The fourth edition of Fare Cinema, the festival dedicated to the promotion of Italian cinema and its film industry, will take place online from June 14 to 20. This year’s theme is Reboot: Italian Cinema Restarts (Reboot – Il cinema Italiano riparte).
Fare Cinema is a yearly initiative organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and created in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (MiBACT), the Italian Trade Agency (ICE), the National Association of Cinematic, Audiovisual and Multimedia Industries (ANICA – Italy) and the Istituto Luce Cinecittà.
LIST OF EVENTS
Mario Sesti in Conversation with Jerry Ciccoritti and Saverio Costanzo
Available starting Wednesday, June 16
on the YouTube channel of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto
This year, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto is delighted to host an intriguing and entertaining conversation with two renowned film and television directors: Canada’s Jerry Ciccoritti and Italy’s Saverio Costanzo. Moderated by prominent Italian film critic and director Mario Sesti, the conversation will touch on various aspects of the film industry including the state of the author and the filmmaker working in film vs television, the business of entertainment as it relates to each country and the effects of streaming services in terms of local and international audiences. The directors will speak of their own experiences and creative processes, from theatre to television to cinema.
This event is presented in collaboration with Fondazione Cinema per Roma.
JERRY CICCORITTI, a second-generation Italian-Canadian, is one of Canada’s most provocative and in-demand award-winning directors, having directed feature films, television movies and mini-series and garnering accolades in all mediums over the course of his career. His features have consistently been invited to film festivals throughout the world and, in television, he has been awarded a Gemini for Best Film, seven Geminis for Best Director, three Directors Guild of Canada Awards and a Genie nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. He has directed biographies of some of Canada’s most influential and inspiring citizens, including the critically acclaimed mini-series Trudeau (2002) with which he changed the face of home-grown television. After co-founding the renowned Canadian Buddies in Bad TimesTheatre, Ciccoritti turned his hand to television in the early 1990s, where he quickly earned critical acclaim and awards working on projects including The Hitchhiker (1983), La Femme Nikita (1997), Catwalk (1992), Due South (1994) and the groundbreaking mini-series Straight Up (1996) I and II. While honing his distinctive style in television, Ciccoritti continued making feature films such as the controversial Paris, France (1993). His 1999 feature The Life Before This (1999) was selected for the Toronto and Berlin film festivals. In 2004, he directed the CTV television mini-series Lives of the Saints, based on the 1990 novel of the same name by Nino Ricci (Governor General’s Award for Fiction, 1990), starring Sophia Loren, Kris Kristofferson and Italian star, Sabrina Ferilli. More recently, Ciccoritti directed 14 episodes of the award-winning Canadian hit TV series, Schitt’s Creek.
SAVERIO COSTANZO is an acclaimed, award-winning film and television director and screenwriter. He received his degree in Sociology of Communication at Rome’s La Sapienza University and graduated with a thesis on Italian-Americans in Brooklyn. After various stints as a radio host, a TV series screenwriter for Italian national broadcaster RAI TV and creator of several commercials, at the end of the 1990s, Costanzo moved to New York, where he worked as an operator and assistant director. Eventually, he would devote himself to making documentaries. In 2001, he co-founded Offside with Mario Gianani, a production company that initially dedicated itself to the production of documentaries and historical programs for television and later, to that of feature films including, in 2004, Costanzo’s first feature, Private. A critical success, the film won several awards including the Golden Leopard and the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the 2004 Locarno Film Festival. In 2005, he was awarded the Silver Ribbon and the David di Donatello for Best Emerging Director. In 2007, he attended the Berlin Film Festival with his second work, In Memory of Me(In memoria di me). In 2009, he acquired the rights to make the film adaptation of Paolo Giordano’s best-seller, winner of the 2008 Strega book prize, The Solitude of Prime Numbers, which was nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 2010. In 2013, he directed the Italian version of the HBO series In Treatment. His film Hungry Hearts starring Adam Driver won 5 awards at the 2014 Venice Film Festival. More recently, Costanzo has directed the HBO series “My Brilliant Friend” based on the novel of the same name by Elena Ferrante.
