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TOP Movies in June Part 2 — June, 2012

Toronto will see a wonderful lineup of contemporary new Italian Cinema, which will feature 16 North American premieres of comedies, drama, documentaries and short film. There will be 6 days of screenings and receptions with a grand finale at TIFF Bell Lightbox where the winners of the two inaugural awards will be announced. Meet the stars and the filmmakers behind these wonderful movies. More…


 

 


Italian Contemporary Film Festival Launches in Toronto June 26 — July 1, 2012

ICFF co-founders Cristiano de Florentiis and Maurizio Magnifico announced the line-up of films that will screen at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, the AMC 30 Interchange Cinemas in Vaughan and the Royal Cinema. The 16 Canadian and North American premieres include comedies, dramas, documentaries and shorts.

Woody Allen’s eagerly awaited TO ROME WITH LOVE will have its Canadian Premiere as the closing night film for the ICFF on June 30, 2012. Six days of screenings and receptions will be capped with the Closing Night Ceremony on July 1, 2012 at 9:00 PM at the TIFF Bell Lightbox where the ICFF will announce the winners of two inaugural awards. More…


An edgy Italian-Jewish farce

2012-06-22

Pizza Bagel, one of the offerings at this week’s inaugural Italian Contemporary Film Festival, is an edgy Italian-Jewish farce turning on the pitfalls of cross-religious dating. Joe Mari’s short, scheduled to be screened on Sunday, July 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the TIFF Bell Lighthouse theatre, is seriously funny. Tommy (Michael Pillarella), a young Canadian of Italian descent, has invited his Jewish girlfriend, Rebecca (Alona Metzer), to his father’s house for supper, and he’s a nervous wreck as he anticipates her imminent arrival. More…


Film festival matchup: Korean vs. Italian

NEW ITALIAN AND KOREAN FESTS: Bruschetta or kimchi? That’ll be the question facing viewers as they decide on the appropriate appetizer before their movie main courses, as new festivals of Italian and Korean cinema make their debuts. The Italian Contemporary Film Festival launches June 26 with the Canadian premiere of La Kryptonite Nella Borsa, a family comedy by I Am Love screenwriter Ivan Cotroneo. It plays 7 p.m. at TIFF Bell Lightbox. More…


 

 

 

 

Kryptonite!
Sweet ramble

Kryptonite!, which opens the inaugural Italian Contemporary Film Festival, doesn’t really go anywhere, but the journey is still sweet. In his debut feature, screenwriter Ivan Cotroneo (I Am Love) pursues his preoccupation with family dynamics, this time tracking a Neapolitan clan dealing with the cultural upheaval of the early 70s. More…


Rino Noto’s, Piazza Petawawa: The Paradox
Documentary screens at the Italian Contemporary Film Festival on opening night

Produced by highly-praised photographer Rino Noto, documentary film Piazza Petawawa: The Paradox- a joint venture with the Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association of Toronto, will kick off the inaugural Italian Contemporary Film Festival on June 26 as its opening feature. The moving and telling documentary tells the stories and harsh realities about the internment of Italian-Canadians during World War II and honours the experiences of individuals who were interned in the Petawawa concentration camp for being “enemy aliens”. More…


 

 

Italian Contemporary Film Festival showcases cultural cinema
North York’s Cristiano de Florentiis co-founder of inaugural event

2012-06-15

Cristiano de Florentiis’ passion for cinema began at an early age.
At 14, the North York resident became an official jury member at the Giffoni International Film Festival, the largest children’s film festival in Europe, which takes place in the southern Italian town of Giffoni Valle Piana, near Salerno. “I carried that passion with me in Canada,” he said. More…


 

 

 

Italian Contemporary Film Festival coming to TIFF Lightbox

He may forever be linked with Manhattan, but Woody Allen also feels some amore for Rome. The filmmaker’s To Rome With Love is the closing night film for the inaugural Italian Contemporary Film Festival. It will be the Canadian premiere for the film, which features a star-studded cast including Canadian actress Ellen Page, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis and Jesse Eisenberg. Cast member Monica Nappo, who plays Sofia, will be at the screening. More…


 

 

 

Italian Contemporary Film Festival’s inaugural year presents new Woody Allen film

