Touring over 15 Portuguese cities - including Lisbon, Porto, and Coimbra - the 11th Festa do Cinema Italiano will start on April 4. The program includes over 40 films - features, documentaries, and shorts - to be screened for the first time in Portugal. Among these, the international premieres of Gabriele Muccino's There Is No Place Like Home, and Marco Tullio Giordana's Nome di donna. Other titles include Manetti Bros.' Love and Bullets, Antonio Piazza's and Fabio Grassadonia's Sicilian Ghost Story, Donato Carrisi's The Girl in the Fog, Paolo Genovese's The Place, and Susanna Nicchiarelli's Nico 1988.
In collaboration with the prestigious Cinemateca Portuguesa, a retrospective on Marco Ferreri will propose a journey of rediscovering of classic Italian cinema. The special program will present around 10 titles, including Dillinger Is Dead and The Big Feast. Moreover, the Amarcord section will show three other classics: Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, celebrating its 30th anniversary and soon to be re-released in Portugal in its restored version; Il postino, along with a special event dedicated to the culinary art of the Eolian islands and an exhibition curated by Lorenzo Baraldi and Gianna Gissi, respectively art director and costume designer of Massimo Troisi's film; and finally the screening of The Best of Youth, in presence of director Marco Tullio Giordana.
The Festa do Cinema Italiano will not be limited to Portugal, but will continue its journey through Portuguese-speaking Africa (Angola, Mozambico, and Cape Verde) and will reach Brazil in August for a big closing event, meeting over 30.000 viewers in three different continents. The Festa do cinema italiano is supported by Istituto Luce-Cinecittà, Italian Embassy and Italian Institute of Culture in Lisbon, with further support by Pasta Garofalo and Generali.