Despite the pandemic, Made in Italy has successfully kept on working on the promotion of Italian cinema abroad with all the traditional initiatives in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Russia that have been held online. Thanks to the new sanitary conditions, the new season kicks off physically with Cinema! Italia! the traditional event organized by Made in Italy in Germany, celebrating its 24th edition this year.

Organized with the contribution of Ministry of Culture/Cinema Directorate General and of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in collaboration with the Göttingen-based distribution company Kairos-Filmverleih, the Embassy, the Consulates and the Italian Institutes of Culture in Germany, the festival starts on September 16th and will continue until December 15th, 2021.

The initiative in Germany follows the activities of Made in Italy in Austria with the festival Nuovo Cinema Italia that took place in July, starting from Vienna and then touring through other Austrian cities.

The German tournée will stop in over 30 cities, including Hamburg, Munich, Köln, Lubek, Bremen, Bonn, Leipzig, Dresden, Hannover, Kassel, Stuttgart, Freiburg, Regensburg, Essen, Heidelberg and Darmstadt, to wrap up in Berlin.

The program includes six recent Italian films subtitled in German: Everything's Gonna Be Alright by Francesco Bruni, Parents in Progress by Laura Chiossone, Love Under House Arrest by Emiliano Corapi, The Predators by Pietro Castellitto, Rose Stone Star by Marcello Sannino, Hidden Away by Giorgio Diritti. Cast and crew will introduce the films to the German audience in some selected screenings.

For a better understanding of the selected films and Italian cinema in general, the audience is given a catalogue including film presentations and other critical materials. The festival has also a competition. For each screening, the audience can vote the film and the most-voted one will be eventually awarded in Berlin with a distribution deal for Germany, thanks to a collaboration between Kairos Filmverleih and Made in Italy, which contributes to the subtitling.

Data on audience appreciation will be made available to German distributors in order to encourage the acquisition of the films for Germany. Over 20 films presented throughout the previous editions of the festival found a German distribution. The most recent ones include Friends by Chance by Francesco Bruni, Lucia’s Grace by Gianni Zanasi, The Dog Snatch by Fulvio Risuleo, Rainbow – A Private Affair by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani.