Presented by Lumiere Pavilion, Time-in-Portrait Entertainment & Hugoeast, 8 Italian films are currently showing as part of the “Italian Film Festival” in Guangzhou between 20 August and 11 September.

Italian film season has become a regular cuisine in China, it is evident that the cinephiles are getting used to special foreign film season and slowly, these activities will become solid evidence to demonstrate the market demand. China, in our view, will become the biggest market for non-Hollywood film consumption when it is further open.

For this particular programme, 8 films were selected, including one Ireland-UK-Italy co-production. Perhaps this could be a new future, films coproduced between the UK and Europe will enjoy more chances to be toured around China for the arthouse scene, in addition to studio owned British film brands such as Harry Potter which are aimed at the general audience.

Fellinopolis (2020)

Dir. Silvia Giulietti

Fellini behind the curtains, observing the great director through the eyes and the lenses of Ferruccio Castronuovo, Fellini’s trusted partner, who filmed him between the ’76 and ’86.

The Man with the Magic Box (2017)

Dir. Bodo Kos

Italy/Poland

A janitor in Warsaw stumbles upon a time-traveling device in his apartment and gets stuck in the past while the woman he’s been seeing looks for him.

Mare di grano (2018)

Dir. Fabrizio Guarducci

Three children, along with the inseparable duck Pina, embark on an adventurous journey through the beauties of Tuscany, living the folk tales of their childhood. A journey where a strong friendship will unite the children and help them grow with the help of Rimando, a wandering poet, who will help them reach the sea.

A Ciambra (2017)

Dir. Jonas Carpignano

Italy/USA/France/Germany

In A CIAMBRA, a small Romani community in Calabria, Pio Amato is desperate to grow up fast. At 14, he drinks, smokes and is one of the few to easily slide between the region’s factions – the local Italians, the African refugees and his fellow Romani. Pio follows his older brother Cosimo everywhere, learning the necessary skills for life on the streets of their hometown. When Cosimo disappears and things start to go wrong, Pio sets out to prove he’s ready to step into his big brother’s shoes but soon finds himself faced with an impossible decision that will show if he is truly ready to become a man.

Ammore e malavita (2017)

Dir. Antonio Manetti, Marco Manetti

In order to avoid the death of the husband (the criminal boss Don Vincenzo, “King of the Fish”), Donna Maria sends her henchmen to kill a lookalike (a shoe-seller) and then she sets up a fake funeral, while the husband is hiding in a secret place. But a nurse saw Don Vincenzo alive in the hospital while he was supposed to be dead, as the TV says. To hush the witness up, Don Vincenzo orders to his best trained bodyguards, Ciro and Rosario, to find the nurse and kill her. Ciro finds the nurse: surprisingly she is Fatima, the only girl he ever loved, which he had abandoned when he began his criminal career. To save her, Ciro hides Fatima by his uncle Mimmo, and starts a bloody fight with all his clan, including his best friend Rosario. — Giuseppe Pili on IMDB

La musica del silenzio (2017)

Dir. Michael Radford

Born with a serious eye condition that eventually leads to his blindness, Bocelli nevertheless rises above the challenges, driven by great ambitions towards his passion. The silent pursuit of his daily mission continues.

The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)

Dir. Ken Loach

Ireland/UK/Italy/Germany/
France/Spain/Switzerland

The Wind That Shakes the Barley is a 2006 war drama film directed by Ken Loach, set during the Irish War of Independence (1919–1921) and the Irish Civil War (1922–1923). Written by long-time Loach collaborator Paul Laverty, this drama tells the fictional story of two County Cork brothers, Damien O’Donovan (Cillian Murphy) and Teddy O’Donovan (Pádraic Delaney), who join the Irish Republican Army to fight for Irish independence from the United Kingdom.

Widely praised, the film won the Palme d’Or at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. Loach’s biggest box office success to date, the film did well around the world and set a record in Ireland as the highest-grossing Irish-made independent film, until surpassed by The Guard.

Le salaire de la peur (1953)

Dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot

France/Italy

The Wages of Fear is a 1953 French/Italian thriller film directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, starring Yves Montand, and based on the 1950 French novel Le Salaire de la peur (lit. “The Salary of Fear”) by Georges Arnaud. When an oil well owned by an American company catches fire, the company hires four European men, down on their luck, to drive two trucks over mountain dirt roads, loaded with nitroglycerine needed to extinguish the flames.

The film brought Clouzot international fame—winning both the Golden Bear and the Palme d’Or at the 1953 Berlin Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival, respectively—and enabled him to direct Les Diaboliques (1955). In France, it was the fourth highest-grossing film of the year with a total of nearly 7 million admissions.