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ICFF 2013 Film Guide

Welcome to our review hub for the top films at ICFF this year. Click for the review!
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ICFF TORONTO: 11 DAYS OF THE BEST ITALIAN CINEMA

The second annual Italian Contemporary Film Festival has officially started! The festival is put on by L’Altra Italia Cultural Association

We were at the festival press conference back in May when the selection of films were announced and a few weeks ago, we shared our picks of five films that you cannot miss. Oh, and we’re also one of the proud sponsors of the festival. So to say that we’re excited is a huge understatement. More…


 

 

 

2nd Italian Contemporary Film Festival

In celebration of Ontario’s Italian Heritage Month, Toronto will be hosting the 2nd Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF) which started with an opening night party on June 26, 2013. More…


 

 

 

 

Italian Contemporary Film Festival hits Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox

The Toronto TIFF Bell Lightbox theatre welcomed hundreds of guests, film aficionados, and community members Wednesday night for the official launch of the second annual 2013 Italian Contemporary Film Festival. More…


 

 

 

 

ITALIAN CONTEMPORARY FILM FESTIVAL 2013

The second edition of the Italian Contemporary Film Festival presented by IC Savings will be hosted at The Royal for four days in July. More…


 

 

 

SILVIO SOLDINI’S COSA VOGLIO DI PIU’ CLOSES THE ICFF

More than one week and nearly 60 films later, the Italian Contemporary Film Festival came to a dramatic (and sensual) close last Saturday night, welcoming a famed Italian director while steaming up the big screen. More…


 

 

 

Weekly roundup: Award news

This Friday’s news includes Rufus actor Rory J. Saper snagging a prize in the Las Vegas film fest, and the winners at the Italian Contemporary Film Festival (award winner Real Gangsters pictured).

Read more about Weekly roundup: Premieres, mentorship and financing news


 

 

 

INTERVIEW WITH NICOLAS VAPORIDIS

Italian actor Nicolas Vaporidis, star of Outing – fidanzati per sbaglio and Notte prima degli esami sits down with myETVmedia to talk film making and acting.

Interview with Nicolas Vaporidis youtube video
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Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF) 2013 Closing Party & Screening of “Cosa Voglio di Più”

What a way to end the Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF) 2013! Held at one of our favourite venues, Andrew Richard Designs, the Italian Contemporary Film Festival Closing Party wrapped up their 2nd year in an Italian “Dolce Vita” style. More…



Real Gangsters Movie Premiere at the Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF)

The Canadian premiere of movie Real Gangsters was held at the tiff Bell Lightbox during the Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF) on June 30th, 2013. In attendance were the Real Gangsters’ cast & crew including Oscar and Emmy nominated actor Robert Loggia (Scarface, Independence Day, The Sopranos), Frank D’Angelo (writer, producer & director), Michael Pare (Eddie and the Cruisers, Streets of Fire), Robert Mangiardi (Death of a President), Nick Mancuso (Under Siege, Ticket to Heaven), Sean McCann (Affliction, Tommy Boy), Tony Rosato (S.N.L.), Graz Kovacs, Richard Lett, and Art Hindle (E.N.G, Face-Off). More…


 

 

 

 

5 things to do this weekend: Urban roots fest, Toronto Fringe & Italian film

As our regular CityNews.ca series continues, we look at events happening in the city for all ages and interests.

July 5-7, 2013

Toronto Urban Roots Fest: Hear the likes of Belle and Sebastian, Neko Case and Arkells play on two outdoor stages at the historic Fort York site. The Garrison Common at Fort York, 100 Garrison Rd. Friday gates 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday gates 11 a.m. Admission $50 and up. torontourbanrootsfest.com More…



Ricky Jay rolls up his sleeves in Deceptive Practice

Documentary is both a biography of master magician and actor Ricky Jay and a celebration of magic itself.

Ricky Jay is an accomplished magician and an actor known from The Prestige, Boogie Knights and the TV show Deadwood. More…



THE ITALIAN CONTEMPORARY FILM FESTIVAL (TORONTO 2013)

The second edition of the ICFF (Italian Contemporary Film Festival) runs in Toronto from June 26th to July 6th and promises a fine time of Italian films. Judging from last year’s festival, the number of films has more than doubled to 11. And this humble critic believes that the films screened are of a high standard showcasing both commercial and critical fare. More…



Italian Contemporary Film Festival hits Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox

The Toronto TIFF Bell Lightbox theatre welcomed hundreds of guests, film aficionados, and community members Wednesday night for the official launch of the second annual 2013 Italian Contemporary Film Festival.

