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Cinema Made in Italy is offering the chance for you and a friend to go to an exclusive screening of the Italian filmUna Famiglia at Cine Lumiere on Sunday 11th March.

When CINEMA MADE IN ITALY returns to London’s Ciné Lumière, Italian cinema lovers will once again be able to sample some of the best recent Italian productions which are on offer, in yet another diverse and enticing programme.

The eighth edition of the city’s beloved Italian film festival will take place from 7 – 11 March. As always, screenings will be followed by film-maker Q&A sessions, giving viewers the chance to become engaged in lively discussions. ​

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To be in with a chance of winning tickets to the screening on  a pair of tickets to Una famiglia on Sunday 5thMarch at 6.30, all you have to do is answer this simple question: Who won the Oscar in 1971 for Best foreign Language film?

  1. Elio Petri
  2. Federico Fellini
  3. Gabriele Salvatores

 Email your response to monique.reid@premiercomms.com before the entry deadline – Thursday 8 March, 2:00PM – the winner will be notified by email.




The line-up includes eight new Italian films plus the 1977 classic title A SPECIAL DAY (Una Giornata Particolare), directed by the late maestro Ettore Scola and starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. The opening night film is Paolo Taviani’s World War II drama RAINBOW (Una Questione Privata), featuring Luca Marinelli (They Call Me Jeeg, Don’t Be Bad) and Valentina Bellé, recently seen in the Italian-British television drama series Medici: Masters of Florence.

One of the highlights to look forward to this year is Andrea Pallaoro’s heart-rending drama HANNAH, which earned Charlotte Rampling the Best Actress Award at the 2017 Venice International Film Festival. Other titles in the line-up which premiered in Venice are the wildly enjoyable musical LOVE AND BULLETS (Ammore e Malavita) by Antonio e Marco Manetti; the slick and creative animation film CINDERELLA THE CAT (Gatta Cenerentola) by Alessandro Rak; and Sebastiano Riso’s impressive second feature UNA FAMIGLIA.

Leonardo di Costanzo, who presented his award-winning film The Interval in London in 2012, will be making a welcome return with his latest feature THE INTRUDER (L’Intrusa), which screened in Directors’ Fortnight at last year’s Cannes International Film Festival. Sergio Castellitto’s social melodrama FORTUNATA also premiered in Cannes, in Un Certain Regard, landing Jasmine Trinca with the section’s Best Actress Award for her gritty performance as a poverty-stricken single mother. Lucia Mascino also delivers a stunning performance in STORIES OF LOVE THAT CANNOT BELONG TO THIS WORLD (Amori Che Non Sanno Stare al Mondo), by acclaimed director Francesca Comencini.

CINEMA MADE IN ITALY is organised by Istituto Luce-Cinecittà’s promotional department in Rome (Filmitalia), with the support of the Italian Cultural Institute in London, the official agency for the promotion of Italian language and culture in England and Wales. For further details on their activities, please visit: www.filmitalia.org / www.icilondon.esteri.it. The films were selected by Adrian Wootton, CEO of Film London.

Ciné Lumière : 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DT, T +44 (0)20 7871 3515

Tickets: £12/£10 (conc.); £9/£7 (conc.) for films in the ‘Sunday Classics’ section; £5 for viewers aged 25 and under, if registered for the ’25 and Under £5 Scheme’ on the French Institute website 


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After the runaway success of its first edition that registered complete sell outs for all screenings, ITALIA DOC comes back to London.
The only official UK series of screenings of contemporary Italian documentaries starts again on 21st November 2017 at 7pm!
Thanks to an important collaboration between UCL University College London and FilmItalia, all the screenings, which will take place at The Bloomsbury studio in London, will be FREE and followed by a Q&A session between Dr. Cristina Massaccesi and the film directors. 
All screenings will be in Italian with English subtitles.
Last year all the screenings were sold out: book your tickets in advance!

The first documentary to be screened will be ‘Crazy for Football’ by Volfango De Biasi on 21st November 2017 at 7pm

A group of patients from Mental Health departments all around Italy, a psychiatrist, Santo Rullo as the team manager, a former five-man football player, Enrico Zanchini as the coach and a world boxing champion, Vincenzo Cantatore, as the trainer. These are the protagonists of Crazy for Football, the documentary by Volfango De Biasi about the first Italian national ‘futsal’ team to compete in the world championships for psychiatric patients in Osaka. A film dedicated to football as a therapy and salvation.


• David di Donatello 2017: Best documentary • Los Angeles – Italia 2017: Italian Cinema Today • Festa del Cinema di Roma 2016: Riflessi

Free event

The following screenings will be

Tuesday 12th December at 7:00pm

Surbiles by Giovanni Columbu

The Surbiles are women apparently like all the others but who abandon their physical body between sunset and dawn either in their sleep or by means of drugs. They enter houses where children live and suck their blood. In the past, these women were blamed in the villages of Central Sardinia for the sudden and inexplicable death of many children. Some surbiles appear as benevolent figures who protect children from evil ones and fierce battles take place between the immaterial bodies of the two species of surbiles. This film, emerging from an anthropological research, reconstructs and recounts a few of these stories.

