The Tokyo Italian Film Festival turns 18 this year, 18 editions that helped Italian cinema reach the third position among the foreign films distributed on the Japanese marked (behind US and France): out of 100 Italian titles presented at the festival throughout it history, and accompanied by around 180 talents, the 60% have been sold to local distributors. 

The event is organized by Istituto Luce Cinecittà – Filmitalia in collaboration with the Italian Embassy and the Italian Institute of Culture, under the high patronage of the President of the Republic. The support of Alitalia is fundamental to fly the artistic delegation to the festival. The Japanese partner is the legendary Asahi Shimbun, the first Japanese newspaper (6 million units sold per day) which promotes Italian cinema since the first edition of the festival. The films are screened in the Asahi’s theatres in Ginza, the beating heart of Tokyo.

The festival will take place from April 26 to May 2 and features 18 films: There is a light by Fabio Mollo, Sicilian Ghost Story by Antonio Piazza and Fabio Grassadonia, Lucky by Sergio Castellitto, A Ciambra by Jonas Carpignano, The Intruder by Leonardo Di Costanzo, The Place by Paolo Genovese, I Quit Whenever I Want-Ad Honorem di Sydney Sibilia, Like a Cat on a Highway by Riccardo Milani, Made in Italy by Luciano Ligabue, Tito and the Aliens by Paola Randi, Pure Hearts by Roberto De Paolis. Three Italian films have already a Japanese distributors: Love and Bullets by Antonio e Marco Manetti, Emma by Silvio Soldini and Holding Hands by Gianni Amelio.