4 – 9 March – Ciné Lumière – London

IF ONLY (Magari), directed by Ginevra Elkann

The tenth edition of CINEMA MADE IN ITALY will kick off with Ginevra Elkann’s

debut feature IF ONLY (Magari) on Wednesday 4 March at the Ciné Lumière in London.

Filmitalia is delighted to confirm the attendance of the following filmmakers,

who will be available for press interviews:

Ginevra Elkann (director) – IF ONLY

Riccardo Scamarcio (actor) – IF ONLY and STOLEN DAYS

Gabriele Salvatores (director) – VOLARE

Valeria Golino (actress) – VOLARE and 5 IS THE PERFECT NUMBER

Igor Tuveri aka Igort (director) – 5 IS THE PERFECT NUMBER

Chiara Malta (director) – SIMPLE WOMEN

Michela Occhipinti (director) – FLESH OUT

Guido Lombardi (director) – STOLEN DAYS

Phaim Bhuiyan (director/actor) – BANGLA

Federico Bondi (director) – DAFNE

Carlo Sironi (director) – SOLE


IF ONLY (Magari)

Director: Ginevra Elkann

Cast: Riccardo Scamarcio, Alba Rohrwacher, Milo Roussel, Ettore Giustiniani, Oro De Commarque, Céline Sallette, Benjamin Baroche, Brett Gelman, Luigi Catani

Running time: 100 mins

“Captivating drama of a connected family that is a partly autobiographical and impressive debut from noted producer Ginevra Elkann” – Adrian Wootton (Programmer – Cinema Made in Italy)

Alma, Jean and Sebastiano are three tight-knit siblings who live with their mother in Paris. One day they are packed off to Italy to spend the rest of the school holiday with their unconventional father, Carlo (Riccardo Scamarcio), who they haven’t seen for two years. Instead of taking them on the skiing trip they had been promised, Carlo whisks them off to a rundown coastal cottage. They are joined by his bohemian co-writer and lover Benedetta (Alba Rohrwacher), and what ensues is a shambolic Christmas package to remember, complete with a first crush, acts of teenage rebellion, but also tender moments of reconciliation. This semi-autobiographical film by accomplished producer and first-time feature director Ginevra Elkann received critical acclaim when it opened the Piazza Grande section at last year’s Locarno International Film Festival.

Ginevra Elkann croppedGinevra Elkann studied film directing at the London Film School. She began her film career as assistant director on Bernardo Bertolucci’s Besieged and was also a video assistant on Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley. Ms Elkann is an accomplished producer and distributor (respectively, at Italian companies Asmara Films and Good Films). Her production credits include Abdellatif Kechiche’s Mektoub, My Love (Canto uno), Noaz Deshe’s White Shadow and Babak Jalali’s Frontier Blues. Since 2006 she has been President of the ‘Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli’ art gallery in Turin.

Riccardo Scamarcio was born in Trani, Apulia in 1979. He trained as an actor at the ‘Scuola Nazionale di Cinema’ in Rome. His debut acting role was in an Italian TV series in 2000, which soon led to major parts in feature films. His acting credits include Three Steps Over Heaven, Michele Placido’s Romanzo Criminale, Go Go Tales, directed by Abel Ferrara, John Wick: Chapter 2 and Loro, directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Besides having a successful acting career, Scamarcio is also an established producer.


Director: Federico Bondi

Cast: Carolina Raspanti, Antonio Piovanelli, Stefania Casini

Running time: 94 mins

“Life affirming and spirited portrait of a young woman with Down’s syndrome which focuses refreshingly on her independence and feisty personality as she makes her way in the world” – Adrian Wootton (curator of Cinema Made in Italy, CEO of Film London and the British Film Commission)

Dafne (Carolina Raspanti) is a strong-willed young woman with Down syndrome who lives with her parents, Luigi (Antonio Piovanelli) and Maria (Stefania Casini). The family balance is shattered when Maria suddenly dies at the end of a summer holiday. As Luigi falls into an isolating depression, Dafne’s response is to verbally lash out at this upheaval in her life. When Dafne suggests that she and her father go on a weekend trip to Tuscany, it proves to be a turning point for them both. Together they find the strength to come to terms with their grief, as well as develop their father-daughter bond. This heart-warming observational dramedy screened in the Panorama section at last year’s Berlinale and picked up the FIPRESCI prize there before going on to win numerous other awards at major festivals around the world.

