North-versus-south tradition conflict opens pageant

​​Opening night time attraction… comedy duo Pio and Amedeo in  “Belli Ciao”.

“IT’S not simple selecting a gap night time movie,” curator Elysia Zeccola says as she prepares for the 2022 Italian Movie Competition, opening in Canberra on September 14.

“It needs to be sourced from one of the best of the final yr’s movies and a few years there are movies which might be too heavy to run on opening.

“However our purpose for opening night time is only for individuals to be entertained – all of us want amusing after the final couple of years.”

Zeccola’s on to a positive factor this yr with the opening night time selection, “Belli Ciao”, starring the well-known Italian comedy duo Pio and Amedeo as former pals who reunite of their hometown in Puglia after years aside, leading to an entertaining north-versus-south tradition conflict. 

That north-south divide has, through the years, been a endless supply of opening-night films and that, she says, is as a result of it’s one thing individuals really feel strongly about.

Zeccola says: “It’s identical to Melbourne north of the river versus south of the river or Sydney versus Melbourne, or Australia versus NZ.” 

She has found that the queen metropolis of the south, Naples, is the supply of unimaginable movie expertise, to say nothing of its very good places, so she’s created a sub-theme known as “A highlight on Naples, the heartbeat of Italian cinema”.

“There’s a lot popping out of Naples,” she says, together with her very favorite selection, Mario Martone’s “Nostalgia”, direct from the Cannes Movie Competition and starring Pierfrancesco Favino. 

“Naples is sort of like a personality within the movie – it’s very atmospheric,” she says. 

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The southern metropolis can even be seen in “The Nice Silence”, “The Good Dinner” and the closing-night selection, Vittorio De Sica’s 1963 basic, “Yesterday, At the moment and Tomorrow”, starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni enjoying completely different {couples} in three tales – first in Naples, then in Rome and Milan. “What higher option to finish the pageant with Sophia and Marcello?” Zeccola asks.

One other focus on this yr’s pageant is a retrospective on the infamous director Pier Paolo Pasolini via screenings of his movies of tailored literary works: “The Canterbury Tales”, “Arabian Nights” and “The Decameron”.

She is happy with the documentary part of the pageant, singling out “Ennio: El Maestro”, the life story of movie composer Ennio Morricone. She was astonished to search out that when he was learning composition, his lecturers appeared down on him as movie scoring was thought of lowbrow, a lot in order that when engaged on the early “spaghetti westerns”, he used a pseudonym. 

Zeccola admits to having a number of private favourites with “The Code of Silence” excessive on her listing. It’s a couple of younger girl, performed by Lina Siciliano, who has grown up in a Mafia household.

She’s additionally secured two movies contemporary from the massive worldwide festivals. One in every of them, “Lord of the Ants,” a bio-pic about Italian poet Aldo Braibanti, jailed due to fascist-era homophobic legal guidelines.

The opposite, “The Hummingbird”, is predicated on the 2019 novel by Sandro Veronesi and has been honoured with a uncommon gala night time on the Toronto Movie Competition. 

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The Italian Movie Competition, September 14-October 12.


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Ian Meikle, editor