Organized by Istituto Luce-Cinecittà in collaboration with the Italian Institute of Culture, the first edition of Italian Doc Fest will be held in Rome from June 18 to 20. A number of recent Italian documentaries will be screened over three days at the prestigious Documentary Film Center, with the directors attending and participating in Q&A sessions.

The choice of Moscow as the city where to organize the first Italian Doc Fest, according to Enrico Bufalini (Director of the Historical Archive, Cinema and Documentary at Istituto Luce-Cinecittà), “is part of a wider cultural mission aiming to the circulation and internationalization of Italian cinema, and of Italian documentary cinema in particular, which we see as the most vital genre today, open to new aesthetic perspectives and production schemes. We also aim to deepen the dialogue with new market geographies, which appear as particularly dynamic today. Within this frame, Russia is an ideal place for this event: for the dynamics and the power of its fascinating production, and for the scale of its potential audience. Bringing seven documentaries to the Italian Doc Fest in Moscow means to offer pieces of Italian reality to an ideal audience. It’ll be fascinating to assess the reception and the universality of these films.”

As the event’s Executive Director Rino Sciarretta underlines, through these seven documentaries “the viewer goes on a journey to Italy through the eyes and minds of the filmmakers who tell both historical events (Enrico Caria’s The Man Who Didn’t Change History) and those curious and fun episodes from a film era (that of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s) that turn Rome and Italy into a reference point for the international film industry (Giancarlo Scarchilli’s and Massimo Spano’s The King of Paparazzi). The festival also hosts films about topical issues such as Adele Tulli’s Normal, Agostino Ferrente’s Selfie, Fabio Caramaschi’s Dark Corner. The selection is completed by two works that Sciarretta defines “unconvential”: Luigi Barletta’s mockumentary Il toro del pallonetto, and Felice Farina’s Atomic Conversations.