Federico Bondi croppedAfter studying film at the University of Florence, Federico Bondi worked as a documentary and commercials director. His debut feature Mar Nero premiered at the 61st Locarno International Film Festival, where it won several prizes, including the Best Actress Award. The film went on to screen at numerous other international festivals and was nominated for further awards, including the ‘David di Donotello’ and the ‘Nastro d’Argento’ for Best New Director.

STOLEN DAYS (Il ladro di giorni)

Director: Guido Lombardi

Cast: Riccardo Scamarcio, Massimo Popolizio, Augusto Zazzaro, Carlo Cerciello, Giorgio Careccia, Vanessa Scalera, Rosa Diletta Rossi, Katia Fellin, Christoph Hülsen, Giuseppe Cristiano, Leandra Concetta Fili, Mily Culturera Di Montesano, Michele Capuano

Running time: 105 mins

“Bittersweet, powerful road movie with noir thriller overtones as a father and son reunited embark on a dangerous journey” – Adrian Wootton (Programmer – Cinema Made in Italy)

Salvo (Augusto Zazzaro) was five years old when his father Vincenzo (Riccardo Scarmacio) was arrested and put in jail. The young boy was sent to live with relatives in Northeast Italy, and seven years later Vincenzo shows up again, to take Salvo down to Puglia for a few days. This seemingly innocent pleasure jaunt turns out to be a perilous drugs transportation mission, using Salvo as a prop to keep the cops at arm’s distance. At first, father and son barely recognise each other, and in pursuit of love and affection Salvo observes Vincenzo’s lawless actions and starts to imitate him. During their long car journey, they are confronted with the truth about their relationship, and start to reconnect and make up for lost time.

Guido Lombardi was born in Naples in 1975, where he graduated in Guido Lombardi croppedSociology. He has worked with Abel Ferrara and Paolo Sorrentino, and his first feature La-Bàs – Criminal Education received the Luigi De Laurentiis Award for a Debut Film – Lion of the Future, as well as the Critics’ Week Audience Award for Best Film at the 2011 Venice International Film Festival. His second feature Take Five premiered at the 2013 Rome International Film Festival. Since 2013 and 2019 he has had three novels published: Non mi avrete mai, Teste matte and Il ladro di giorni, which was adapted for the screen.

FLESH OUT (Il corpo della sposa)

Director: Michela Occhipinti

Cast: Verida Beitta Ahmed Deiche, Amal Saad Bouh Oumar, Aminetou Souleimane, Sidi Mohamed Chinghaly

Running time: 95 mins

“Unusual and distinctive dramatisation of a young woman’s ‘preparation’ for marriage in the unique culture of Mauritania” – Adrian Wootton (Programmer – Cinema Made in Italy)

Living in Mauritania, working in a beauty salon and addicted to social media, Verida (Verida Beitta Ahmed Deiche) is a modern girl. However, before getting married in three months’ time she needs to undergo ‘gavage’, or force-feeding, so that she gains a substantial amount of weight to become voluptuous, and thus an ideal model of beauty and wealth. This means that her mother will ensure that she eats and drinks as much as ten times a day. As the weeks of this trial go by and the impending wedding approaches, Verida starts to question her life and her country’s traditions. Michela Occhipinti’s emotionally rich film is a sympathetic portrait of a woman awakening to misogynistic conditioning disguised as cultural convention. The film screened in the Panorama section at last year’s Berlinale.