The ICFF kicked off its first of 12 nights of film and festivities with the Italian box office hit “Benvenuto Presidente!” (“Welcome President!”), a comedy about a small-town fisherman being elected as president of the Italian Republic, making it the first North American screening for the film. More…



Guernica Author Antonio D’Alfonso’s Film to Play at TIFF for the Italian Contemporary Film Festival

Antonio D’Alfonso, translator for the upcoming Guernica Fall 2013 book Wings Folded in Cracks: Selected Poems (Author Jean-Pierre Valloton, Guernica 2013), will have his film Antigone showcased at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Cinema 2 on June 30th at 5pm for the Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF) in Toronto. This is a free event. More…


 

 

 

Italian-themed film festival a huge success in Vaughan


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Italian actress Valeria Marini makes a personal appearance at That’s Italy in Vaughan Saturday. Ms Marini appeared in I Won’t Pay, a comedy, that made its North American premiere in the IC Savings Italian Contemporary Film Festival Saturday at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto.

It was a cinephile’s delight as Italian films and Italian-filmed movies screened to sold-out crowds in Vaughan, Toronto and Montreal for a 10-day stretch from June 26 to July 6. More…


 

 

 

Italian contemporary film fest kicks off in Vaughan

Cinephiles will have a chance to get deep into Italian film later this month when the second edition of the Italian Contemporary Film Festival kicks off in Vaughan and Toronto.

Some 62 Italian and Italian-themed films and shorts will show on screens at the AMC Interchange in Vaughan and at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and Royal Cinema in Toronto from June 26 to July 6. More…


 

 

 

ICFF honours Berberian, Soldini

Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio was named best film by members of the Toronto Film Critics Association at the finale of the second annual Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF) on Saturday night [6].

The awards ceremony of the 11-day Canadian celebration of Italian and Italian-themed features and shorts included a life achievement award for Bread And Tulips director Silvio Soldini. More…



Interview with Silvio Soldini, Director of For Other Eyes and Come Undone

Only a minute into a conversation with Silvio Soldini and you’ll find yourself in awe at the depths of his thoughtfulness of the world around us. Soldini is proof that we can all find inspiration anywhere, even from the seemingly mundane routines of everyday life. The Italian film director will be premiering his documentary film, Per Altri Occhi (For Other Eyes), at the Italian Contemporary Film Festival’s (ICFF’s) closing night on July 6. The idea for the film came three years ago when Soldini went to see a therapist. It caught him by surprise when he discovered his therapist was blind and he became instantly fascinated and intrigued. More…


 

 

 

 

The Italianista is a new and proud supporter of Canada’s very own Italian Contemporary Film Festival! Since the time of the great director, Federico Fellini, Italian films have transcended national theatres to bring the world some of the finest cinematic productions in existence. Critically acclaimed and Oscar nominated films such La Vita E’ Bella, Il Postino and Cinema Paradiso have made waves internationally and have left their mark in movie history. From June 26th – July 6th, 2013 renowned films from Italy will be showcased at various theatres across Toronto and Montreal. Don’t miss your chance to experience the flavour and passion of Italian cinema. More…


 

 

 

 

Italian Contemporary Film Festival

The programmers of the Italian Contemporary Film Festival may not have secured a title as splashy and star-studded as Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love, but that’s okay. The second edition of the ICFF is more about confidence than dazzle. More…


 

 

 

 

ICFF 2013

Monica Nappo Discusses working w/ Woody Allen @ ICFF Opening Night Party
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Monica Nappo, one of the stars of W ZAPPATORE, discusses her experience of working with Woody Allen in TO ROME WITH LOVE with Allan Tong at the ICFF Opening Night Party. More…


 

 

 

Co-Founder Cristiano de Florentiis discusses film program for the 2013 Italian Contemporary Film Festival

Co-Founder Cristiano de Florentiis discusses film program for the 2013 Italian Contemporary Film Festival to be held in Toronto from June 26th – July 6th, 2013.


