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More than 150 Cinema del Reale professionals (thanks to italiandoc.it – the largest Italian documentary film archive) have nominated five finalists for the Doc/it Professional Award for Best Italian Documentary of the Year. Viewers from Italy and across Europe will vote to decide the winner of the Audience Award offered by the 100autori association.



Tuesday 5 May, 6.30pm


2013 – 98’

Stop the Pounding Heart directed by ROBERTO MINERVINI

Sara is the oldest sibling in a family of goat farmers and has been brought up according to the strict edicts of the Bible. The film explores adolescence, family, social values and gender roles in rural America.

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Friday 8 May, 6.30pm


2014 – 96’

SmoKings directed by MICHELE FORNASERO

The Messina brothers, owners of Yesmoke, a small Italian cigarette factory, decide to take on the tobacco multinationals at their own game.

Followed by a Q&A with the director.

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Tuesday 12 May, 6.30pm


2013 – 88’

The Stone River directed by GIOVANNI DON FRANCESCO

The small town cemetery described by Edgar Lee Masters in the celebrated Spoon River Anthology appears to exist in reality: the town of Hope is in Vermont and has a large Italian population.

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Friday 15 May, 6.30pm


2013 – 72’

Dal profondo directed by VALENTINA PEDICINI

Where do we end up when we die? Underground, we have always been told. Dal Profondo shifts perspective to show lives hidden 500 metres below ground, and the life of one woman: Patrizia, Italy’s only female miner.

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Tuesday 19 May, 6.30pm

Sacro Gra

2013 – 93’

Sacro GRA directed by GIANFRANCO ROSI

Rome’s GRA (Grande Raccordo Anulare) is Italy’s longest urban motorway. Few think of it as an urban space to explore. Gianfranco Rosi, turning his eye to his own country, decided to spend three years getting lost in this unique landscape.



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Italian Cultural Institute, 39 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8NX

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The lagoon of Venice is the cradle of an ancient civilization, the documentary “Lagunalonga” tells its great beauty, for those who live there and for those who want to discover the magic of this extraordinary ecosystem, in footage shot by historic boats and helicopter, and passionate words of many witnesses, both fishermen and historians, administrators and artisans.

The documentary reveals a possible sustainable use of the lagoon, to discover the genius loci of Venice. Tells about the widespread and almost unknown network of the remains of lagoon heritage: museums of material culture, landscapes, traditional crafts, food and wine, underwater, military industrial and classic archaeology . The nodes of this network are interconnected from the tourist-cultural itinerary Lagunalonga. The documentary describes them and enhances an experience of slow visit, many days and the whole lagoon long.

Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Opening times: 6.30pm

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The Juif Anglais d’Alexandrie is a documentary written and directed by Giuseppe La Rosa and Oliviero Olmi. It explores the hectic career of the artist Daniel Schinasi founder of the Neofuturism. Going through the history of the artistic movement, Schinasi unveils his own life story the reminiscences of Costa Azzurra, Spain, Greece Egypt and Israel and the memories of a lifetime.

Schinasi talks to his friends, his wife, with himself, retracing the steps of his career devoted to the Mediterranean people, to art and music, to the daily life but also to tragic events such as the Inquisition and the Shoah. The viewer gradually discovers the many aspects of Schinasi work through these confessions. The shapes and colours are recalled from his past, above all the exile from his native land, Egypt, that still represents a vivid memory in the artist’s.

Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Opening times: 6.30pm

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