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Italian Movies at the Toronto International Film Festival

Italian Movies at the Toronto International Film Festival

Italian Movies at the Toronto International Film Festival

by Francesca Facchi

Toronto – It has already been 40 years since, at the start of every September, Toronto comes under the world’s spotlight. The city hosts one of the most important and prestigious film festivals in the world, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), gathering under the shadow of the CN Tower actors, directors, journalists and, obviously, spectators, who can enjoy the premieres introduced by the protagonists themselves.

This year, during the eleven days of the festival (8-18 September), we will see several Italian films, which are also international or North American premieres.

Besides Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea), directed by Gianfranco Rosi, the festival features Acqua e zucchero: Carlo Di Palma, i colori della vita (Water and Sugar: Carlo Di Palma, the Colours of Life) directed by Fariborz Kamkari.
It is a tribute-documentary by the director, cinematographer, screenwriter Carlo Di Palma, whose talent is celebrated through outstanding excerpts from his films and interviews of luminaries he collaborates with in his career, from Ken Loach and Wim Wenders to Ettore Scola and Bernardo Bertolucci. The docufiction Mister Universo directed by Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel follows the picaresque journey of a lion tamer in search of “Mister Universo”, and it represents a chance for the directors to describe Italy’s circus world.

There are Italians even in the short film section, Marco Gentiloni, a young director who comes to the festival with Semiliberi, set in a female prison, while amongst full length-films the two dramas Indivisibili (Indivisible) and Fai bei sogni (Sweet Dreams), respectively directed by Edoardo de Angelis and Marco Bellocchio, stand out.

Both dealing with the topic of separation, the former explores it through the eyes of two teenage Siamese twins confronting the possibility, claimed by a doctor, to be separated. The latter is based on the biographical best-seller by Massimo Gramellini.
It deals with the difficulties experienced by a man who tries to face the loss of his mother, who died when he was a child.

Finally, it is worth noticing the presentation to the festival of the restored version of La battaglia di Algieri, the anticolonialist movie by Gillo Pontecorvo (1965), banished in France till 1971 and still able to offer much food for thought.

(Thursday 8 September 2016)

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