Eight days of Italian cinema are scheduled to take place in Vienna from 6 to 14 June, including the screening of twelve successful films from past and present. Indeed, the Nuovo Cinema Italia festival is back for its 18th edition, organised by the Made in Italy Association in collaboration with Votivkino and the Italian Cultural Institute, with the contribution of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism.
This year’s guests include the directors Gabriele Muccino and Silvio Soldini. Muccino will be in Vienna on Thursday 7 June to present a preview of his film There Is No Place Like Home in Austria. While on Tuesday 12, Soldini will be screening Emma . Both films are soon to be released in Austrian cinemas with the companies Filmladen and Polyfilm – both festival partners.
After Vienna, Nuovo Cinema Italia will be stopping off in the cities of Graz and Innsbruck. Other titles in the programme include: Let Yourself Go! by Francesco Amato, Holding Hands by Gianni Amelio, Worldly Girl by Marco Danieli, Indivisible by Edoardo De Angelis, L’ora legale by Salvo Ficarra and Valentino Picone, and Fiore by Claudio Giovannesi. The festival will also be hosting a tribute to Rome, which includes the screening of four films in which the city plays a central role: La dolce vita by Federico Fellini, Mid-August Lunch by Gianni Di Gregorio, Sacro Gra by Gianfranco Rosi and The Great Beauty by Paolo Sorrentino.
For over twenty years, the Made in Italy association has promoted the distribution of Italian cinema in German-speaking countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland). "We aim to offer the most varied selection possible, selecting the best national productions of the year and flitting between auteur cinema and popular films, comedy and other genres, paying particular attention to films in which the setting plays a fundamental role," explains the president of the association, Franco Montini.
In Germany in particular, where the festival stops off every year in about thirty cities between September and December (with a final stop in Berlin where the audience awards the most well-received film), the initiative has led to the acquisition by German distributors of numerous titles launched and promoted by the association. "We realised that foreign audiences love to find their imagined image of Italy in the films that we offer," specifies Montini. "The titles that, at least on the German market, are the most attractive are those set in the South of Italy in a haze of sun and sea." Among the most recent feature films on tour and subsequently bought in Germany are L'ora legale by Ficarra and Picone, Lands of Saints by Fernando Muraca, Se Dio vuole by Edoardo Falcone, Quiet Bliss by Edoardo Winspeare and Il rosso e il blu by Giuseppe Piccioni.