It will be a great year for Italian cinema at the Berlinale, that will present a number of young filmmakers working with different formats and genres.

Adapted from Roberto Saviano’s novel, Claudio Giovannesi’s Piranhas will take part in the main Competition. Giovannesi arrives in Berlin with a solid background: an extensive journey through international festivals with his previous feature films, experiences in TV series (Gomorrah) and documentary (Fratelli d’Italia). This stands as a significant example of the possibility for Italian arthouse cinema to become the ideal ground for a young director to establish himself through different formats and platforms, towards broad and transversal audiences.

Panorama will screen four Italian titles. Dafne is the sophomore feature by Federico Bondi, while Selfie by Agostino Ferrente is a documentary set in the Traiano neighborhood in Naples and depicting an unusual but very contemporary portray of teenagers at the time of the Camorra. Adele Tulli’s new documentary Normal is a fresh journey through the norms, stereotypes and genre conventions in today’s Italy. The film is produced by FilmAffair  coproduced by AAMOD, Istituto Luce Cinecittà (which will also release the film in Italy) and Intramovies, in association with Rai Cinema and Ginestra Film. Michela Occhipinti’s debut Flesh Out is a film on the transformation of the female body, produced by Vivo Film with Rai Cinema, in association with Films Boutique, with the contribution of MiBAC – Cinema Directorate General, with the support of Regione Lazio, and developed with the support of Creative Europe – MEDIA Program of the European Union.

After the success of The Last Things, the new project by Irene Dionisio, Arturo’s Voice, produced by Vivo Film, has been selected both for Berlinale Talents and Script Station. The Coproduction Market presents the new project by Thanos Anastopoulos, Second Home, an Italo-French-Greek coproduction following the success of his previous The Last Resort.

The selection of the Italian films for the Berlinale has been coordinated by the Department for the Promotion of Contemporary Cinema at Istituto Luce Cinecittà.