Free event

Book your tickets here https://www.thebloomsbury.com/event/run/17034

Tuesday 16th January at 7:00pm

Il monte delle formiche dir. Riccardo Palladino

For centuries, every summer on September 8th, swarms of winged ants travel to the “Mount of Ants” in Italy, where they mate in flight: the impregnated females create new colonies while the male ants die on the ground, at the foot of the sanctuary built on the top of this mountain and dedicated to “Our Lady of The Ants”. Tourists, curious and faithful, come here to witness this event. This singular phenomenon is the starting-point of the film’s reflection about the nature of ant and man, who can see himself mirrored in the little insects.

Free event

Book your tickets here https://www.thebloomsbury.com/event/run/17035

Tuesday, 20th February at 7:00pm

L’ultima Spiaggia dir. Thanos Anastopoulos and Davide Del Degan
A popular beach in Trieste, North-East of Italy, where a wall still separates men from women. A year spent thinking about frontiers, identities and different generations. A tragicomic look on human nature.

Free event

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The Italian Cultural Institute, in collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Istituto Luce Cinecittà and Curzon Artificial Eye, organizes a special screening of the 2016 Italian documentary Fire at Sea, directed by Gianfranco Rosi.

The Italian film director will attend the event, which will take place at Curzon Mayfair Cinema at 6.30pm.

Fire at Sea won the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival and It has been selected as the Italian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards next February, 2017.

The film was shot on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa during the European migrant crisis, and sets the migrants’ dangerous Mediterranean crossing against a background of the ordinary life of the islanders. The main characters are a twelve-year-old boy from a local fishing family and a doctor who treats the migrants on their arrival. In his acceptance speech for the Golden Bear award, Rosi stated that his intention was to heighten awareness of the migrant situation, saying, “It’s not acceptable that people die crossing the sea to escape from tragedies”.

Gianfranco Rosi is an Italian director, cinematographer, producer and screenwriter. His film Sacro GRA won Golden Lion at 70th Venice International Film Festival. Sacro GRA is the first documentary film to win Golden Lion in history of the Venice film festival and the first Italian film to win in fifteen years, after Gianni Amelio’s The Way We Laughed won the award in 1998. His 2016 film Fire at Sea, a documentary focused on European migrant crisis on the Sicilan island of Lampedusa, won the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. Rosi is the only documentary filmmaker to win two top prizes at major European film festivals (Cannes, Berlin and Venice) and is currently the only filmmaker besides Michael Haneke and Ken Loach to win two top European festival prizes in the 21st century.

When: Thursday 1 Dic 2016

Time:  6:30pm

Organized by : Italian Cultural Iinstitute London with Academy, Istituto Luce and Curzon Artificial Eye

Free entry


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Italian language services  is happy to present the Italian cinema through the pen of Italian writers and the eye of the Italian directors: we will present films based on Italian novels.

This short-course is designed for intermediate and upper-intermediate students of Italian.

The aim of this course is to expand the student’s knowledge of Italian cinema while improving their speaking, reading and listening skills through the participation in discussions based on selected scenes.

By taking part in this course, the students will expand and deepen their knowledge of Italian language and culture.The students will also develop a critical outlook and understanding of popular culture in Italian society by watching extracts and discussing selected movie scenes.

The teachers will use a communicative approach. All four skills (speaking, reading, listening and writing), will be practised, with emphasis on speaking.Students will also be offered guidance in self-study and be set optional homework tasks.

Dates: Sundays 5th/12th/ 19th June 2016

Number of hours per lesson:3

Total number of hours: 9

Time of lessons:13.30 – 16.30

Total price: £ 100

Location : Italian Cultural Institute, 39 Belgrave Square. London SX1X 8NX


Information and bookings

Italian Language Services at The Italian Cultural Institute

Monday to Friday, 2 – 5pm. Tel 020 7823 1887, courses@icilondon.uk

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2016 marks the sixth year of Cinema Made in Italy, an annual festival of Italian contemporary cinema, organised by Istituto Luce Cinecittà, in collaboration with Ciné Lumière and with the support of the Italian Cultural Institute in London.

This year’s edition showcases nine titles selected by film experts Giorgio Gosetti and Adrian Wootton, reflecting the best of Italian production, from Anna by Giuseppe Gaudino which won Valeria Golino a Coppa Volpi for Best Actress at Venice Film Festival to Wondrous Boccaccio by Masters Taviani Brothers, freely inspired by The Decameron. Other highlights include The First Light by Vincenzo Marra starring Riccardo Scamarcio, Claudio Cupellini’s romance The Beginners with 2010 Cannes Best Actor Elio Germano and this year’s Italian entry for Oscars, Don’t Be Bad by Claudio Caligari.