Another film festival kicks off in this fine city of ours, and this time, the aim is to celebrate the best in contemporary Italian cinema. From June 26 to July 1, 2012, the Italian Contemporary Film Festival will screen a variety of offerings, from feature-length fiction to documentary and shorts. Industry panels also take place, as one of the festival’s main goals is to increase distribution for the works of both new and established Italian artists worldwide. More…


 

 

 

Italian Contemporary Film Festival

This year is the inaugural Italian Contemporary Film Festival, which will screen contemporary Italian cinema from around the world. There will be shorts, features and documentaries, some being screened in North America for the first time, and q&a sessions with filmmakers, actors and more. Some of the films include Woody Allen’s latest To Rome With Love and Che Bella Giornata (What a Beautiful Day) which set box office records in Italy. Films are screened at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, AMC 30 Interchange Vaughan, and The Royal.


 

 

 

Il cinema italiano in Canada alla prima edizione dell’Icff

Data pubblicazione: 2012-06-11

Una nuova immagine dell’Italia con la proiezione dei migliori successi cinematografici del Belpaese. Questo l’intento principale della prima edizione dell’Italian Contemporary Film Festival (Icff), che si terrà dal 26 giugno al 1 luglio a Toronto, nel grattacielo e centro culturale del Tiff Bell Lightbox. Il Festival, nato quest’anno e fondato da Cristiano De Florentis e Maurizio Magnifico, è posto a conclusione dell’Italian Heritage Month, mese in cui il Canada ha celebrato la cultura italiana e l’apporto degli italo-canadesi nella crescita della nazione nordamericana. More…


 

 

 

The Italian Contemporary Film Festival in Toronto.
The only festival of its kind in Canada will showcase a selection of international, national, and local movies.

Date: 2012-06-08

With the start of Italian Heritage Month officially underway, it is only fitting that a new project regarding Italian cinema also be announced. On May 31st, the official launch of the Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF) took place at trendy Alimento Restaurant on King Street West in Toronto. The event was a media preview to what is the inaugural year of the festival and the only one of its kind. Corriere Canadese and Tandem are proud to be one of the sponsors of the festival that will run from June 26 to July 1, 2012. “Toronto is city of so many festivals and with a love for film festivals, but also an Italian city where the Italian presence is strong. More…


 

The inaugural Toronto Italian Contemporary Film Festival, ICFF

Date: 2012-06-07

Something wonderful is coming to Toronto, Canada, June 26th through July 1st – the Italian Contemporary Film Festival ICFF . The Inaugural Italian Contemporay Film Festival was announced at a press conference held at Toronto’s Alimento Restaurant. Toronto will see a wonderful lineup of contemporary new Italian Cinema, which will feature 16 North American premieres of comedies, drama, documentaries and short film. There will be 6 days of screenings and receptions with a grand finale at TIFF Bell Lightbox where the winners of the two inaugural awards will be announced. More…


 

 

 

Film festival showcases Italian cinema

Date: 2012-06-05 

Italy boasts a rich cinematic history crowned by legendary filmmakers such as Federico Fellini, Roberto Rossellini and Michelangelo Antonioni, but it doesn’t end there, according to Cristiano de Florentiis and Maurizio Magnifico.
To prove it, the pair founded the Italian Contemporary Film Festival featuring works by the new wave of Italian filmmakers. More…


 

 

 
ITALIAN CONTEMPORARY FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCHES IN TORONTO

Data pubblicazione: 2012-06-02

The inaugural Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF) was launched today at a media event held at Toronto’s Alimento Restaurant, gathering members of the media, the Italian community and the Canadian film industry. Each year the ICFF will showcase a selection of films representing the best in new Italian cinema for Toronto audiences. More…


 

 

 

 

Italian Contemporary Film Festival Launches in Toronto June 26 — July 1, 2012

Date: 2012-06-01
ICFF co-founders Cristiano de Florentiis and Maurizio Magnifico announced the line-up of films that will screen at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, the AMC 30 Interchange Cinemas in Vaughan and the Royal Cinema. The 16 Canadian and North American premieres include comedies, dramas, documentaries and shorts.
Woody Allen’s eagerly awaited TO ROME WITH LOVE will have its Canadian Premiere as the closing night film for the ICFF on June 30, 2012. Six days of screenings and receptions will be capped with the Closing Night Ceremony on July 1, 2012 at 9:00 PM at the TIFF Bell Lightbox where the ICFF will announce the winners of two inaugural awards.


