After the announcements of the Berlinale, where the presence of Italian films will be strong this year, our national cinema confirms the capacity of break through the main European film festivals. Rotterdam and Göteborg, two of the most established film festivals in the continent, opens their doors once again to our titles.

The Rotterdam Film Festival (January 23rd – February 3rd)  celebrates independent cinema and the new horizons of the seventh art. The Italian presence at the event this year constitutes a rich and original selection spanning through all the audiovisual genres, including TV. Bangla, a first feature by 22-year-old director Phaim Bhuiyan, competes in the Big Screen Competition, while Andrea Caccia’s Tutto l’oro che c’è is featured in Signatures. Both films are presented as world premieres. Roberto Minervini’s What You Gonna Do when the World’s on Fire continues its journey through festivals, here in the Voices section along with Yervant Gianikian’s I diari di Angela – Noi due cineasti. The Limelight sections presents Alice Rohrwacher’s Happy as Lazzaro and Kenneth Mercken’s Coureur, which will be later released in Dutch cinemas. Italo-German coproduction In My Room by Ulrich Koehler will be in Perspectives. In collaboration with broadcaster NPO, all 8 episodes of Saverio Costanzo’s My Brilliant Friend will be screened at the festival. Among the short films, Gaetano Liberti’s J and Martina Melilli’s Mum, I’m Sorry. Italian delegates attending the festival includes Phaim Bhuiyan, Carlotta Antonelli, Andrea Caccia, Roberto Minervini, Yervant Gianikian, Fortunato Cerlino, Gaetano Liberti, Martina Melilli.

The Göteborg Film Festival (January 25th – February 4th), this year celebrating its 42nd edition, presents a significant and heterogeneous selection of Italian cinema. The Five Continents selection includes Laura Bispuri’s Daughter of Mine, Alberto Fasulo’s Menocchio and the 8 episodes of The Miracle by Francesco Munzi, Lucio Pellegrini, and Niccolò Ammaniti (in collaboration with Swedish broadcaster SVT). Focus: Apocalypse presents Stefano Liberti’s and Enrico Parenti’s Soyalism, while the Masters section include Roberto Minervini’s What You Gonna Do when the World’s on Fire, Matteo Garrone’s Dogman, and Paolo Sorrentino’s Loro. Italian delegates in Sweden are Alberto Fasulo, Enrico Parenti, Stefano Liberti.

The selections and the delegations attending the Rotterdam and Göteborg Film Festivals are organized by Istituto Luce Cinecittà.