 

 

 

Cinemateque salutes Jacques Demy: a retrospective that sings and dances

Gotta Sing

For the late French director Jacques Demy (1931-1990), whose terminally underappreciated career is the subject of an essential Cinematheque Ontario career retrospective running at the Bell Lightbox to July 20, the Hollywood musical was a state of grace.

Even when people weren’t actually singing or dancing in his movies – figures as luminous as Anouk Aimée, Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac – so intense was their passionate yearning, it felt like they might burst into song at any moment. And so, when Gene Kelly himself turns up smiling radiantly into the camera part way through the fully-fledged high-kicking musical The Young Girls of Rochefort (tunes courtesy of the brilliant Michel Legrand), it feels as if heaven itself has fallen on France’s Atlantic Coast.


 

 

 

 

Italian Contemporary Film Festival Opens June 26th

The Italian Contemporary Film Festival, presented by IC Savings, kicks off on June 26, 2013 with the international premiere of BENVENUTO PRESIDENTE at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, followed by an exclusive Gala event at The Ritz-Carlton™ Toronto, a major sponsor of the festival. The second edition of the ICFF runs from June 26 – July 6, 2013 in Toronto and Vaughan.
Attending Celebrities include: Walter Nudo – (TV series Carabinieri and Incantesimo 8) also star of ICFF film HOPEFUL NOTES.

  • Monica Nappo – Italian actress (Woody Allen`s To Rome With Love). Star of ICFF film W ZAPPATORE
  • Nicolas Vaporidis – star of Italian box office hit OUTING: FIDANZATI PER SBAGLIO
  • Tony Nardi – award-winning Toronto actor – ICFF film LETTER TWO
  • Frank D’Angelo – Toronto writer, director, actor and musician – REAL GANGSTERS
  • Nick Mancuso – award-winning Toronto actor – ICFF film REAL GANGSTERS
  • Tony Rosato – Toronto actor (Night Heat) – ICFF film REAL GANGSTERS
  • Art Hindle – Award-winning Toronto actor (E.N.G.) ICFF film REAL GANGSTERS


Italian Contemporary Film Festival 2013

The second annual ICFF kicks off on Wednesday June 26 in Toronto. For eleven days, moviegoers can enjoy an array of Italian films, documentaries, and shorts at select venues in Toronto and Vaughan, including TIFF Bell Lightbox. Festival highlights include:

  • Eleven days of films from June 26 to July 6 ,2013
  • 3 GTA venues, including the prestigious TIFF Bell Lightbox
  • The highest quality Italian heritage films
  • Films from around the world
  • Features, shorts and documentaries
  • North American premieres
  • Italian‐Canadian independent films
  • Q&A sessions with filmmakers, actors and academics
  • Opening and closing gala parties
  • An experience that celebrates Italian culture & lifestyle
  • Building bridges in the multi‐ethnic community of Toronto

 

 

 

ET Canada’s Campanelli to Receive ICFF’s Award of Excellence

The Italian Contemporary Film Festival is proud to announce that Rick Campanelli will be presented with the ICFF’s inaugural Award of Excellence for his outstanding contribution to Arts and Entertainment in Canada, at the Opening Night of the festival on June 26, 2013, at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto.

Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Rick Campanelli has established himself as one of Canada’s most recognizable TV personalities. After spending nearly a decade with MuchMusic as one of their most popular VJs, chatting with the biggest names in the music industry, he left MuchMusic in 2005 for the launch of Entertainment Tonight Canada. As co-host of ET Canada, he offers viewers the inside scoop on the latest celebrity gossip, current affairs and pop culture trends, and chats with the biggest names in entertainment. More…


 

 

 

 

Radar: Italian Contemporary Film Festival, Maylee Todd, “Lost Rivers” Doc, Descant Summer Reader

FILM | Italian Contemporary Film Festival
The Italian Contemporary Film Festival begins tonight. For eleven days during Ontario’s “Italian Heritage Month”, this festival will bring you the best in modern Italian filmmaking, both from Italy itself, or other locations where an undeniable “Italian footprint” is part of the work. The screenings will take place at three different venues, and will be mixed in with various parties, lectures, Q & A sessions, and more. Tonight the festival kicks off with the first North American screening of director Simone Massi’s short film Io so chi sono (“I Know What I Am”), followed by Benvenuto Presidente!, directed by Riccardo Milani. The festival runs until July 6th.
TIFF Bell LightBox, Cinema 1 (350 King Street West) 6:30PM $12 (students $10) More…


 

 

 

A look at ICFF 2013

The Italian Contemporary Film Festival kicks off this Wednesday night and will screen approximately sixty films across three locations until July 6.