Born in 1968, Michela Occhipinti spent her childhood in Rome, Hong Kong, Geneva and Morocco. In 2003 she spent a year in Argentina and made her first documentary film Give Us Back the Constitution (¡Viva la Pepa!), a portrait of the country’s social situation. From 2005 – 2007 she worked with the Italian TV channel RAI 2 to direct several reports on immigration issues. Her other documentary films include Sei Uno Nero, addressing the prevention of HIV and malaria in Malawi, and the feature-length documentary Lettere dal deserto (Elogio della lentezza), which was shown at over 80 festivals around the world.

VOLARE (Tutto il mio folle amore)

Director: Gabriele Salvatores

Cast: Claudio Santamaria, Valeria Golino, Diego Abatantuono, Giulio Pranno, Daniel Vivian, Marusa Majer, Tania Garribba

Running time: 97 mins

“Blackly comic and gripping tale of a young boy trying to get to know his estranged father from Gabriele Salvatores (I Am Not Afraid), one of Italy’s most acclaimed directors” – Adrian Wootton (Programmer – Cinema Made in Italy)

Willi (Claudio Santamaria), who wanted to be a singer, is the biological father of a boy he has never met. One night, he works up the courage to meet his son, discovering that he isn’t anything like he had imagined. Willi couldn’t have foreseen how that small gesture of responsibility is only the beginning of a great adventure, one that will bring father and son together. Their journey takes them along the deserted roads of the Balkans, allowing them to get to know one another, as well as discover themselves. Elena (Valeria Golino) and Mario (Diego Abatantuono), who have gone in the search of their son, will be able to say all those things they have been unable to say, until now. This contemporary road movie by the Academy Award-winning director Gabriele Salvatores had its world premiere at last year’s Venice International Film Festival.

Director_Gabriele_SalvatoresBorn in Naples, screenwriter and film director Gabriele Salvatores started out in the theatre, founding the Teatro dell’Elfo in Milan in 1972, for which he directed several avant-garde pieces up until 1989. He is best known for his films Marrakech Express, On Tour, Nirvana, Sud and Mediterraneo, which won the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film in 1992.

Valeria Golino is best known to English-language audiences for her roles in Rain Man and the two Hot Shots! films. She is one of three actresses to have won the Venice International Film Festival Best Actress award twice: in 1986 for A Tale of Love and in 2015 for her lead role in Anna. The multi-talented Greek Italian actress is also an accomplished producer and director. Her feature films Honey and Euphoria both premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival in the ‘Un Certain Regard section’, in 2013 and 2018 respectively.

5 IS THE PERFECT NUMBER (5 è il numero perfetto)

Director: Igor Tuveri aka Igort

Cast: Toni Servillo, Valeria Golino, Carlo Buccirosso, Iaia Forte, Giovanni Ludeno, Lorenzo Lancellotti, Vincenzo Nemolato, Manuela Lamanna, Angelo Curti, Emanuele Nocerino, Mimmo Borrelli, Nello Mascia, Emanuele Valenti, Gigio Morra, Marcello Romolo, Igor Tuveri aka Igort, Rocco Giordano, Edoardo Sorgente, Anna Tuveri

Running time: 100 mins

“Visually arresting and highly entertaining noir gangster thriller, whose style is influenced by the graphic novels and illustrations that the filmmaker Igort originally became famous for” – Adrian Wootton (Programmer – Cinema Made in Italy)

Peppino Lo Cicero (Toni Servillo) is a retired hitman, living in a bleak part of Naples in the early 1970s. He has passed his trade on to his only son, Nino (Lorenzo Lancellotti), and buys him a Colt Cobra .38 Special as a birthday present. When Nino is ambushed and shot dead whilst on an assignment, revenge is the only thing Peppino has on his mind. He enlists his old friend Totò the Butcher (Carlo Buccirosso) and an enigmatic beauty from the past, Rita (Valeria Golino), to help him track down his son’s murderer. Soon Peppino is back in business, setting in motion a violent and elaborate revenge plot, and doing whatever it takes to get even. Based on Igort’s most famous graphic novel with the same name, which won the Book of the Year Award at the 2003 Frankfurt Bookfair, this thrillingly stylish comic-book noir had its world premiere at the 2019 Venice International Film Festival.

