A tragicomic drama from twin brothers D'Innocenzo and a new documentary from celebrated maestro Gianfranco Rosi among the best movies this year
This year’s London Film Festival which ran from 7-18 October was naturally a slimmed down version of the usually vast annual event, with 13 fascinating new films previewed at the BFI Southbank’s screens and cinemas across the country, from Steve McQueen’s Mangrove, telling the all-too true story of racist persecution of the Notting Hill […]
One of the highlights was "Napoli 44", a show by the Italian Compagnia Francesca Caprioli
The Voila! Europe festival recently returned to London for its seventh season and one of the highlights was a show by the Italian Compagnia Francesca Caprioli, based in Rome (pictured above). Napoli 44 is a brilliant adaptation of Norman Lewis’ classic tragi-comic account of his experience as a British intelligence officer in the ruined […]
James Norton attended the last edition of LFF interviewing with Pietro Marcello director of "Martin Eden"
The BFI London Film Festival last month included a showcase of the best recent Italian cinema. The most interesting new feature was directed by Pietro Marcello, whose mysterious essay films mixing archive footage and documentary of colorful social outcasts have a cult following, now making a more mainstream fiction debut with Martin Eden, which […]
The three Italo-American legends presented their new Netflix-produced movie at the London Film Festival. A classic mobster masterpiece that convincingly solves the Hoffa mystery
A line up of Italian-American megastars visited London on Sunday for the closing night gala of this year’s BFI London Film Festival, Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman. The film reunites Scorsese with Robert De Niro for the first time since Casino, 25 years ago, and is the best work by either of them since then, […]
Dogman is Garrone's best film yet, while Lazzaro is a lunar masterpiece, utterly original and beautifully moving
The 2018 London Film Festival included an impressive selection of new Italian films that cinemagoers can look forward to in the coming months. The only organization that may not relish the prospect is the Castel Volturno Tourist Office, if there is such a thing. Already damned by Gomorra as a mafia stronghold, two new […]
The story of a Roma boy and his relatives in a Calabrian slum offers an insightful view of the deep Italian south.
In cinemas from this week a powerful new film that plumbs the lower depths of the deep south. Italian-American Jonas Carpignano’s impressive and immersive drama A Ciambra is a sequel to his Mediterranea, whose Burkinabe protagonist Ayiva, played by Koudous Seihon is still trying to scrape an honest living in joyless Gioia Tauro in […]
Nicola Gallani's "Arrivederci Clerkenwell" uses archive footage to illustrate the story of London's Little Italy. Patrick Grassi's "Sharp Families" tells the story of family of knife grinders from Dolomites.
A double bill of new short documentaries shed fascinating light on the historic Italian community in London at a special screening organised by CinemaItaliaUK at the Regent Street Cinema last month. The opening titles of Arrivederci Clerkenwell directed by Nicola Gallani use delightful vintage graphics from fifty years ago and she has unearthed a […]
Dark visions of South Italy, a sophisticated gay coming of age story, and a silent classic made more than 100 years ago.
The BFI London Film Festival which finished last weekend boasted a variety of fine new Italian films and others which drew on the riches of Italian history and landscape. Highest profile of these and destined for future glory is Call Me By Your Name, the latest powerful English language ensemble drama by Luca Guadagnino, […]