From April 23 to April 26 join the free screenings and the Masterclasses held by Italian Directors and Mario Sesti at Cinematheque Centre Manila.
Here’s the complete schedule of events.
Una questione privata / Rainbow – A private affair (Opening gala night – invite only, 7:30 pm)
Summer 1943, Piedmont, Italy. Milton loves Fulvia who plays with his love: she only likes the depth of his thought and the letters he writes to her. One year later, Milton has joined the Resistance and fights beside other partisans. He learns during a conversation that Fulvia was secretly in love with his friend Giorgio, a partisan like him. Milton decides to go find Giorgio in the Langhe region and its misty hills…But Giorgio has just been arrested by the Fascists.
MASTERCLASS WITH ITALIAN DIRECTORS
3pm: Auteur Film and Cinema of Reality
Speakers: Luca Bellino and Silvia Luzi and Agostino Ferrenti
Luca Bellino (1978) and Silvia Luzi (1976) received several international awards and nominations for directing two previous documentaries. Tflm, their production company is based in Rome. Tflm’s productions are characterized by a clear authorial imprint, a style that combines observation cinema and current events. The work of Luzi and Bellino as directors and producers is focused on film projects with a strong impact. Crater is their first feature fiction film.
Born in Cerignola, Italy in 1971, Agostino Ferrenti founded the Pirata Produzioni Cinematografiche production company and belongs to the Apollo 11 collective which transformed a historic cinema in Rome into a cultural centre. The Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio, which was founded there, became the subject of one of his documentaries. He also created the Doc/it Award for documentaries at the Venice International Film Festival where the film Le cose belle, which he co-directed, and which narrates ten years in the life of four young Neopolitans, premiered in 2013.
Manuel / Il figlio, Manuel
Manuel has just turned 18. It is time to leave the foster home where he has lived for the past years, after his mother went to prison. But the newfound freedom is bittersweet. Roaming the streets of his desolate neighborhood, alone with his hopes and fears, Manuel tries to leave the teenager behind and become a responsible adult. He must prove to the authorities that he can look after his mother if she is granted house arrest. Can he give her back her freedom, without losing his?
Naples, Traiano district. Initially it had to be a temporary peripheral destination for the inhabitants of the slums on the seafront of Naples, left homeless after the war. But the lodgings were permanently occupied, including the basement cellars, and soon the district became a sort of ghetto. Alessandro and Pietro are two 16-years-olds who film themselves with a smartphone to tell their difficult neighborhood, their everyday life, the friendship that binds them. They also tell of the tragedy of Davide, their neighbor who was killed innocent by a carabiniere after a chase, because he was mistaken for a fleeing wanted. He was sixteen too.
11:00 am: MASTERCLASS WITH MARIO SESTI
Bernardo Bertolucci Cinema
Speaker: Mario Sesti
FILM SCREENING: The dreamers
Left alone in Paris whilst their parents are on holiday, Isabelle and her brother Theo invite fellow student Matthew, a young American, to stay at their apartment. Here they make their own rules as they experiment with each other’s emotions and sexuality, playing a series of increasingly demanding mind games. Set against the turbulent political backdrop of France in Spring 1968, when the voice of youth was reverberating around Europe, THE DREAMERS is a story of self-discovery as the three students test one another to see just how far they each will go.
Mario Sesti (born 1958), has worked as specialist in film restoration of Italian postwar cinema, as film critic for Italian news-magazines and newspapers, as film programmer for TV network. He realized and directed films about Pietro Germi, Federico Fellini and the restoration process, which was shown at MoMA, at the Festival of Cannes and at the Locarno Film Festival. His publications include essays and monographs on Fritz Lang, Nanni Moretti, Jane Campion, and the detective movie. In 1997, his Tutto il cinema di Pietro Germi (The Complete Films of Pietro Germi) won in Italy the Award of Cinema Book of the Year. His work has been translated into English, French, German and Portuguese. As author and cinema scholar he visited Princeton University, University of Washington, American Academy in Rome. As Artistic Director, he worked at Rome Film Festival meeting on a stage in front of thousands of people very important directors and actors.