Speaking at the event’s media conference at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on May 28, festival co-founder and artistic director Cristiano de Florentiis paid tribute to the “Italian city” that exists in Toronto. With over 500, 000 Italians living here, the festival consistently reflects the growing and ever-changing cultural landscape of Italian artistic expression. More…


The second edition of the Italian Contemporary Film Festival presented by IC Savings will be organized in Toronto and Montreal from June 26 to July 6, 2013.

This ambitious project will consist of the screening of a selection of quality films in three GTA venues, in Italian or other foreign languages subtitled in English; this international festival will select the works from all over the world that bear a clear Italian footprint.

ICFF is a Festival that takes place during Canada and Ontario’s “Italian Heritage month.” As the only Italian Film Festival in Canada, ICFF will be an influential showcase for contemporary cinema of Italian origin from all over the world and will bring together filmmakers and audiences to celebrate Italian heritage cinema and explore its new frontiers. ICFF will be 11 days of cinematic experiences centered on Italian life, culture and history. Using the power of the moving image to both entertain and educate, ICFF defies conventional perspectives on complex and challenging issues facing both the Italian and the global communities.


 

 

 

The Italian Contemporary Film Festival

The Italian Contemporary Film Festival from June 26th- July 6th at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Over 50 film screenings Canadian and World premieres. Exclusive VIP galas with guest stars from Italy and around the world. Tickets on sale now. Single Film ticket $12.00, movie voucher of 8 films $60.00. Opening Reception June 26th at the Ritz Carlton $75.00 and $ 85.00 including Film. The Ritz Carlton is offering special room rates for festival $285.00 including breakfast and Film tickets for 2 please reserve directly with Ritz Carlton. To reserve your Film tickets call TIFF Bell Lightbox 416 599 8433 or ICFF website.



Rick Campanelli honoured with ICFF award

The Italian Contemporary Film Festival will present Rick Campanelli with its Inaugural Award of Excellence, for his outstanding contribution to arts and entertainment in Canada.

Campanelli spent nearly a decade as a VJ for MuchMusic before leaving in 2005 for the launch of Entertainment Tonight Canada, where he currently co-hosts.

Campanelli is also involved with numerous charitable organizations including Tuberous Sclerosis, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, McMaster Children’s hospital, World Vision and Kid’s Help Phone.

The award was presented at the festival’s opening night on Wednesday, at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto.



Congrats To Rick Campanelli From ET Canada!

ET CANADA co-host Rick Campanelli, who can be heard weeknights at 5:25 on CHFI during the “Afternoon Scoop”; to be honoured with Italian Contemporary Film Festival’s Inaugural Award of Excellence!

AWARD TO BE PRESENTED AT OPENING NIGHT PRESENTATION OF ICFF
JUNE 26 AT 6:30 PM AT TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX
ICFF RUNS JUNE 26 — JULY 6, 2013 IN TORONTO AND VAUGHAN
TORONTO, ON – June 26, 2013 – – The Italian Contemporary Film Festival is proud to announce that RICK CAMPANELLI will be presented with the ICFF’s inaugural Award of Excellence for his outstanding contribution to Arts and Entertainment in Canada, at the Opening Night of the festival on June 26, 2013, at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto. More…


 

 

 

Italian Contemporary Film Festival is Back Stronger for 2013

BEST OF CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN FILMS CONFIRMED FOR SECOND EDITION OF THE ICFF IN TORONTO FESTIVAL KICKS OFF WITH INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE OF POLITICAL SATIRE BENVENUTO PRESIDENTE! STARRING CLAUDIO BISIO (Oscar® winner Mediterraneo) FILMS BY OSCAR® WINNERS SALVATORES AND TORNATORE AND 24 FEATURE FILM PREMIERES ICFF RUNS: JUNE 26 — JULY 6, 2013 IN TORONTO AND VAUGHAN More…


 

 

 

Also Playing: Monsters Attack! Italian contemporary films and more

There’s more on the big screen than the blockbusters: Here’s a look at some of this week’s smaller festivals, worth checking out at a city near you:

Monsters Attack!

