO HA DETTO MOSTRO? by Francesco Forti.

The films that will be screened for giffoners aged 6 to 9 are VULCANO by Margherita Abbruzzi, Serena Miraglia, Giada Rizzi and Lara Zizzi, NEL MARE CI SONO COCCODRILLI by Rosalba Vitellaro, OSSIGENO by Beatrice Sancinelli, L'OCCHIO DELLA BALENA by Giorgia Bonora, Lucia Shimmenti, Franciana Ramos and Tess Tagliaferro and GIULIA E IL CAPOPOSTO by Antonio Maria Castaldo.

Lastly, screenings for kids aged 10 to 12 include LE PICCOLE COSE by Emiliano Galigani, LUCE & ME by Isabella Salvetti, TANA LIBERA TUTTI by Valerio Filardo, IL NOSTRO TEMPO by Veronica Spedicati and KLOD by Giuseppe Marco Albano.

Great cinema will also take center stage on Sunday, November 27. At 11:45 a.m., a screening of IL RAGAZZO E LA TIGRE directed by Brando Quilici and distributed by Medusa Film will be held at cine Paz. The film tells the story of an orphaned boy. While wandering through the snowy valleys of the Himalayas, he finds a new friend, namely a Bengal tiger cub. The two immediately bond and together they and embark on a journey, heading to Taktsang Monastery in Buthan, which is known as “the tiger's nest”.

The next stages of Italia Experience will be taking place in early 2023 in Poland and Croatia.