The complete program of the Berlinale 2018 (February 15-25) is out, and Italy is confirmed with four selected features. Laura Bispuri (also chosen by Variety among its 10 Europeans to Watch 2018) is in competition. An old acquaintance of the festival, where she presented her previous Sworn Virgin, Bispuri competes now with her sophomore feature, Daughter of Mine, starring Valeria Golino and Alba Rohrwacher, two women who are fighting for the same little girl. In the words of the director: "It's a journey in which three female figures look for each other, get close and then part, love and hate, and eventually accept themselves with all their imperfections so that they can grow up". To be released in Italy on February 22 thanks to 01 Distribution, the film is produced by Vivo Film, the company behind Jacopo Quadri's documentary Lorello and Brunello, too. Featured in the Culinary Cinema section, the film tackles the loss of identity of the Italian countryside, and was already awarded at the latest Torino Film Festival.
Headed by newly-appointed Paz Lazaro, the Panorama section features two Italian films: brothers Damiano and Fabio D'Innocenzo's debut Boys Cry, produced by Pepito Produzioni, a harsh and hopeless coming-of-age story set in Rome; and Iranian director Babak Jalali's Land, produced by Asmara Films and shot in an Indian reservation in the US. These features are all coproduced by Rai Cinema. Boys Cry stars Matteo Olivetti, Andrea Carpenzano, Milena Mancini, Max Tortora, and Luca Zingaretti. It's the story of Mirko and Manolo, two friends living in the outskirts of Rome. They're considered good boys, until one night they kill a man in a hit-and-run car accident. Tragedy turns into an unexpected stroke of luck: the man they killed is an informer previously connected to the local mob. By killing him, the two guys actually became someone. They gain respect and all the money they never had: a ticket to hell that they mistake for a pass to heaven.
In the Generation Kplus section, we find Gregorio Franchetti's short film Lobster Dinner, produced by Gatto Film and Magdalene Film. One evening, at home alone, 12-year-old Michele steals some living lobsters from the fridge, and gives them as a gift to his best friend's mom.
In the "Books at Berlinale" section of the Co-production Market, Italy is represented by novelist Rosella Pastorino with her book Le assaggiatrici (lit. The female tasters).
Moreover, two additional Italian presences should be highlighted: Jonas Carpignano is part of the First Film jury, while Matilda De Angelisrepresents Italy as a Shooting Star in the Berlinale showcase of young European talents. It's also worth mentioning that the EFM, the historical European Film Market of the Berlinale, is turning thirty this year, and will offer about 50 Italian titles to the international buyers. Italian films and delegations at the Berlinale are coordinated by Istituto Luce Cinecittà (Filmitalia).