Toronto’s Revue Cinema is screening a week of creature features beginning June 21, starring some of the greatest monsters of cinema history. Monsters Attack! begins Friday night with a double bill of 1979’s Alien and its 1986 sequel, Aliens. Saturday brings Dracula and Frankenstein, pictured, from 1931, Jurassic Park 3D and Jaws 3D. The rest of the week includes giant apes (1931’s King Kong), insects (1958’s The Fly), skeletons (1963’s Jason and the Argonauts), things (1982’s The Thing) and the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man (Ghostbusters, 1984). More details at revuecinema.ca.

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ICFF 2013 GALA OPENING & TOP FILMS

The 2nd annual ICFF (Italian Contemporary Film Festival) kicks off with an impressive lineup of 62 Italian and Italian-themed films Wednesday June 26th. The grand opening night gala party held at the Ritz Carlton follows the Italian box office hit “Benvenuto Presidente”, a political comedy starring Oscar winner Claudio Bisio (Mediterraneo). The ICFF will also showcase six feature films in Montreal this year at the Cinematheque Quebecoise June 26 – 30th. Toronto screenings will take place at TIFF Bell Lightbox, The Royal Alexandra Theatre and AMC Interchange in Vaughan. Each year the ICFF awards films in four different categories:

  • ICFF People’s Choice
  • Award Angela Baldassarre
  • Award IC Saving Award
  • Best Short Film

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JUNE IS ITALIAN HERITAGE MONTH

June is the month to celebrate all things Italian Canadian. Across Canada, various groups and organizations are hosting or presenting Italian-themed events, from street fairs, to musical concerts, to exhibitions, literary readings and film screenings.

In 2010, the Ontario legislature passed a bill to officially declare June Italian Heritage Month. Although the status is technically only recognized in Ontario, over the years, cities all across Canada have unofficially adopted the declaration. Today, there is an event, or two, or even three, in a city near you. More…


 

 

 

ICFF to open with Benvenuto

Riccardo Milani’s political comedy (pictured) stars Claudio Bisio as a librarian who is mistakenly voted in as Italian president.

Selection highlights include Gabriele Salvatores’ Siberian Education, Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Last Leopard: Portrait Of Goffredo Lombardo, Matteo Garrone’s Reality and Jerry Ciccoritti’s The Resurrection Of Tony Gittone.

The festival is set to run until Jul 6 and expands this year to Montreal where a selection will screen from Jun 26-30 in collaboration with La Cinématheque Québecoise.


 

 

 

Lifetime honour for Silvio Soldini

Soldini will receive ICFF’s first Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his body of work that spans a career of over three decades, amassing 11 awards and 14 nominations for his shorts, documentaries and feature films. More…


 

 

 

The bright side of Toronto

Toronto has been making news in the past few weeks, for all the wrong reasons. Torontonians who travel find themselves being asked: What on earth is going on in your city? The right answer to that is: Quite a lot, actually, most of it good.

The mayor’s troubles are overshadowing what is a moment of brilliant promise for the city of my birth. The once-poky downtown is teeming with life. The long-neglected waterfront is being transformed at last. Cool new parks are opening. New transit lines are being built. Immigrants continue to pour in from all corners of the globe. The air and water are cleaner than they have been for decades. More…


 

 

 

 

Fun List of Films In Toronto for the ICFF

The Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF) runs June 26- July 6 and the list of feature films they’ll be showing is amazing! I just might have to take a drive to Toronto for Benvenuto Presidente!

Thanks James, for the info!

Feature Films:

  • Berberian Sound Studio
  • Benvenuto Presidente
  • Bianca come il latte, rossa come il sangue
  • Cavalli
  • E io non pago – L’Italia dei furbetti
  • E’ Stato il Figlio
  • Fiabeschi Torna a Casa
  • Hopeful Notes
  • Il Mundial Dimenticato
  • Into Paradiso
  • Io Sono Li
  • L’Ultimo gattopardo – ritratto di goffredo lombardo
  • La Ragazza del Lago
  • Le Guetteur
  • Outing, Fidanzati per Sbaglio
  • Padroni di Casa
  • Real Gangsters
  • Reality
  • Su Re
  • The Resurrection of Tony Gitone
  • Thermae Romae
  • Tsunami Tour – un comico vi seppellirà
  • Una Domenica Notte
  • Una Famiglia Perfetta
  • Viva l’Italia
  • W Zappatore