 

 

 

 

 

 
Italia racconta ai giovani di TORONTO con ICFF

Data pubblicazione: 2012-05-31

The inaugural Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF) was launched today at a media event held at Toronto’s Alimento Restaurant, gathering members of the media, the Italian community and the Canadian film industry. Each year the ICFF will showcase a selection of films representing the best in new Italian cinema for Toronto audiences. In addition to Woody Allen’s eagerly awaited TO ROME WITH LOVE, which will have its Canadian Premiere as the closing night film for the ICFF on June 30, 2012, screenings will include 16 Canadian and North American premieres ranging from comedies and dramas to documentaries and shorts.


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La scomparsa di Patò trionfa a Toronto

‘La scomparsa di Patò’, film del regista Rocco Mortelliti, è stato premiato come miglior film al Festival Italian Contemporary di Toronto. La pellicola è tratta dall’omonimo romanzo di Andrea Camilleri

E’ la ‘La scomparsa di Patò’, del regista Rocco Mortelliti, a essere premiato come miglior film al Festival Italian Contemporary, al Tiff Bell Light Box di Toronto. Il film è tratto dall’omonimo romanzo di Andrea Camilleri (anche cosceneggiatore del film), solo film cinematografico realizzato da uno dei libri dello scrittore siciliano. More…


 


Terraferma e la Kryptonite nella borsa premiati dal pubblico dell’Icff di Toronto
Menzione d’onore al film di Woody Allen e un riconoscimento a La scomparsa di Patò

TORONTO – L’edizione inaugurale dell’Italian Contemporary Film Festival si è conclusa domenica con la premiazione dei vincitori. Il festival, presentato da IC Savings, ha preso il via il 26 giugno e ha riscosso grande successo con la premiere di 16 film del panorama cinematografico italiano contemporaneo. L’evento si è svolto in tre diverse sedi: al Tiff Bell Lightbox, al Royal Cinema e all’AMC Interchange di Vaughan. Registrato un record di vendite (oltre il 90%) soprattutto per i gala di apertura e chiusura, quest’ultimo ospitato all’interno del Consolato italiano, per l’occasione decorato in tema al film di Woody Allen To Rome with Love. More…


 

Tanti i rappresentanti della comunità italocanadese presenti alla serata di gala

TORONTO – L’Italian Contemporary Film Festival ha ufficialmente preso il via al Bell TIFF Lightbox di Toronto, con il film La Kryptonite nella borsa (Kryptonite!).
Diretto da Ivan Cotroneo, giunto a Toronto per l’occasione, il film è stato apprezzato dal pubblico e dai critici, conquistandosi ottime recensioni al Rome International Film Festival. La storia, che vede il debutto di Cotroneo nel ruolo di regista, è ambientata nella Napoli del 1970. More…


 

 

 

 

Commedie, drama e docufilm: ciak sul cinema italiano a Toronto

2012-06-22

TORONTO – L’Italian Contemporary Film Festival si svolgerà a Toronto dal 26 giugno al 1° luglio e farà parte delle varie iniziative nel cartellone dell’Italian Heritage Month. Il Festival – voluto da Cristiano de Florentiis e Maurizio Magnifico – vuole essere un punto di partenza per un confronto su temi culturali e in particolar modo sui valori, lo stile di vita e la storia italiana. Tre le location scelte per le proiezioni, alcune delle quali anteprime in Canada: il TIFF Bell Lightbox, il Royal Cinema e l’AMC Interchange a Vaughan. More…


 

 

 

 

Il cinema italiano in Canada alla prima edizione dell’Icff

Data pubblicazione: 2012-06-11

Una nuova immagine dell’Italia con la proiezione dei migliori successi cinematografici del Belpaese. Questo l’intento principale della prima edizione dell’Italian Contemporary Film Festival (Icff), che si terrà dal 26 giugno al 1 luglio a Toronto, nel grattacielo e centro culturale del Tiff Bell Lightbox. Il Festival, nato quest’anno e fondato da Cristiano De Florentis e Maurizio Magnifico, è posto a conclusione dell’Italian Heritage Month, mese in cui il Canada ha celebrato la cultura italiana e l’apporto degli italo-canadesi nella crescita della nazione nordamericana. More…


