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Verso Sud 20 - Italian Film Festival

Verso Sud 20 - Italian Film Festival

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Saturday, November 29th, to Wednesday, November 10th]. December

In its 20th anniversary edition, the Festival Verso Sud (29 November to 10 December) will once again bring current Italian films to Frankfurt. The catalogue is also available online at

This year's tribute is dedicated to the Oscar winner Giuseppe Tornatore, who will attend the opening of the festival on Saturday, 29. November, his cinematic declaration of love to the cinema, NUOVO CINEMA PARADISO (IT/FR 1988), in person at the cinema of the German Film Museum. On Sunday, 30 November, director Edoardo Winspeare will be a guest with his film IN GRAZIA DI DIO (A New Life, IT 2014), set in Puglia and shot mainly with amateur actors. Ottavia Nicolini, the Frankfurt based daughter of architect Renato Nicolini, will be present at the presentation of SACRO GRA (Italy 2013, R: Gianfranco Rosi). Her father was significantly involved in the preparatory work for SACRO GRA, which is documented in this evening's supporting film, TANTI FUTURI POSSIBILE (IT 2012. R: Gianfranco Rosi).

Saturstag, 29. November, 16h; Saturday, 6 December, 20h


Italy 2013. R: Giuseppe Tornatore. D: Geoffrey Rush, Sylvia Hoeks, Jim Sturgess, Donald Sutherland. 124 min. DCP. OmU

The eccentric art expert Virgil Oldman is invited by the mysterious Claire to her villa to appreciate her collection of precious works of art. She suffers from a mysterious illness and speaks to him only through a hole in the wall of a room. After a short time Virgil, who has never had a relationship with a woman before, is seized by an insatiable passion for Claire that never lets him go.

Saturstag, 29. November, 19h

Opening Verso Sud 20

Giuseppe Tornatore guest at the cinema of the German Film Museum


Italy/France 1988. R: Giuseppe Tornatore.

D: Philippe Noiret, Jacques Perrin, Salvatore Cascio. 123 min. Blu-ray. OmU

The news of the death of an old friend triggers a flood of magical memories of a famous director's childhood and youth in post-war Sicily. As a young boy, he developed his passion for the film through his friendship with Alfredo, the old projectionist of the village cinema that gave it its title, and this passion left its mark on him throughout his life.

Giuseppe Tornatores's nostalgic and semi-autobiographical declaration of love to cinema was awarded the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1990 and numerous other prizes.

Fiction: LA FLAMME. France 2000. R: Ron Dyens. 2 min. DCP. o. D.


Sunday, November 30th, 11:30am

BAARÌA Baarìa - An Italian Family History

Italy 2009 R: Giuseppe Tornatore. D: Francesco Scianna, Margareth Madè, Angela Molina. 150 min. Blu-ray. OmU

With BAARÌA Giuseppe Tornatore set a cinematic monument to his Sicilian homeland. BAARÌA tells of the social and political upheavals in a small Sicilian village in breathtaking landscape shots, with an outstanding cast of actors and accompanied by the music of film composer legend Ennio Morricone.

Sunday, 30 November, 17h; Monday, 1 December, 20:30h


Italy 2013. R: Valeria Golino.

D: Jasmine Trinca, Carlo Cecchi, Libero De Rienzo. 96 min. DCP. OmU

Irene flies to Mexico month after month - not because of another man, as her lover suspects, but to procure the sleeping pill Lampudal: Irene works under the alias "Miele" as a dying helper. She is convinced of her mission to free terminally ill people from their suffering, but reaches her limits when the

70-year-old engineer Carlo Grimaldi, who is actually very healthy, confronts her with his wish to die. MIELE, the directorial debut of actress Valeria Golino, ran at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated in seven categories for the Italian Film Prize "David di Donatello".

Sunday, 30. November, 19h (Edoardo Winspeare and Celeste Casciaro guest)

strong>Tuesday, December 2, 18h

IN GRAZIA DIO A new life

Italy 2014. R: Edoardo Winspeare. D: Celeste Casciaro, Laura Lichetta, Gustavo Caputo, Anna Boccadamo. 127 min. DCP. OmU

Salento, southern Italy: When their small textile factory has to close and their house is sold, a family begins to fight for their existence. Left in the lurch by her siblings and daughter, the energetic Adele finds support only from her grandmother. It is only gradually that women discover a new way of ensuring daily survival for themselves and their families: the return to field work and simple

exchanges. Edoardo Winspeare tells very authentically about the effects of the economic crisis on the life of a family and at the same time paints a loving portrait of a region.