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June, 2013

Diaz: Don’t Clean Up This Blood

Set during the final days in 2001 of the G8 summit in Genoa, Italy, Diaz concerns itself with how a thrown bottle set off a chain of events that ended in forced deportations, falsified evidence and left three people comatose. 125 police officers were tried. None were punished. Amnesty International described this event as: “The most serious suspension of democratic rights in a Western country since the Second World War.” More…

 

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June, 2013

Cavalli

To teach his children about responsibility, an overbearing father (Cesare Apolito) orders his sons Alessandro (Vinchio Marchioni) and Pietro (Michele Alhaique) to tame two wild horses. Alessandro dreams of the big city, while Pietro is content to remain in the countryside. After finally taming their horses, they resolve to find their fortune in the city, but Pietro eventually returns home, leaving Alessandro on his own. More…

 

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June, 2013

Reality

Reality is a 2012 Italian drama directed by Matteo Garrone, starring first time actor Aniello Arena (Luciano) and Claudia Gerini (Loredana Simioli). After winning acclaim with his 2008 crime film “Gomorrah” Garrone wanted to take a totally different direction and decided to make a comedy. More…

 

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June, 2013

Benvenuto Presidente

The Italian Contemporary Festival (ICFF) kicks off with “Welcome president!” a comedy directed by Riccardo Milani. It is the first of two big-screen divertissement of political argument being released at the ICFF as a North American Premiere. The second one being “Viva l’Italia” by Massimiliano Bruno. These two satires and social criticism tells us a lot about the health of the Italian political system with its corruption, nepotism, and sarcastic politicians. More…

 

my etv media

June, 2013

Viva l’Italia

Directed by Massimiliano Bruno, this is a funny, poignant movie about family. Michele Placido portrays Michele Spagnola, a long time politician with a crappy home life. A session with a showgirl leaves him brain damaged and no longer able to lie, instead shouting what he really thinks at anyone who can hear him. More…

 

my etv media

June, 2013

Il Mundial Dimenticato

The World Cup is the biggest event in the soccer world. Running every four years, it pits the best players against each other for fortune and glory. Between its beginning and the present, it only ever skipped once, in 1942. During World War II. What if it didn’t? How could you organise a tournament when the world was at war? Where could you play when half of Europe is a smoking hole? Who would play? More…

 

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June, 2013

W Zappatore

Marcello Zappatore is a 30 something guitarist in a Satanist heavy metal band. His mother is a devout Catholic who prays for him daily. Tensions within both his family and his band are exacerbated by Marcello’s sudden development of stigmata and his apparent status as one of God’s chosen prophets. Now he’s on the news, kicked out of the band for ruining their image, and surrounded by corrupt priests and sycophants out for a quick buck. More…

 

my etv media

June, 2013

Hopeful Notes

Set in a Russian children’s hospital, and starring Walter Nudo as Alex, Hopeful Notes is a touching story about hope, death and music. Alex is an engineer and pianist dilettante who finds himself volunteering at a children’s hospital, when Misha, a 10 year old violinist is admitted with leukaemia. Within the stuffy and depressing walls of the hospital, Alex and Misha decide to bring music and fun to children who don’t have very long to live. More…

 

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June, 2013

Outing – Fidanzati per sbaglio

In their village of Puglia (Southern part of Italy on the Adriatic side) Federico (Nicolas Vaporidis) and Riccardo (Andrea Bosca) have been best friends since childhood. Federico is a penniless playboy, while Riccardo is a young fashion designer. To pursue his dream, Riccardo trades his home for Milan. When Frederick discovers that the Puglia Region provides funding in support of business activities, he convinces Riccardo to come back and open a fashion house. More…

 

my etv media

June, 2013

It Was the Son

‘It Was The Son’ (E’Stato Il Figlio) formerly ’The Son Did It’ is an amazing character driven story presented as a black comedy and set in Palermo, Sicily. It follows the struggles of a lower class Sicilian family trying to cope with the tragic death of their daughter. It is told from the view of an omniscient onlooker. The tragic situation suddenly changes for this family when they discover they can seize an opportunity to acquire a large sum of money as compensation for their loss from the government. More…

 

BENVENUTO PRESIDENTE!

