Due to kick off on December 14 and wrap up on December 18, the seventh edition of Barcelona Italian Cinema Festival is an important event dedicated to Italian cinema in Spain, offering audience members, the press and Spanish operators the “best of” the latest Italian productions. This year’s programme features a variety of films that have participated at major international film festivals over the course of the past year, as well as two special events.

Opening the event is Capri-Revolution by Mario Martone, winner of the Premio Pasinetti dei Giornalisti Cinematografici at Venice Film Festival, and due to be screened this evening at Cines Verdi in the presence of its young protagonist, Marianna Fontana. Saturday will see the screening of Boys Cry by brothers Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo, a surprising first feature that has already been sold by The Match Factory in numerous regions, including Australia and China. Also on the schedule for tomorrow is Ricordi?, the hotly-anticipated second feature by Valerio Mieli,co-produced by the French outfit Les Films d'Ici, and winner of the Audience Award at Venice Giornate degli Autori in 2018 (Le Pacte is handling international sales), as well as The Guest by Duccio Chiarini, also a second feature, co-produced with France and Switzerland and sold by Udi - Urban Distribution International. All three films will be screened in the presence of their respective directors. 

Sunday, 16 December will see a “special screening” of The Man Who Bought The Moon, also a second feature, by Paolo Zucca, an auteur comedy and Italian/Albanian/Argentinian co-production that approaches the topic of Sardinia with a certain astuteness (international sales: True Colours), followed by The Armadillo's Prophecy, the first feature by Emanuele Scaringi (who will be in attendance at the screening), selected for the Horizons section at Venice and inspired by the eponymous graphic novel by Zerocalcare. On Monday, 17 December The Vice of Hope by Edoardo De Angelis will be screened, a film by the Neapolitan director who received international acclaim for his previous film, Indivisibile (sales entrusted to True Colours). The film will be introduced by the Barcelona-born director of photography Ferran Paredes Rubio. Monday will also see Bonifacio Angius present his second feature Wherever You Are (special screening), which successfully premiered in November at Turin Film Festival. Concluding Barcelona Italian Cinema Festival on Tuesday, 18 December are the wonderful films We’ll Be Young and Beautiful by Letizia Lamartire, in attendance at the screening, and Samouni Road by Stefano Savona. The former was selected for Venice International Film Critics’ Week in 2018 (sold by Rai Com), while the latter, a documentary by Savona filmed on the Gaza Strip, is a co-production with France (on Doc & Film International’s line-up) and has been receiving critical acclaim at festivals across the globe following its premiere at the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in 2018, where it received the Prix Oeil d'or. 

A special section will also be dedicated to short films, with Italian titles vying for a €2,000 prize, to be assigned by a jury comprised of the producer Adolfo Blanco Lucas (The Bookshop), the Catalonian actor Jordi Coll and the director Letizia Lamartire. The Barcelona Italian Cinema Festival was organised by Istituto Luce Cinecittà’s International Promotion Department in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, the Italian Consulate, and with support from local sponsors.