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A record-breaking year for Italy in Israel: the 34th Haifa International Film Festival (September 22 - October 1) will host the higher number of Italian films ever in the history of the festival: 10 recently-produced films and 3 classics. The festival is one of the biggest events in the world in terms of audience turnout, with an average of 300.000 viewers per edition and full theatres. It is also an annual event for the Israeli professionals attending the "Industry Days".

The Italian delegation in Haifa includes Laura Bispuri, Edoardo De Angelis with Pina Turco, Valerio Mieli and Gianni Zanasi. Besides presenting her Marco Ferreri: Dangerous but Necessary, Anselma Dell'Olio takes part in the international jury too. Marco Proserpio will attend the first screening of The Man Who Stole Banksy in the film's homeland. Stefano Veneruso will present the making-of of Michael Radford's The Postman, to be screened in its restored version. The "Golden Anchor Competition" includes Laura Bispuri's Daughter of Mine and Valerio Mieli's Ricordi?, while non-competitive sections features the international version of Paolo Sorrentino's Loro, Alice Rohrwacher's Happy as Lazzaro, Marco Tullio Giordana's Nome di donna, Costanza Quatriglio's Just Like My Son, Edoardo De Angelis' The Vice of Hope, and Gianni Zanasi's Lucia's Grace. Within the homage to Dario Argento, the festival will present the restored version of Suspiri and Profondo rosso.

The history and the taste of Haifa's selection have always focused on the themes of dialogue and co-existence. In a festival directed by a woman, Pnina Blayer, Italian cinema is present with four films directed by women filmmakers, and two more films - Nome di donna and The Vice of Hope - that explore the female mind and heart.

The selections and delegations at the Haifa Film Festival are organized by the International Promotion Department of Istituto Luce Cinecittà.

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