Today is the day! As always, the last week of November means Festival de Cine Italiano de Madrid, the most anticipated event with contemporary Italian cinema starting today, and this year we can admit to be thrilled.

The program is full of great short films, documentaries, movies, meetings with directors and actors, the best of the Italian movie scene of the last year, that lands in Madrid after been presented in international film festivals like Cannes, Toronto and Venezia.short-movie-august

Polpettas Mag has already devoured the program and selected what to see: Acqua e zucchero. Carlo Di Palma: i colori della vita, a documentary by Fariborz Kamkari, about life and work of an extraordinary Italian director of photography who spent his career along side such great directors as Mario Monicelli (La grande guerra, L’armata Brancaleone), Woody Allen (Manhattan murder mystery, Radio days, Hannah and her sisters, and much more), Pietro Germi (Divorce Italian Style), Michelangelo Antonioni (Blow Up, Deserto rosso), and much more.

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photograph by Brian Hamill

Among the movies, we won’t miss out In guerra per amore, directed and interpreted by Pierfrancesco Diliberto (aka Pif), Pazze di gioia, by Paolo Virzì, featuring Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, and Veloce come il vento, by Matteo Rovere, with Stefano Accorsi in the male leading role.

On Monday 28th takes place Artecinema, a special project focusing on contemporary art with L’immortale (Gino De Dominicis), a documentary by Giorgio Treves about the universe of the artist through the words of Achille Bonito Oliva, Maurizio Calvesi, Vittorio Sgarbi, and much more. Following the screening of some short movies by Pappi Corsicato on Ettore Spalletti, Luigi Ontani, Mimmo Paladino, Mario Merz and Richard Serra.

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And, tonight takes place the opening ceremony and the gala for the Career Achievement Award (Premio a Toda una Carrera) that goes to the Italian famous composer Nicola Piovani, who won an Oscar in 1998 for Best Original Score for La vita è bella by Roberto Benigni.

Can’t wait to start!

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