 

 
 
 
A Toronto il Festival del Cinema Italiano con la premiere From Rome With Love

Data pubblicazione: 2012-06-02

Sedici film tra documentari e pellicole di vario genere. Un premio in ricordo di Angela Baldassarre
TORONTO – Tra le celebrazioni organizzate a Toronto per festeggiare l’Italian Heritage Month, non poteva mancarne una in onore del cinema italiano. Giovedì ha avuto luogo il lancio ufficiale dell’Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF), presso il ristorante Alimento, su King Street West. L’evento, unico nel suo genere, è stato solo un assaggio del festival che, quest’anno alla prima edizione, si svolgerà dal 26 giugno all’1 luglio, sponsorizzato, tra gli altri, da Corriere Canadese e Tandem. More…


 

Italia racconta ai giovani di TORONTO con ICFF

Data pubblicazione: 2012-06-01

TORONTO – Fino ad oggi, a Toronto, molte comunità’ etniche hanno promosso la loro arte cinematografica e con essa automaticamente lo sviluppo sociale, tecnologico ed artistico dei loro paesi e l’Italia, per anni, e’ stato un grande assente in questo contesto. Con l’ICFF (Italia Contemporary Film Festival), posto a conclusione dell’Italian Heritage Month, Cristiano De Florentis e Maurizio Magnifico, fondatori dell’evento, hanno voluto dare un sostanziale contributo alla promozione della nuova industria cinematografica italiana a Toronto. More…


Film Reviews

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June, 2012

Terraferma

Filmed off the coast of Sicily and written/directed by Emanuele Crialese, this movie tells a passionate, timely and beautiful story about the human bond. Refugees are fleeing countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea (Africa; Tunisia, Algeria, Libya…). Sicily and its small islands are the closest point of land (Terraferma). Men, women and children hoping for a safe asylum, are fleeing in desperation, escaping war and terrors we can only imagine More…

 

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June, 2012

Basilicata Coast to Coast

Basilicata Coat to Coast is a romantic and loving tribute to a little-known part of Italy, Basilicata, punctuated by a wonderful soundtrack of jazzy songs composed by director Rocco Papaleo. Music is the backbone of the story. If you like Jazz and Swing you will love the jam sessions written in sympathy with the sensitivity and ambience of the landscape; the Basilicata’s canyons, dry dirt roads and barren vistas, the fishing spots and quaint villages More…

 

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June, 2012

Immatury – Il Viaggio

Immature – The Trip is the hilarious sequel to the blockbuster comedy of 2011. The film is funny and entertaining. Seven friends finally complete their high school exams (it has taken 20 years to accomplish) and decide to take a trip to a Greek Island as the reward. This is a trip they should have taken as free spirited teens but now they will go accompanied by wives, girlfriends, parents and children. More…

 

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June, 2012

La scomparsa di Pato

irector Rocco Mortelliti’s adaptation of Andrea Camilleri’s novel, set in Sicily, starts as a simple detective story in 1890 with the disappearance of local banker Antonio Patò (Neri Marcoré). The story becomes much more than a detective story with sharp social commentary on Italy’s class system, political interference and the true nature of power. More…

 

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June, 2012

Piazza Petawawa

DDirector Rino Noto brings to life with poignancy and dignity the disturbing, shameful and little known treatment of Italo Canadians that started in 1940 and continued over the course of the next 3 years in Canada. Mackenzie King, Prime Minister of Canada, decided that certain Italo Canadians were a threat to the safety of Canada. More…

 

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June, 2012

La Kriptonite Nella Borsa

An enchanting love story, La Kryptonite Nella Borsa (Kryptonite!)is a powerful tale about a boy, a family, and a superhero. As meaningful as it is creative, the film captures the essence of mature topics through the delightfully comedic lens of childhood. First time director Ivan Cotroneo (I Am Love) captures a whimsical spirit akin to that of Amélie, utilizing a similar structure of character development for the young Peppino (Luigi Catani). Highly entertaining, the film’s one shortfall is in the emotional translation between the characters and the audience More…