Montag, 1. December, 18 h; Wednesday, 3 December, 20:30 h


Italy 2013 R: Ciro de Caro

D: Valerio Di Benedetto, Cristian Di Sante, Sara Tosti. 82 min. DCP. OmU

The four friends Valerio, Scheggia, Serena and Giovanna have great plans. Whether artistic, professional or family, they all strive for success and hope for the big breakthrough. But he'll be a long time coming. Then Mei Mei enters her life, a young Chinese prostitute in trouble, and suddenly everything changes. In his debut film, shot with a minibudget and in only 11 days, Ciro de Caro paints a portrait of the generation of today's 30 year olds in times of uncertainty and crisis.

Wednesday, 3rd November, 2010. December, 18 h; Thursday, December 4, 20:30 h

L'INTREPIDO The Fearless

Italy 2013 R: Gianni Amelio

D: Antonio Albanese, Livia Rossi, Gabriele Rendina. 104 minutes of DCP. OmU

Antonio Pane lives in Milan and is actually unemployed. In order not to have to get up aimlessly and aimlessly in the morning, he has come up with something: He is a substitute. Every day, he replaces workers of all professions: he walls, steers the tram, drives out pizza or irons-allowing others to take time out. Antonio takes on any job and masters any challenge with a smile on his face. In L'INTREPIDO Amelio tells

Gianni Amelio multifaceted, realistic but also humorous stories of crisis and unemployment in Milan.

Friday, 5 December, 18 o'clock; Saturday, 6 December; Saturday, 6 December. December, 22:30 pm

TUTTI CONTRO TUTTI Everyone versus everyone

Italy 2013 R: Paolo Virzì

D: Rolando Ravello, Kasia Smutniak, Marco Giallini. 90 min. DCP. OmU

Agostino lives with his wife Anna, his children Erica and Lorenzo, his brother-in-law Sergio, his wife Romana, their children and their grouchy grandfather Rocco in a small house on the outskirts of Rome. One day, when the whole family returns home from Lorenzo's First Communion, they find that their house is occupied. The family spontaneously moves to the landing in front of the apartment - a fierce struggle for the right to a roof over their heads begins.

Friday, 5th day. December, 20:30 pm < x > N < / x > LA MAFIA UCCIDE SOLO D'ESTATE The Mafia kills only in summer < x > N < / x > Italy 2013 R: Pierfrancesco Diliberto < x > N < / x > D: Cristiana Capotondi, Pierfrancesco Diliberto 90 min Blu-ray. OmU

Palermo 1970: On the day when the well-known Mafioso Vito Ciancimino is elected mayor, Arturo is born - an unexpectedly momentous encounter. Two obsessions determine Arturo's adolescence: his unhappy love for his bank neighbor Flora, whom he has worshipped since primary school, and his fixed idea of the frightening relationship between his hometown and the Mafia. Against the

background of the tragic mafia-related events that took place in Sicily between the 1970s and 1990s, Diliberto tells the story of the adolescence of a young boy in a tender and entertaining way.

Friday, December 5, 22:30


Italy 2006. R: Giuseppe Tornatore

D: Xenija Rappoport, Michele Placido, Claudia Gerini. 118 Min. 35mm

Original with engl./frz. UT

A few years ago Irena, who comes from the Ukraine, arrived in a northern Italian city with a suitcase full of money, rented an apartment that was actually much too expensive and tried to work as a housekeeper in the opposite house - with success. Soon Irena made herself indispensable in the Adacher family, but then it became clear that something was wrong with Irena.

Giuseppe Tornatores Thriller won numerous prizes at international festivals and was awarded the European Film Prize for "Best Film" in 2007.

Saturday, December 6, 4 pm; Wednesday, December 10, 6 pm

IO STO CON LA SPOSA On the bride's side

Italy 2014 R: Antonio Augugliaro, Gabriele Del Grande, Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry. Documentary. 98 min. DCP. OmeU

A Palestinian poet and an Italian journalist meet five Palestinians and Syrians fleeing the war in Syria in Milan. The two want to support the refugees on their illegal journey to Sweden and decide to stage a wedding. With a Palestinian friend dressed up as a bride and ten Italian and Syrian friends, disguised as a wedding party, they cross half of Europe in four days and cover a distance of 3,000 kilometres - a journey full of emotions and hopes that began on the 18th of October. The meeting ended on 6 November 2013 in Stockholm.