To top it all off, directors and actors will attend on stage Q&As after the screenings.


Anna (Per amor vostro)
Thursday 10 March, 6.15pm

First Light (La prima luce)
Friday 11 March, 6.20pm

The Beginners (Alaska)
Friday 11 March, 8.50pm

Wondrous Boccacio (Maraviglioso Bocaccio)

Saturday 12 March, 6.00pm

God Willing (Se Dio vuole)
Saturday 12 March, 8.50pm

Don’t Be Bad (Non essere cattivo)
Sunday 13 March, 4.30pm

They Call Me Jeeg Robot (Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot)
Sunday 13 March, 7.30pm

Long Live the Bride (Viva la sposa)
Monday 14 March, 6.30pm

Chlorine (Cloro)
Monday 14 March, 8.40pm

Venue: French Institute, 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DT

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After the success of our previous Italian Film Evening, we are thrilled to be back with yet, another event.

 Come and join us for a glass of wine, delicious homemade food and watch an award winning Italian film 


Where: La bottega del caffè 322 Regent Street, London W1B 3BH
Tube:  Oxford Circus
When: March 12th Thursday from 7.00pm
Entry: £.10,00

1 glass of wine and 1 focaccia included in entry price


Antonio – antonio.lucicesare@gmail.com
Giuseppe – gamoroso77@gmail.com

Booking: Highly recommended to avoid disappointment

Previous events:

7th of November Night @ the Italian museum

6th of June Aperitivo in musica

9th of May CineAperitivo

5th of March Fashion and Design

20th of June 2013 Italian Social Party

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Cinema Made in Italy 2014 will kick off on 5 March at Ciné Lumière, celebrating its fourth edition. The event, which has become an annual rendezvous, is organised by Istituto Luce Cinecittà/ Filmitalia and the Italian Cultural Institute and offers a 5-day showcase of the best recent Italian productions.



The Third Half
Wed 05 Mar     8.50pm + Q&A
Viva la liberta’
Wed 05 Mar     6.30pm + Q&A
Thu 06 Mar     6.30pm + Q&A
The Referee
Thu 06 Mar     8.50pm + Q&A
The Human Factor
Fri 07 Mar     6.30pm + intro & Q&A
The First Snow
Fri 07 Mar     8.50pm + intro & Q&A
Off Road
Sat 08 Mar     4.00pm + Q&A
Those Happy Years
Sat 08 Mar     6.30pm + intro & Q&A
How Strange to Be Named Federico!
Sat 08 Mar     8.50pm + intro
The Fifth Wheel
Sun 09 Mar     5.00pm + Q&A
Zoran, My Nephew the Idiot
Sun 09 Mar     7.30pm + Q&A


Date: Wednesday, March 05, 2014 – Sunday, March 09, 2014

Ciné Lumière, 17 Queensberry Place, London, SW7 2DT.

More Italian events in London: 

Italian aperitivo

Live music

Italian art

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La mia classe di Daniele Gaglianone

 An actor plays a teacher holding Italian classes attended by a group of immigrants who play themselves. They´re working in Italy and need to learn Italian to get their papers, become integrated, and make a living in their new home. Since they come from a variety of countries, each brings his or her own world into the classroom. During the shooting, however, something happens, and reality takes over: when the director shouts “Cut!”, the whole cast invades the set. Now they all become actors in the same true story, all in one “true fiction ” film: La mia classe.

With Valerio Mastandrea, Bassirou Ballde, Mamon Bhuiyan, Gregorio Cabral, Jessica Canahuire Laura, Metin Celik, Pedro Savio De Andrade, Ahmet Gohtas, Benabdallha Oufa, Shadi Ramadan, Easther Sam, Shujan Shahjalal, Lyudmyla Temchenko, Moussa Toure, Issa Tunkara, Nazim Uddin, Mahbobeh Vatankhah, Remzi Yucel

11 October 2013    20:30    NFT2 (BFI Southbank)

13 October 2013    12:30    RENOIR        

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Tomorrow the retrospective of the work of the Italian director Paolo Virzì kicks off.

More than 10 movies from Virzì  in 5 days, he has mastered the art of using tragi-comic characters and outlandish situations to make serious comments on modern-day Italy and its social issues.

The Italian Cinema London team looks forward to welcoming you to this latest event at Riverside Studios, buona visione.


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The Regione Puglia, the Italian Cultural Institute in London and Accademia Apulia UK are honoured to present to the international community ”Home – My Place in the World”, a calendar of Made-in-Puglia events showcased at various prestigious locations in central London.

Between 16-21 July 2012 Puglia’s contemporary artistic heritage, culinary tradition and magnificent natural landscapes at the Italian Cultural Institute in London.


19th of July  the film screening of Che bella Giornata
Will follow questions & answers with director Gennaro Nunziante and lead actor Checco Zalone.

Full calendar of the events: Italian Cultural Institute

made in puglia- Italian Cultural Institute

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