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International Holocaust Remembrance Day: North American Premiere of "Figli del destino" (Sons of Destiny)



International Holocaust Remembrance Day: North American Premiere of

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Foreign Ministry renews its staunch commitment to preserve the memory of the Shoah, also abroad, through the numerous events and initiatives organised by our diplomatic network around the world, including the Italian Cultural Institutes.

In 2020, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Toronto commemorates this tragic event with the North American premiere of the film "Figli del destino" / Sons of Destiny (2019), directed by Francesco Miccichè and Marco Spagnoli.

"Figli del destino", tells the story of four Italian children, from the South to the North of Italy, facing the shame of racial laws and the wave of hate generated by Mussolini and Fascism against the Jews. This docu-drama is interspersed with interviews that document witness accounts of the hardships faced by the survivors who bravely tell their stories, coupled with re-enactments that bring to life their experiences.

Director Marco Spagnoli will introduce the film via Skype. A brief presentation about its historical context will be given by Dr. Carlo Coen (York University).


In January 2019, Italian national broadcaster, Raiuno, presented "Children of Destiny" with a viewership of 2.969.000. reaching a 12.4 audience share.




Francesco Miccichè is an italian director and scriptwriter of numerous prize-winning TV series, mini-series, movies, shorts and documentaries.

His last film, "You Can't Kiss the Bride" (Compromessi sposi) screened in 2019, starring Vincenzo Salemme and Diego Abatantuono. His second movie, "Rich in Fantasy" (Ricchi di fantasia) is a comedy written with Fabio Bonifacci, starring Sergio Castellitto and Sabrina Ferilli. He directed his first movie in 2015: "Loro chi? Choose who you want to believe" (Loro chi?) is a movie produced by Warner Bros., Italy. The film stars Edoardo Leo and Marco Giallini. It was released in Italy in 2015 and in the UK in 2016. "Loro chi?" was nominated for a David di Donatello Award in 2016 for Best New Director.

For Raifiction, on air on Raiuno, he directed four docufilms, including Sons of Destiny (which he co-directed with Marco Spagnoli): "Aldo Moro" (2018), "The Teacher" starring Sergio Castellitto (2018); "Paolo Borsellino: Now It’s Up to Me" with Cesare Bocci (2017), a film that mixes fiction and repertoire to recount the last days of in the life of Italian magistrate, Borsellino; in "Io sono Libero" (2016), written and directed with Giovanni Filippetto, which tells the story of Libero Grassi, a Sicilian businessman killed by the mafia.

In 2015, he directed "The Table of Alliance", a documentary about a performance of artist Daniela Papadia, winning recognition in the Peace on Earth Film Festival of Chicago and in the Women’s International Film and Art Festival in Miami. This project received the Accession of the President of the Italian Republic and its Medal of Representation for its high social and artistic value.

In 2013, at the 70th Venice Film Festival, he screened "Lino Miccichè, My Father". It is a moving homage to his father, Lino Miccichè, a renowned Italian Film Critic and film festival organizer. The documentary features interviews with: Bernardo Bertolucci, Marco Bellocchio, Vittorio Taviani, Citto Maselli, Michelangelo Antonioni, Carlo Lizzani, Federico Fellini, PierPaolo Pasolini, Bruno Torri, and many other friends and colleagues. The documentary won prizes in Italy and in Brasil, and a Special Mention from the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists.

Miccichè wrote and directed the short "Forbidden Kisses" (Baci Proibiti), starring a young Pierfrancesco Favino (Angels & Demons, The Chronicles of Narnia, Rush). The short won recognition at the 53rd Venice Film Festival (‘Finestra sulle Immagini’ section).


Marco Spagnoli is a film critic, a journalist, film director and screenwriter.

He conceived of and directed the montage film "Hollywood on Tiber", which had its world premiere in the Controcampo Italiano section of the 66th Venice International Film Festival: it was produced by Cinecittà Luce together with Studio Universal and was nominated for the 2010 David di Donatello in the “Best Documentary” category and for the Nastro d’Argento in the “Best Documentary on the cinema” category.

Spagnoli directed Hollywood Invasion (2011) made entirely with NBCUniversal footage of American productions in Europe, from mid the mid-fifties to the mid-seventies. The documentary had its world premiere at the 68th Venice Film Festival as a Special Event in the Controcampo Italiano section and it has been nominated at Focal International Awards 2012 in the category Best Use of Footage in an Arts Production.

"Giovanna Cau – Diversamente Giovane", a documentary on the life of Giovanna Cau, the legendary lawyer and agent of Marcello Mastroianni, Federico Fellini and many other leading figures of Italian cinema in the golden age, whom Spagnoli also produced had its world premiere at the Rome Film Festival in 2011 as a Special Event in the section called Extra. Giovanna Cau, because of this film, was honoured with an Italian Golden Globe and Silver Ribbon Award, while Spagnoli won a Special Prize assigned by the Italian Journalist Association.

In 2013, "Great Women: Anna Magnani in Hollywood" and in 2014, "Great Women: Sophia on Loren", both produced by NBC Global Network, premiered at the respective editions of the Venice Film Festival in the Venice Classics selection.

In 2014, he wrote and directed "Walt Disney and Italy – A Love Story", produced by the Walt Disney Company in association with Kobalt Entertainment. The documentary featuring footage from Walt Disney’s travels to Italy, as well as rare interviews with Federico Fellini and Umberto Eco, was distributed in theaters as a Special Event as part of a marketing campaign for the "Saving Mr.Banks" launch. To celebrate the third installment of the Disney – Pixar Cars franchise, he also wrote and directed his second feature documentary produced by the Walt Disney Company: "Roaring Engines".

The ninth edition of the Rome Film Festival hosted the world premiere of his doc “Enrico Lucherini – Some of my lies are true”, about the first Italian press agent who worked as a publicist for movies such as "La Dolce Vita" and who has been the personal PR for Sophia Loren.

In 2017, to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Cinecittà Studios, Spagnoli directed "Cinecittà Babylon – Sex, Drugs and Black Shirts", produced by Istituto Luce – Cinecittà.

In 2016 Seven Kings, the TV pilot he co-wrote with German screenwriter Michael Esser won 2nd place as Best Screenplay at IFS – Independent Film Showcase in Los Angeles.

Spagnoli is a member of the Italian Association of Film Journalists, of the Italian Association of Film Critics, of the Academy of the David di Donatello, of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI).


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Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Time: At 6:30 pm

Entrance : Free


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Figli del destino (Sons of Destiny)