Paolo Sorrentino leads a collection of cinematic gems from the north and south of Italy

While "La Mano di Dio" remains unconvincing, Frammartino's "Il Buco" is a timeless masterpiece

Paolo Sorrentino leads a collection of cinematic gems from the north and south of Italy

  While a film shot in Matera dominated the box office at every other cinema in town, at the 2021 London Film Festival, which ended recently, a handful of Italian films provided more authentic visions of life in the peninsula. The biggest of these was the only disappointment, Paolo Sorrentino’s È stata la mano di […]

Bye Bye Alitalia

The airline flies for the last time between sentimentalism and regret for lost occasions

Bye Bye Alitalia

Today that Alitalia flies for the last time, it’s easy to succumb to sentimentalism.  For generations of Italians like me, Alitalia was the carrier that showed us the magic of flying. For years the carrier transported us across Italy and the world, and we all enjoyed a certain pleasure and pride in being carried by […]

Distant voices: Italian films at the London Film Festival

A tragicomic drama from twin brothers D'Innocenzo and a new documentary from celebrated maestro Gianfranco Rosi among the best movies this year

Distant voices: Italian films at the London Film Festival

  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 […]

Coronavirus Tests: from China to London it’s a race against time

There are few laboratories in the UK which can do a genetic test for the virus and blood tests for COVID-19 are not yet validated. Here is what is happening

Coronavirus Tests: from China to London it’s a race against time

  Effective tests are fundamentally important for more than just diagnosis of the virus; accurate identification of patients can help contain the spread of the virus, whilst antibody testing can show whether outpatients have acquired immunity to the virus. However, as of yet, these tests for COVID-19 have been very difficult to find in the […]

Exclusive: in London 3 Italians out of 4 don’t trust the UK Government to handle the Coronavirus crisis

The results of a Survey run by our website among 900 Italians in London

Exclusive:  in London 3 Italians out of 4 don’t trust the UK Government to handle the Coronavirus crisis

(Clicca qui per la versione italiana) Italians living in the United Kingdom don’t trust the British government to manage the Coronavirus emergency, and if they had to choose where to be treated, they would prefer to be in an Italian hospital rather than in a NHS one. These are the results that emerge from an […]

Italian drama triumphs at London’s European theatre festival

One of the highlights was "Napoli 44", a show by the Italian Compagnia Francesca Caprioli

Italian drama triumphs at London’s European theatre festival

  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 […]

New Italian movies at the London Film Festival: memorable characters between history and fiction

James Norton attended the last edition of LFF interviewing with Pietro Marcello director of "Martin Eden"

New Italian movies at the London Film Festival: memorable characters between history and fiction

  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 […]

Scorsese, De Niro and Pacino: three Italians for an Irishman

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

Scorsese, De Niro and Pacino: three Italians for an Irishman

  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, […]

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