Saturday, 6 December, 6 p.m.; Monday, 8 March 2013 in Stockholm. December, 18h>x>N</x>PICCOLO PATRIA Little Fatherland

Italy 2014 R: Alessandro Rossetto

D: Maria Roveran, Roberta Da Soller, Vladimir Doda. 111 min. DCP. OmeU

Luisa and Renata live in a small village in the northeast of Italy. They dream of breaking out of the small community where they grew up. They want to leave their previous lives, determined by frustrated families and a new generation of migrants, for China. Through blackmail they try to get the necessary starting capital for their new life. This decision triggers a tragedy that threatens to ruin everyone's life.

Sunday, 7. December, 11:30am


The Legend of the Ocean Pianist

Italy 1998. R: Giuseppe Tornatore

D: Tim Roth, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Bill Nunn. 165 min. 35mm. Omeng/frz.UT

In 1900 a newborn is abandoned aboard an ocean liner. The heater of the ship that finds the infant gives it the name Novecento, in honor of the new century that has just begun. Novecento stays on board and after the death of his adoptive father he is raised by the entire crew together. As he grows, he discovers his love for music: he becomes the gifted and celebrated pianist of the on-board band and befriends the trumpeter Max. He never leaves the ship that has become his home.

Sunday, 7. December, 17h


Germany 2014 R: Alessandsro Cassigoli, Tania Masi

Documentary. 61 minutes. DCP. OmU

Berlin is a magnet for people who want to achieve something with little money. This is how many Italians, disappointed and disillusioned by the politics of their own country, seek their fortune in the German capital. But the latter only meets their expectations to a limited extent: winter is too cold, bureaucracy too relentless. The two directors Alessandro Cassigoli and Tania Masi are also homesick. In order to combat their emerging melancholy, they accompany compatriots and women in their familiar and at times strange everyday life with the camera.

Sunday, 7th Sunday of the month. December, 19h

Guest: Ottavia Nicolini

SACRO GRA The other Rome

Italy 2013 R: Gianfranco Rosi. Documentary. 93 min. DCP. OmU

Apart from the Rome of palaces and gardens, there is a completely different Rome apart from all tourist attractions: the Rome of the suburbs along the huge motorway ring "Grande Raccordo Anulare" (GRA), which surrounds the Italian capital on 70 kilometres of length. Along this tangent, Gianfranco Rosi sets out in search of the people and tells their stories. At the 2013 Venice Film Festival, SACRO GRA was the first documentary ever to be awarded the Golden Lion for Best Film. TANTI FUTURI POSSIBILE shows the preparations and background of SACRO GRA.

Film: TANTI FUTURI POSSIBILE Italy 2012 R: Gianfranco Rosi. 33 min. DVD. OmeU

Montag, December 8, 20:30

L'UOMO DELLE STELLE The man who makes the stars

Italy 1998. R: Giuseppe Tornatore

D: Sergio Castellitto, Tiziana Lodato, Leopoldo Trieste. 110 min. 35mm. OmU

With a rickety van and a film camera, Joe Morelli travels through Sicilian villages in the early 1950s and poses as a talent scout for Universal Film Studios in Rome. 1,500 lire are invested by trustworthy farmers, children, housewives, policemen and vendors in the hope of being discovered. But Morelli is a cheater who lures the

good-faith villagers in front of an empty camera. Only through his encounter with the beautiful Beata does he begin to reconsider his unscrupulous actions, but the police have already come to his senses.

Wednesday, 10. December, 20:30

IL CAPITALE UMANO Human Capital - The sweet greed

Italy 2013 R: Paolo Virzì

D: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Fabrizio Bentivoglio. 110 min. DCP. OmU.

A mysterious car accident on Christmas Eve brings two different families together in a provincial town in northern Italy: While the Bernaschis lead a luxurious life thanks to clever financial speculation, Dino Ossola and his wife Roberta - pregnant with twins - are on the verge of bankruptcy. Buying into the Bernaschis' hedge funds could be their salvation, but it turns out differently than hoped. HUMAN CAPITAL

has been awarded the Italian film prize "David di Donatello" for best film as well as six other prizes and is currently Italy's candidate for the Oscar nominations.


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Source: Deutsches Filminstitut

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