MARIO SESTI has worked as a specialist in the film restoration of Italian postwar cinema, as a film critic for Italian news magazines and newspapers and as a film programmer for television broadcasters. He realized and directed films about Pietro Germi, Federico Fellini and the restoration process, which were shown at the MoMA, at the Festival of Cannes and at the Locarno Film Festival. His publications include essays and monographs on Fritz Lang, Nanni Moretti, Jane Campion, and detective movies. In 1997, his Tutto il cinema di Pietro Germi (The Complete Films of Pietro Germi) was awarded the Cinema Book of the Year in Italy. His work has been translated into English, French, German and Portuguese. As an author and cinema scholar, he has visited Princeton University, the University of Washington and the American Academy in Rome. As Artistic Director of the Rome Film Festival, he has had the opportunity to share the festival stages with prominent directors and actors including Martin Scorsese, Michael Mann, the Coen brothers, Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Francis Ford Coppola, Jim Jarmush, Arthur Penn, Olivier Assayas, Tim Burton, David Lynch, Jane Fonda, Michael Cimino, Spike Lee, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Connery and many others. Criterion has selected several documentary films by Sesti to be included in the DVD releases of films directed by Pietro Germi and Pier Paolo Pasolini.
BEYOND THE SCREEN | OLTRE LO SCHERMO
15 documentaries celebrate Italian cinema behind the scenes
June 14 to July 25
On the occasion of the fourth edition of Fare Cinema, an initiative dedicated to the promotion of Italian cinema in the world, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation presents Oltre lo schermo. Fifteen documentaries that tell the story of Italian cinema behind the scenes. The project is developed and produced by Audiovisiva, a platform that collects the best documentaries on Italian culture.
The collection’s films are available free of charge to the international public from the 14th June until 25th July 2021, upon registration and subject to availability, through the websites of the 82 Italian Cultural Institutes in the world and the website italiana (https://italiana.esteri.it/).
Luchino Visconti, Lina Wertmüller, Alida Valli, Dante Ferretti, Nino Rota, Giuliano Montaldo, Federico Fellini and more: the fifteen films in the collection, subtitled in Italian, hearing-impaired Italian, English, French and Spanish, take us on an exciting journey through Italian and international film production of the last 70 years to discover the hidden universe behind the scenes. Alongside the most well-known directors, documentaries turn the spotlight on the many extraordinary “hidden” professionals without which the magic of cinema would not be possible, today as in the past.
To access the film collection, click the link above on June 14 to register. Once registered, the 15 documentaries of the collection will remain available for viewing until July 25, 2021.
This event is presented in collaboration with Audiovisiva (www.audiovisiva.org).
THE NEW EMBRACE OF CINEMA: FROM THE PANDEMIC TO THE SET | IL NUOVO ABBRACCIO DEL CINEMA: DALLA PANDEMIA AL SET
Available on the website “italiana” starting Monday, June 14
This series focuses on the impact of the pandemic on the film industry in Italy. Short videos dedicated to cinema crafts and trades will speak to the industry’s ability to react under the pressure of such a crisis.
The videos will be available on the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website, italiana.
This event is presented in collaboration with Fondazione Cinema per Roma.
DAVID DI DONATELLO AWARDS
BEST SHORTS – 2021
Monday, June 14 to Sunday, June 20
AVAILABLE ON THE VIMEO CHANNEL OF THE ITALIAN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS PORTAL italiana
To mark the second annual World Day of ItalianCinema, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has renewed its collaboration with the Academy of Italian Cinema (Accademia del cinema italiano) and the National Association of Cinematic, Audiovisual and Multimedia Industries (ANICA – Italy) to bring to audiences the screening of the five titles selected in the “Best Short” category at the 2021 edition of the David di Donatello Awards.