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Italy Comes Alive At Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau Theatres From 10 To 12 November 2017

Italy comes alive at Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau Theatres

The third annual Johannesburg Italian Film Festival (JIFF) takes place at Cinema Nouveau Rosebank – FREE ENTRY

JIFF will run from 10 – 12 November 2017

Ster-Kinekor Nouveau enthusiasts will get a taste of Italy at the Johannesburg Italian Film Festival (JIFF), which will run from 10 – 12 November 2017. Acclaimed Italian actor, Raoul Bova, will visit South Africa for this much-anticipated festival.

The third annual Johannesburg Italian Film Festival (JIFF), which is held under the auspices of the Consulate General of Italy in Johannesburg, returns to Rosebank Cinema Nouveau from 10-12 November. “The main purpose of the annual JIFF, is to create a platform through which to celebrate the joy and magic of Italy’s big screen,” says Claudio Coci, President of the CCIS and curator of the festival. “Italy has a very long, rich and influential cinematic history and JIFF, which is a free festival, aims to share this with an enthusiastic South African film-loving public,” he adds.

This year, the festival features the films of acclaimed actor Raoul Bova, who is known to a broader

audience thanks to mainstream Hollywood films such as Under the Tuscan Sun, All Roads Lead to

Rome and The Tourist. Bova will be travelling to Johannesburg to open the festival at an invitation only, gala evening on 9 November 2017.

JIFF takes place at Cinema Nouveau Rosebank and entry is free. The schedule includes the following Italian films, all of which feature Raoul Bova:

La finestra di fronte / Facing Windows: Friday, 10 Nov 2017 at 2:30 pm
A young married couple whose relationship is hitting the rocks take in an old man struggling to remember his past. As Giovanna and her husband continue to grow ever more estranged from each other, the old man’s moral dignity remains the one thing left that holds Giovanna back from embarking on an affair with her handsome neighbour (Raoul Bova).

Io l’Altro / Me the Other: Friday, 10 Nov 2017 at 5:30 pm
Giuseppe (Raoul Bova), a Sicilian fisherman, and Yousef (Giovanni Martorana), an exiled Tunisian, share a friendship, a fishing business and ‘Medea’ the vessel on which they ply their trade. While at sea Giuseppe hears a radio broadcast about a wanted terrorist with Yousef’s name and in a fit of paranoia locks his friend up in the ship’s cabin. A gripping and claustrophobic thriller set at sea that plays with the fears of the post-9/11 generation.

Sbirri / Cops: Saturday, 11 November 2017 at 2:30pm
A documentary drama based on a true story. After his son dies from an ecstasy overdose, a well-known TV journalist decides to follow the drug squad in their fight against drug trafficking in Milan. Filmed in a verite style the movie follows this grieving parent on a journey into the dangerous Italian underworld.

I Siciliani / The Sicilians: Saturday, 11 November 2017 at 5:30pm
A documentary film by Francesco Lama that looks at the complex identity of the people of Sicily. Seeking to move beyond the indifference to corruption, mafia and other problems that have marred the island, Lama’s film instead highlights the traditions, food and rich multi-cultural heritage that make Sicily one of the Mediterranean’s most compelling destinations.

Sei mai stata sulla luna / Have You Ever Been to the Moon: Sunday, 12 November 2017 at 2:30PM
Guia is 30 years old, she works in a prestigious international fashion magazine, she drives a convertible, she travels by private jet and lives between Milan and Paris. She has everything, or at least she thought she had it all, until she finds herself in a remote village in Apulia where she starts falling for Renzo, a handsome local farmer.

Scusate se esisto / Do you see me: Sunday, 12 November 2017  at 5:30PM
In this gender-bending comedy an accomplished and well-travelled architect returns home to Italy to find work, quickly discovering that her native country is not as open-minded about her abilities as a strong, professional female. Initially, she struggles to find a job she truly loves and is passionate about before realising that if she passes herself off as a man, she might have more success.

Bookings details

Tickets are available at the various cinema box offices one hour before each screening starts. Please arrive timeously to avoid disappointment.

For more information about Ster-Kinekor and Cinema Nouveau, please visit the website at www.sterkinekor.com or download the SK App. For news and updates, go to Facebook pages: Ster-Kinekor Theatres and follow Ster-Kinekor on Twitter: @sterkinekor. For all queries, call Ticketline on 0861 Movies (668 437).

For the full schedule visit joburgitalianfilmfestival.wordpress.com. JIFF has been running since 2015.

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry.

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