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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Italian Selection of the Toronto International Film Festival

Three Italian films are in the lineup of the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, which will take place September 8 - 18.

"Semiliberi" by Matteo Gentiloni will be shown in the Short Cuts program. With a total running time of just 10 minutes, the story focuses on a loner named, Alessandra. Unable to relate to anyone, she discovers an ingenious plan designed by female cellmates to escape her loneliness.

"Water And Sugar: Carlo Di Palma, The Colours Of Life" by Fariborz Kamkari will be shown in TIFF Docs. The film provides a veritable journey into cinema seen through the eyes of legendary cinematographer Carlo Di Palma. Spanning several important periods of Italian cinema from Neorealism, to “commedia all’italiana”.. even to Woody Allen's "Manhattan", director Fariborz Kamkari showcases the masterpieces and techniques that greatly influenced generations of world cinema. Master filmmakers Ken Loach, Ettore Scola, Wim Wenders and Bernardo Bertolucci pay tribute to the great Italian cinematographer in this touching documentary that chronicles Di Palma’s extraordinary work
A new 4K restoration of Gillo Pontecorvo’s epic film, "The Battle of Algiers" will be shown in the Cinematheque section to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Legendary composer Ennio Morricone wrote the score, which sets the tone for the black-and-white cinematography and newsreel-effect footage.

Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, the new documentary "Fire at Sea" from Gianfranco Rosi is a startling document of the European migrant crisis seen through the eyes of 12-year-old Samuele, who lives on an island in the middle of the sea. He goes to school, loves shooting his slingshot and going hunting. He likes land games, even though everything around him speaks of the sea and the men, women and children who try to cross it to get to his island. But his is not an island like the others, its name is Lampedusa and it is the most symbolic border of Europe, crossed by thousands of migrants in the last 20 years in search of freedom.

"Indivisible" is the story of two teenage Siamese twins facing an emotional decision when a doctor claims that he can separate them, in this stylized, offbeat drama from Neapolitan director Edoardo de Angelis. Daisy and Viola are siamese twin sisters on the verge of turning 18 living in the suburbs of Naples. They are blessed with beautiful voices and thanks to their performances at weddings, communions and baptisms, they get the livelihood for the whole family. Kept isolated from the rest of the world by their own father who just exploits them in order to make money, their life turns upside-down when one of them falls in love for the first time.

Italian master Marco Bellocchio adapts the popular biographical novel by Massimo Gramellini, about a journalist who is haunted by the memory of the mother who died in his childhood. "Sweet Dreams" is the story of a secret hidden in an envelope for forty years; the story of a child, and then of an adult who learns to face the greatest pain, the loss of his mother, and the most insidious monster: the fear of living.

Directed by Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel, "Mister Universo" is the story of a superstitious lion tamer who loses his good-luck charm, and sets out on a magical odyssey across Italy to find "Mister Universo," the former circus strongman who gave it to him a long time ago.

Click here for more information about the Toronto International Film Festival and to purchase tickets or click on the provided links to the individual films.

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