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Italian Cinema at the Victoria Film Festival 2022



Italian Cinema at the Victoria Film Festival 2022

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For lovers of Italian cinema in British Columbia, the 2022 edition of the Victoria Film Festival brings two Italian features to its BC audience: THE LAND OF THE SONS and SMALL BODY.

NOTE: The festival films are available only for residents in British Columbia.

Presented by the Victoria Film Festival with the support of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto


La terra dei figli

Director: Claudio Cupellini
Italy | 2021 | 120 min

Tuesday, February 8 | 9:30PM PST
The Vic Theatre
808 Douglas Street | Victoria BC


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 A strict father tries to raise his adolescent son in a post-apocalyptic world where most others choose to kill their children and save them the suffering. Together, they live a meagre and isolated life, scrounging for fish while living in a crumbling house which floats on the edge of the river. Every night, The Father diligently chronicles the day in a journal which becomes an untouchable tome for The Son who was never taught to read or write.

After the old man dies, The Son sets out on a journey into uncharted territory, desperate to find someone who will read him the words of the only kin he’s ever known.

Leon de La Vallée makes his acting debut with a feral performance that fits perfectly into the harsh reality of the film. Shot against the muddy landscape of the Po Delta, Cupellini takes us through a grounded and gritty sci-fi that’s committed to an idea instead of the minutiae that too often takes over the genre. The Land of the Sons pays close attention to familial relationships in a world that doesn’t remember what love actually looked like. Here, it’s used to chastise and control in a story that’s aware of just how much we forget when we don’t have a way to record the past. by Ammar Keshodia


Piccolo corpo

Director: Laura Samani
Italy | 2021 | 89 min

Saturday, February 12 | 4:15PM PST

The Vic Theatre
808 Douglas Street | Victoria BC


In 1900 in northeastern Italy, Agata goes through a hellish delivery to give birth to a stillborn daughter who is quietly buried while she’s recovering. When the village’s priest confesses that children who are dead at birth can’t be given a name or baptized, she hears whispers of a church in the snowy mountains that can resurrect her daughter just long enough to take a breath and be recognized under the eyes of God.

Without telling anyone, Agata departs from her small fishing community and sets out on a tumultuous journey. It isn’t long before she meets Lynx, an itinerant thief who wanders the region and agrees to help guide her to this rumoured sanctuary. Their expedition unfolds in what feels like abridged real-time, as we’re alongside Agata and her intense determination every step of the way.

Small Body takes personal grief and expands it across this mountainous region for a surprisingly contemporary examination of the various ways in which women inhabit the world. This striking first narrative feature from Director Laura Samani isn’t just a small-scale epic – it’s a thoughtful fable about a mother desperate to give a name to her daughter so that she may be remembered, even if by no one else other than herself.  by Ammar Keshodia






Date: Da Friday, February 04, 2022 a Sunday, February 13, 2022

Organized by : Victoria Film Festival

In collaboration with : Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto

Entrance : With fee


Online and in person at The Vic Theatre