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27 January 2019





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 February are Il Divo” and Mid–August Lunch”.  

Il Divo is a dramatic film focesued on the events leading up to a series of trials in the 1990’s in which Andreotti (Italian politicianwas accused of having links with the Mafia. It is directed by Paolo Sorrentino. He achieved international recognition for his 2004 thriller The Consequences of Love and his 2013 film, The Great Beauty. 

Mid–August Lunch is directed by Gianni di Gregorio. He is also one of the stars of this delightfully, warm and uplifting comedy. Gianni is unemployed and broke, due to the mounting debts for unpaid service charges on the apartment he shares with his imposing mother. However, the solution to his problems arrives with the Italian Mid-August holiday, which gives name to the movie celebrating the traditional lunch Pranzo di Ferragosto” indeed. Ferragosto is when most Italians head for the coast to escape the heat. During that day Gianni is forced to entertain his 93-year-old mother and three other feisty women, who will repay his debts in exchange for his service. 

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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