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“Fare Cinema”: record-breaking films arrive in Kosovo (18-20 June)

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“Fare Cinema”, an initiative of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation promoting Italian cinema and film industry in the world, returns to Kosovo. It will be held from 18 to 20 June at Kino Armata in Pristina and on 19 June at the Nena Kabrini School in Prizren. The start will be given by the double screening (18th in Pristina as a national preview and 19th  in Prizren) of the record-breaking film “C’è ancora domani – There’s Still Tomorrow” (2023) by Paola Cortellesi, followed by “La chimera” by Alice Rohrwacher (19th June) and “Rapito – Kidnapped” by Marco Bellocchio (20th  June). The films will be shown in Italian with English subtitles; for “C’è ancora domain” the subtitles will be in Albanian and in English.

“We are extremely pleased to bring the ‘Fare cinema’ initiative back to Kosovo, screening the most acclaimed and award-winning Italian films from last year. This event gives the opportunity to immerse oneself in the stories, characters and artistic vision of some of Italy’s most internationally acclaimed directors and actors. With this event, we also wish to strengthen the cultural ties between Italy and Kosovo, fostering an exchange of ideas and perspectives that will enrich both communities”, Italian Ambassador in Pristina Antonello De Riu and Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Tirana (also responsible for Kosovo) Alessandro Ruggera said.

“With ‘C’è ancora domani’ we conclude the celebrations of the Italian Republic Day. The film is set in 1946, the year in which Italy held free elections after war and twenty years of Fascism; it was also the first time that Italian women were able to vote and to be elected. Women’s rights and resistance will be the subject of a debate at the end of the screening. The second movie, ‘La chimera’, is both dreamlike and spiritual, historical and documentary, with a rare glimpse of how the testimonies of the past and art in general influence our present. Finally, ‘Rapito’ is based on a true and little-known story that took place at the dawn of the proclamation of the Italian State in 1861; it invites us to reflect on respect for individual autonomy and the consequences of forced indoctrination and denial of identity”, De Riu and Ruggera added.

Fare Cinema” is the thematic initiative dedicated to the promotion of cinema and the Italian film industry, organized in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Culture, ANICA – the National Association of Audiovisual and Digital Film Industries, the Italian Trade Agency ICE, the Istituto Luce – Cinecittà, the Italian Film Commissions and the Accademia del Cinema Italiano – Premi David di Donatello. Launched in 2018, it includes the organization of events by the Italian diplomatic-consular network and the Italian Cultural Institutes abroad, with the dual aim of promoting Italian cinema and related professions.

 

The plots

– In black and white, “C’è ancora domani” (2023) depicts the vicissitudes of a family in Rome in 1946, when World War II had just ended and the city was still occupied by American soldiers. The protagonist, Delia, wife and mother, sacrifices herself every day anew to make everyone happy, even though no one seems to see or appreciate her efforts. She is forced to lead several lives at once: looking after the house and children, doing a hundred odd jobs to supplement the family income, taking care of her invalid and tyrannical father-in-law; she is also the victim of regular beatings at the hands of her husband Ivano. Her daughter’s impending marriage changes her view on the supposed inevitability of women’s predetermined lives: Delia cannot accept this fate for her daughter, perhaps not even for herself.

– “La Chimera” (2023), i.e. a hope that is unlikely to ever come true, is set in the 1980s in Tuscia, the area corresponding to the ancient Etruscan territories. A group of tomb robbers make their living by stealing Etruscan artefacts. Among them is Arthur, a young English archaeologist who has a gift for locating ancient tombs; he befriends Italia, a young Brazilian single mother who follows her inner voice and rebels against the systematic desecration of holy sites. Each character pursues their own chimera. The movie unravels among almost documentary scenes of village life, the historical reality of the illegal trade in archaeological finds, the everyday life of a decadent upper-class family, echoes of the afterlife and the attempt to create a different life in a commune of women and children, almost re-proposing the values of the ancient and mysterious Etruscan society, whose artefacts bring back the luminous smile of refined and autonomous women.

– “Rapito”, kidnapped (2023), is inspired by a true story. It is 1858 in Bologna, the Pope’s soldiers break into the home of the Jewish Mortara family to take their seven-year-old child, Edgardo, by force. Only a few months old, he is secretly baptized by the maid, and canon law is irrevocable: he must live in Rome so to receive a Catholic education. His family will do anything to get their son back, even to the point of stirring up international politics, but the Pope will not agree to the child’s return. In the background, the historical events of the time are unfolding: the temporal power of the Catholic Church is coming to an end and the Savoy troops will conquer Rome, soon becoming the Capital of Italy.

 

Screenings schedule

  • Tuesday 18 June, 18.00 h, Kino Armata, Pristina

“C’è ancora domani” by Paola Cortellesi (2023), Italian with English and Albanian subtitles (the latter kindly realized by “Centro Dante” in Pristina). Followed by a debate moderated by Fjolla Muçaj (Center for Social Information and Improvement) with Bjeshkë Guri (Youth Initiative for Human Rights – Kosovo) and Adelina Berisha (Kosovo Women’s Network) and a light cocktail.

  • Wednesday 19 June, 19.00 h, Kino Armata, Pristina

“La chimera” by Alice Rohrwacher (2023), Italian with English subtitles

  • Wednesday 19 June, 20.00 h, Nena Kabrini School, Prizren

“C’è ancora domani” by Paola Cortellesi (2023), Italian with Albanian and English subtitles

  • Thursday 20 June, 19.00 h, Kino Armata, Pristina

“Rapito” by Marco Bellocchio (2023), Italian with English subtitles.