I’ll be completely honest; I do not know a lot about Italian culture, Italian history, and I do not speak Italian. I know where Italy is on a map, I know a bit about their political situation and I know a little bit about their fashion scene. So when I was invited to the opening night of the Italian Contemporary Film Festival to not only listen to the hosts speak about this beautiful film festival, but to see the premiere of Benvenuto Presidente! I was quite excited. More…


 

 

 

8 Movie Reviews from Pretty Clever Films

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5 Movie Reviews from Toronto Film Scene

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Real Gangsters wins best Canadian movie at ICFF in Toronto

TORONTO, July 8, 2013 /CNW/ – Frank D’Angelo’s first movie venture – Real Gangsters, a star filled mob film – received standing ovations and won the IC Savings Best Film Award for the contribution to the Canadian and Italian culture.

“Of course, given all the wonderful films that participated in the festival, it was not an easy decision to pick only one for the IC Savings ICFF award,” said Fausto Gaudio CEO of IC Savings. More…


 

 

 

10 Movie Reviews from myETVmedia

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Four must-see movies from the Italian Contemporary Film Festival

Just a few weeks after Toronto dined on Italian food during the annual Taste of Little Italy festival comes another Mediterranean experience. The 2013 Italian Contemporary Film Festival kicks off tonight, with over 60 features, shorts and documentaries playing for 10 days across Toronto.

Kicking off with a very charming comedy, the festival reveals the best of Italian cinema and creativity, with special guests and celebrations throughout. Here are our top picks for this year’s event. Click Here


 

 

 

The Italian Contemporary Film Festival: Shun Li and Poet Review

Opposites attract in Shun Li and the Poet, an award-winner that makes its premiere as part of the second annual Italian Contemporary Film Festival. Opening with a voiceover about the importance of upholding the traditions of poetry, the film unfolds in a lyrical mode, contrasting the lonely existences of two outsiders in a soggy Italian village: Shun Li (Zhao Tao), a Chinese immigrant holding down a lousy job as a barmaid, and Bepi (Rade Serbedzija), an Eastern European fisherman whose dopey exterior belies a yearning to express himself in verse. More…


 

 

 

Benvenuto ICFF 2013

The Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF) returns to Toronto for its second edition. This year’s slate, 50% larger than the inaugural edition, includes a wide array of genres – from comedies and searing political dramas – to documentaries and shorts, and covers a variety of issues.

In addition, the ICFF is expanding to Montreal this year with a selection of films to screen in collaboration with La Cinématheque québecoise, from June 26 – June 30.

The festival kicks off tonight, June 26th, with Italian box office hit, BENVENUTO PRESIDENTE, a political comedy directed by Riccardo Milani. The opening night film stars Claudio Bisio (Oscar® winner Mediterraneo) as a modest, good-hearted librarian and avid fisherman who bears the famous name of Giuseppe Garibaldi. Through a series of voting glitches, “Peppino” finds himself mistakenly elected President of Italy, and thus leaves his small mountain village to embark on a colourful and fantastic adventure in Rome. Before long, he becomes a maverick statesman who wins over the disheartened nation with his enthusiasm, goodness, and honest nature. But behind the scenes, political machinations are afoot.

A few other feature films I’d like to point out are: Click Here


 

 

 

5 films to watch at the Italian Contemporary Film Festival

The Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF), now in its second year, takes place during Ontario’s Italian Heritage month, and as the only Italian film festival in Canada, ICFF celebrates all things Italian with screenings of a selection of quality films in three GTA venues, in Italian or other foreign languages subtitled in English. During the 11 day event, you’ll be able to see an incredible array of contemporary film. More…


 

 

 

Documentary shows the positives of growing older

The stories they tell are a mix of fact and fiction. They forget names and faces of loved ones. They laugh easily and sing songs. And they might not be in the best health or have much longer to live, but they are full of life.

Angela Bianchi made these discoveries while observing her elderly aunt interact with friends she made at the Harold and Grace Baker Centre, a retirement residence and long-term care facility at Caledonia Road and Castlefield Avenue.

“They’re funny, but stationary,” the York resident said. “They are still living.”

A documentary filmmaker, Bianchi had the idea of video taping her 93-year-old aunt, Domenica, along with several of her companions, for a film she later titled Zia and Friends. More…


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