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2 December 2018




The Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK (ICCIUK) is delighted to present an Italian Film Season - an exciting programme of nine Italian films spanning more than 50 years.

The films of November are “The garden of Finzi Continis” and “Breath”.

The Garden of the Finzi Continis is set just before the outbreak of WW2 and tells the story of the Finzi Continis, an aristocratic Jewish family protected from the outside world by the walls of their idyllic estate who don’t comprehend the threat of Mussolini’s Fascists until it is too late.

The film was adapted from the 1962 novel by Giorgio Bassani and was filmed in the story’s actual location of Ferrara, in Emelia-Romagna, Northern Italy.

The Breath is directed by Emanuel Crialese, he was born in Rome in 1965, but pays tribute in film after film to his Sicilian roots.

Emanuele Crialese’s 2002 film is a slow paced, visually stunning film shot entirely on Lampedusa, an island situated between Sicily and North Africa (now famous for the immigrant boats crossing the Mediterranean trying to get to Europe).

Valeria Golino is the only professional in the cast, which is otherwise made up of local islanders.

All the films will be introduced by the guest speaker Maggie Hoffgen, who will also lead a discussion session after each screening for anyone who wishes to join in (complimentary refreshments are provided in the theatre bar). Maggie worked at the Goethe-Institut in Manchester as a lecturer and teacher trainer for over 10 years. Her interest in film led her to do an MA in Film Studies. Film notes will be provided.

Films are screened in Italian with English subtitles.

All films must be pre-booked.

Payment can be made either directly online, or alternatively by cheque or internet bank transfer to Manchester Film Weekender.

Tickets are excellent value, particularly if you book for the whole season which costs just £40 for all nine films.

Any five films cost £25.00, or individual film tickets are £7.00.

The theatre will open from 2.15pm, the speaker will introduce the film at 3.00pm and screenings begin at 3.15pm.

Programme details:

Sunday 2nd September: Rome, Open City - Roberto Rossellini (1945)

 Sunday 7th October: Bicycle Thieves - Vittorio De Sica (1948)

 Sunday 21st October: Salvatore Giuliano - Francesco Rosi (1962)

 Sunday 25th November: Padre Padrone - Taviani brothers (1973)

 Sunday 2nd December: The Garden of the Finzi Contini - De Sica (1982)

 Sunday 9th December: Respiro - Emanuele Crialese (2002)

 Sunday 27th January 2019: I’m not Scared - Gabriele Salvatores (2003)

 Sunday 10th February 2019: Il Divo - Paolo Sorrentino (2008)

 Sunday 24th February 2019: Mid-August Lunch - Gianni Di Gregorio (2008)

The event is organised by Manchester Film weekender.

For more info you can send an email to: info@manchesterfilmweekender.org.uk

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