Saremo giovani e bellissimi / We’ll be young and beautiful
Isabella still sings Tic Tac, the song that made her famous in the early nineties, when she was only seventeen. Her place is the Big Star, which has also become her second home. Her young son Bruno is her guitarist. The two are inseparable, they perform every night together and they share a ramshackle but happy life of unpaid bills and midnight strolls around the city. Bruno, however, dreams of a different musical career. Light touches of comedy and the music bring to life the slow but necessary separation between mother and son, a crucial and painful detachment. Just like the end of any other love story.
Il cratere / Crater
In a cursed land, a father uses his daughter and her voice to take on the world and his own destiny. But success becomes an obsession, and talent becomes a punishment. Crater is a Disney fairy tale in reverse.
Stefano, forty year-old unsettled temp who works as a rainbow observer, and Giovanni – young nerd who knows an incredible amount of things but has never known warmth and love – used to ignore each other’s existence, so much so, they didn’t even know they had a brother. Their encounter seems impossible, yet the journey they will take together, through forgotten Italian highways, will change both their lives. Because it is never too late to write a coming of age novel.
Troppa grazia / Lucia’s grace
Single working mother Lucia is trying to find the right balance between life with her teenage daughter, a complicated romance and her career as a land surveyor. Lucia’s future is jeopardized when she realizes that an ambitious new building is environmentally dangerous due to the city council’s inaccurate maps. Lucia is torn by her decision to keep her mouth shut for fear of losing her job. A mysterious foreign woman tries to convince Lucia to stand up to her superiors and recommend a church as the only solution for the troubled building site. Lucia’s belief in miracles will soon be put to the test.
La paranza dei bambini / Piranhas
Naples. Nicola and his friends are fifteen years old. They want to make money, buy designer clothes and brand new scooters. They play with weapons and ride around the city to take power in the district of Sanità. They love each other like family, they don’t fear prison nor death, knowing their only chance is to risk everything, now. They experience war with the irresponsibility of adolescence, but their criminal activities soon lead them to the irreversible sacrifice of love and friendship.
ABOUT THE GUESTS
Lorenzo Richelmy is an Italian actor, best known to audiences outside of Italy for his performance as the leading actor in the Netflix series Marco Polo. Born in Liguria and raised in Rome, he started acting professionally at the age of seven. Prior to being cast in the series, he appeared in several Italian television shows and films. He attended Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia and was the youngest student ever admitted to the school.
Born in 1992, Federica Sabatini is a young italian film, theatre and television actress. She was born in Rome, and she studied acting in 2010 with Gisella Burinato; then she joined the famous Italian film school Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia di Roma, where she studied from 2013 to 2015. She is in the cast of the film Saremo giovani e bellissimi directed by Letizia Lamartine. She also starred in the cast of the second season of the TV series Suburra – la serie, online on Netflix since last 22nd February.
Andrea Lattanzi is an up and coming Italian actor. He has followed several training programmes in acting, in Italy and abroad: Il cantiere teatrale – Scenic Arts Lab (under the direction of Paola Tiziana Cruciani), Advanced Acting Course with Vincent Riotta, Acting Training at Teatro Roma (artistic director: Giovanni Battista Diotiaiuti), International Masterclass with Bernard Hiller, Masterclass at the Ischia Global Festival with Bernard Hiller, Intensive training at New York Film Academy (New York), Duse International Acting Studio with Francesca De Sapio. Manuel is his first leading film role.
Dario Albertini was born in 1974 in Rome, Italy. Starting out as a photographer, he continued as a documentary filmmaker, overseeing every aspect: script, cinematography, sound, music. MANUEL is his first fiction feature film.
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