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
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.