Italian cinematography relates to history and society in so many ways that it has become part of the country’s modern cultural heritage. Cinema has helped shape the country’s modern image abroad in a very rich and diverse way.
The blossoming of Italian cinema after World War II captivated audiences worldwide. Dissolving the boundaries between documentary and fiction, films created by Rossellini, De Sica, Germi and De Santis aimed to present the essential humanity of the Italian people.
Following Neorealism, the likes of Visconti, Fellini, Antonioni, Bertolucci and many others developed a new language through which artistic awareness could speak to an increasingly affluent and existentially distressed modern audience.
A selection of new films will be presented, while contemporary Italian filmmakers will come to Serbia to help us better understand the magic of making movies with the Italian touch
Socio-political themes were the focus of the films of Rosi, Petri and Pontecorvo, while popular comedy and genre films flourished in many directions. Artists like Tornatore, Salvatores and Moretti came later to bring stories to the screen that questioned the consensual way of narrating emotions and defining identities.
Nowadays it is Sorrentino, Garrone, Guadagnino and Virzi who are leading the recent wave of Italian cinema towards new shores.
This is the huge and fascinating heritage that will be promoted in Serbia through May 2019’s Italian Film Festival, organised in cooperation with the Yugoslav Film Archives Cinematheque. A selection of new films will be presented, while contemporary Italian filmmakers will come to Serbia to help us better understand the magic of making movies with the Italian touch.