Igor Tuveri aka Igort has had a remarkable career as a Igort croppedcartoonist, writer, illustrator, artist and musician. In the 1980s he became known internationally and his cartoons appeared in numerous magazines, including Metal Hurlant, L’Echo des Savanes, Vanity, and The Face. He has lived in Ukraine, Russia, Siberia and Japan, and has collaborated on a book with Ryuichi Sakamoto. He currently lives between Paris and Sardinia


Director: Carlo Sironi

Cast: Sandra Drzymalska, Claudio Segaluscio, Bruno Buzzi, Barbara Ronchi, Marco Felli, Orietta Notari, Vitaliano Trevisan

Running time: 102 mins

“Wonderful directorial debut from Carlo Sironi with his understated, authentic and emotionally involving story of two young people brought together in exceptional circumstances” – Adrian Wootton (Programmer – Cinema Made in Italy)

Ermanno and Lena are two strangers, who must pretend to be a couple in order to mislead Italian authorities. Lena is pregnant and she has come to Italy from Poland to sell her baby to Ermanno’s uncle, Fabio. As Ermanno assumes the role of the father, an unexpected bond grows between him, Lena, and the baby. What if they were actually the perfect family? SOLE is an emotional and untraditional love story which questions Italian surrogacy law. Following its world premiere in Venice last year, where it won the Lanterna Magica Award, Carlo Sironi’s impressive first feature also screened in Toronto. Veteran maestro Paolo Taviani has selected this talented director to participate in an on-stage discussion at the forthcoming Berlin International Film Festival, as part of the new special programme On Transmission.

Carlo Sironi was born in Rome and began his career by working Carlo Sironi croppedon film sets as an assistant director. His first short, Sofia, competed at the 28th Turin Film Festival as well as international festivals around the world. He has directed music videos, documentaries, and TV programs. In 2013 he participated in the 11th edition of the Berlinale Talent Campus. Veteran maestro Paolo Taviani has selected this talented director to participate in an on-stage discussion at the forthcoming Berlin International Film Festival, as part of the new special programme On Transmission.


Director: Chiara Malta

Cast: Jasmine Trinca, Elina Löwensohn, Francesco Acquaroli, Anna Malvica, Mirella Mazzeranghi, Betti Pedrazzi, Paolo Graziosi, Thomas Bradley, Michael Rodgers, Cosmina Olariu, Ozana Oancea, Roberta Zanardo, Gea Dell’Orto, Elisa Liberatori

Running time: 85 mins

“Clever, funny movie within a movie as a documentary filmmaker superfan works on a film with her temperamental childhood idol” – Adrian Wootton (Programmer – Cinema Made in Italy)

Since childhood, the Italian film director Federica (Jasmine Trinca) has been passionate about cinema. One film in particular has always played an important role: Hal Hartley’s Simple Men, starring the Romanian actress Elina Löwensohn. A chance encounter with her icon offers Federica the opportunity to make a film about her life. However, the real Elina Löwensohn is very different to the one in Federica’s imagination, and soon the true characters of both the actor and the director start to be revealed. SIMPLE WOMEN is Chiara Malta’s debut feature-length fiction film and had its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, where it opened the Discovery section.

Paris-based director Chiara Malta has written and directed numerous Chiara Malta croppedshort films in which she mixes various forms of narration, including documentary and animation. Her feature-length documentary Armando and Politics opened the 2008 Turin Film Festival. SIMPLE WOMEN is her debut feature-length fiction film and had its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, where it opened the Discovery section.


