Cinema Italia’s annual party – The Jerusalem Post


For the sixth year, fans of Italian cinema await the Cinema Italia festival, which kicks off across the country on April 4.
Sixteen films will be screened in cinematheques across Israel: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Rosh Pina, Holon, Herzliya and Sderot. As in previous years, Cinema Italia is divided into two sections: contemporary cinema and classic cinema. This year, the Classic section of the festival pays tribute to one of the greatest world actresses and symbol of Italian cinema, Anna Magnani. We will see it in real life: Campo de ‘fiori, directed by Mario Bonnard (1943); Vulcano by William Dieterle (1950); Bellissima by Luchino Visconti (1951); The laughter of joy by Mario Monicelli (1960) and Mamma Roma directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini (1962). For young audiences, these films will be an opportunity to learn the pearls of Italian cinematography that have influenced decades of cinema, not only in Italy. in technically better digitized versions, ”explains Ronny Fellus, one of the two (next to Dan Angelo Muggia) artistic directors of Cinema Italia. “These films, even though they’ve been seen once, never get old.”

In addition to the films with Anna Magnani, Cinema Italia has decided to devote the special screening to Bernardo Bertolucci, one of the most representative and internationally known Italian directors, who died in November of last year. on Alberto Moravia‘s novel of the same name, ”explains Fellus. In the Contemporary section of the festival, the audience will see the 10 best productions of 2018, including two very important documentaries: 1938 Diversi, written and directed by Giorgio Treves on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the proclamation of racial laws in Italy. “Not in Germany, in Italy”, underlines Fellus, “laws of segregation and discrimination of the Jews. A very shameful chapter in Italian history. The Sea of ​​Our History, written and directed by Giovanna Gagliardo, speaks of Italians and Jews in Libya. “But during this year’s festival, there will be all genres,” Fellus promises, “we will also be showing thrillers, films about teenage love and conflict, dramas, sports and comedies.” Fellus, who is also the founder and director of the Italian comedy festival in Israel, “Finita La Comedia” (which takes place every year from September to November), has a mission to also show modern comedy films to Israeli audiences. . In his opinion, Israelis love Italian comedies, but the popularity stopped in the 1970s and until recent years Israelis did not realize that new contemporary Italian comedies are still being produced and that some d ‘between them are very successful. is Paolo Genovese’s Perfect Strangers (2016) film, it was in theaters for over a year in many countries, ”he says. Director Genovese came to Cinema Italia festival last year as a guest, promoting his upcoming film The Place. The festival audience is mostly of Israeli origin but the festival also plays a very important role for the Italian community here. Valeria Blatt, an olah hadasha from Padua (Padua), Italy, told me, “Israel is my home now, but my Italian roots are also a very important part of me. This festival makes me feel at home – for two reasons. As in any festival, an important part for the audience is also the Q&A section that follows the screenings. This year, the public will have the chance to meet, among others, Margherita Ferri the director of The Ice Rift, the actor of La terra dell’abbastanza Matteo Olivetti, the producer of 1938 – Diversi Carolina Levi and Stefano Mordini, who was the guest at the festival two years ago who fell in love with Tel Aviv. His new thriller, Il testimone invisibile, will open the festival this year. Fellus, who had already been doing the Israeli Film Festival in Rome for a few years, had the idea of ​​an Italian film festival in Israel in 2013, during Doc Aviv in Tel Aviv. He was choosing films for his festival in Italy when he saw an advertisement for the Irish Film Festival in Israel. And it was an instant reaction: “Something is missing! With all due respect for Irish, or Polish, French or African cinematography, Italian films deserved a festival in Israel. Without waiting too long, he contacted the Italian Embassy and his accomplice, Dan Angelo Muggia, co-director of the Israeli Film Festival in Italy and currently Cinema Italia in Israel. In cooperation with the Italian Cultural Institutes of Tel Aviv and Haifa and Filmitalia-Cinecittà Luce, the film libraries, Fellus and Muggia created Cinema Italia – a festival which became a great success from its first edition.

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