Review: Terraferma – Italian Contemporary Film Festival 2012

Italy’s official entry into the Best Foreign Film category at the 2011 Academy Awards, Terraferma is indeed a striking film, even if it is a bit heavy-handed in doling out its message. Director Emanuele Crialese, who was also behind Respiro and Golden Door, has made a film that attempts to portray a bit of fun-in-the-sun balanced with a guilty social conscience by focusing his camera on the issue of African immigration into Italy. More…


Immaturi – Il Viaggio: ICFF Film Review

Immature – The Trip is the hilarious sequel to the blockbuster comedy of 2011. The film is funny and entertaining. Seven friends finally complete their high school exams (it has taken 20 years to accomplish) and decide to take a trip to a Greek Island as the reward. More…


ICFF 2012 Review: Terraferma

Toronto audiences may be familiar with Emanuele Crialese’s Terraferma (Dry Land), as it premiered at TIFF last year and was Italy’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2011 Academy Awards. If you didn’t catch it, this Wednesday evening is your opportunity. It’s a film that manages to cast a critical eye on one of the most emotional contemporary struggles of our time, that of the question of illegal immigrants and our national and personal responses to their presence and their role. Movies have an incredible ability to address that most basic human right to live with dignity, and Terraferma embraces this challenge. More…


La scomparsa di Pato’ (The vanishing of Pato’): ICFF Film Review

Director Rocco Mortelliti’s adaptation of Andrea Camilleri’s novel, set in Sicily, starts as a simple detective story in 1890 with the disappearance of local banker Antonio Patò (Neri Marcoré). The story becomes much more than a detective story with sharp social commentary on Italy’s class system, political interference and the true nature of power. More…


Review: Che Bella Giornata – Italian Contemporary Film Festival 2012

The fact that Che Bella Giornata (What a Beautiful Day) made Italian box office history last year by becoming the most successful homegrown film of all time just goes to show how much Europeans love their slapstick comedy (you’ve heard that whole thing about Jerry Lewis and France, right?). More…


Terraferma Film Review ICFF

Winner Jury Prize – Venice Film Festival 2011

Filmed off the coast of Sicily and written/directed by Emanuele Crialese, this movie tells a passionate, timely and beautiful story about the human bond. Refugees are fleeing countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea (Africa; Tunisia, Algeria, Libya…). Sicily and its small islands are the closest point of land (Terraferma). Men, women and children hoping for a safe asylum, are fleeing in desperation, escaping war and terrors we can only imagine. They come on boats that are crowded and unsafe, they swim for dear life. More…


ICFF 2012 Review: La Giusta Distanza

I always look forward to Italian dramas about relationships; you just know they’re going to be full of thought-provoking platitudes dreamed up by characters who don’t seem to have very demanding day-jobs and who, in a matter of days can entice or repel their neighbours through bumbling slapstick. La Giusta Distanza, in the first 15 minutes, might fall into this category, but overall it’s not your average love story. More…


Basilicata Coast to Coast: ICFF Film Review

Basilicata Coat to Coast is a romantic and loving tribute to a little-known part of Italy, Basilicata, punctuated by a wonderful soundtrack of jazzy songs composed by director Rocco Papaleo. Music is the backbone of the story. If you like Jazz and Swing you will love the jam sessions written in sympathy with the sensitivity and ambience of the landscape; the Basilicata’s canyons, dry dirt roads and barren vistas, the fishing spots and quaint villages. More…


Review: La Scomparsa Di Pato – Italian Contemporary Film Festival 2012

Unfolding like a good, old-fashioned pulp mystery novel, La Scomparsa Di Pato (The Vanishing of Pato) makes its Toronto debut at the Italian Contemporary Film Festival and is sure to delight audiences with its gallows humour and precisely plotted story. Based on the 2000 novel by Andrea Camilleri, the story follows the investigation of the disappearance of a banker named Antonio Pato (Neri Marcoré) who goes missing during a traditional Good Friday re-enactment of the Passion of Christ. More…


Pizza Bagel: ICFF Film Review

The short comedy Pizza Bagel is directed by Joe Mari, who also wrote the screenplay with Michael Pillarella, who is one of its stars.  Gino Cafarelli, Alona Metzer and Canada’s “Queen of Comedy”, Carla Collins also star in the film. More…

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