Director: Phaim Bhuiyan

Cast: Phaim Bhuiyan, Carlotta Antonelli, Sahila Mohiuddin, Nasima Akhter, Rishad Noorani, Fabian Durrani, Sanija Shoshi Haque, Raja Sethi, Simone Liberati, Pietro Sermonti, Davide Ornaro, Alessia Giuliani, Milena Mancini

Running time: 84 mins

“Original, amusing coming-of-age comedy about the creative trials and romantic tribulations of a young Bangladeshi Muslim man in a suburb of Rome” – Adrian Wootton (Programmer – Cinema Made in Italy)

Phaim (Phaim Bhuiyan) is a 22-year-old Italian-born boy of Bangladeshi heritage who lives in the multicultural district of Torpignattara in Rome. When he falls madly in love with the liberated Asia, he goes into a wild panic. According to his traditional parents, he must marry a Bengali woman, and in their eyes, sex before marriage is a sin. Soon, Phaim finds himself torn between his family’s culture and that of the country he was born into. Phaim Bhuiyan based Bangla on his own life, and plays the lead in this honest, deadpan comedy about integration and identity. The film premiered at the prestigious Rotterdam International Film Festival last year and has since screened at a multitude of festivals worldwide.

Phaim BhuiyanPhaim Bhuiyan was born in Rome in 1995 to Bangladeshi parents, and grew up in the multicultural district of Torpignattara in Rome. After graduating in Video Design he did a report for RAI’s Nessuno escluso. Bangla is his first feature film, and won the 2019 Nastro d’Argento Award for Best Comedy. Last November he was a special guest on Rosario Fiorello’s popular live music and comedy show Viva RaiPlay.

THE NIGHT PORTER (Il portiere di notte)

Director: Liliana Cavani

Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Charlotte Rampling, Philippe Leroy

Running time: 118 mins

Set in Vienna in 1957, a secret organisation of Nazis meets periodically and ‘eliminates’ dangerous witnesses to their cruel actions during WW II. Max (Dirk Bogarde), a former SS officer, is a night porter in an elegant hotel. When Lucia (Charlotte Rampling) enters the lobby with her husband, she recognises the man who was both her torturer and protector when she was a concentration camp inmate. They eventually find a way to be alone together and replay their concentration camp scenes, not only revisiting their sadomasochistic relationship but also exploring a reversal of roles. Operatic and bold, Liliana Cavani’s 1974 provocative psychological thriller deftly examines the lasting social and psychological effects of the Nazi regime.

Liliana Cavani was born in Carpi in 1933. After graduating in literature and philology at Bologna University she studied documentary filmmaking at Rome’s renowned ‘Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia’. She is a director and screenwriter who belongs to a generation of Italian filmmakers from Emilia-Romagna who came into prominence in the 1970s, and included Bernardo Bertolucci, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Marco Bellocchio. In 1965 her documentary Philippe Pétain: Processo a Vichy won the Golden Lion for Best TV Documentary Film at the Venice International Film Festival. In addition to feature films and documentaries, she has also directed operas.




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Wednesday 4th March

8.30 pm IF ONLY (Magari)

Intro and Q&A with Ginevra Elkann (director) and Riccardo Scamarcio (actor)

Thursday 5th March

6.30 pm DAFNE

Intro and Q&A with Federico Bondi (director)

8.50 pm STOLEN DAYS (Il ladro di giorni),

Intro and Q&A with Guido Lombardi (director) and Riccardo Scamarcio (actor)

Friday 6th March

6.30 pm FLESH OUT (Il corpo della sposa)

Intro and Q&A with Michela Occhipinti

8.50 pm VOLARE (Tutto il mio folle amore)

Intro and Q&A with Gabriele Salvatores and Valeria Golino (actress)

Saturday 7th March

6.30 pm 5 IS THE PERFECT NUMBER (5 è il numero perfetto)

Intro and Q&A with Igor Tuveri aka Igort (director) and Valeria Golino (actress)

8.50 pm SOLE

Intro and Q&A with Carlo Sironi (director)

Sunday 8th March

2.00 pm THE NIGHT PORTER (Il portiere di notte)

(Sunday Classic title; repeat screening at 6 pm on Tuesday 10th March)

Monday 9th March


Intro and Q&A with Chiara Malta (director)

8.50 pm BANGLA

Intro and Q&A with Phaim Bhuiyan

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