The Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Pretoria is proud to contribute again this year to the realization of the ITALIAN FILM FOCUS (IFF), the prestigious festival of Italian movies held in Cape Town and that, on his 17th edition, proves to be a distinct feature in the South African movie landscape.

With a cultural theme for the year 2017 such as CINEMA SPEAKS ITALIAN, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Pretoria couldn’t but take part to the realization of the 17th edition of ITALIAN FILM FOCUS (IFF), the traditional Italian cinema event taking place in Cape Town and which, once again, proves itself to be an essential platform for the presentation of the most recent Italian production in South Africa.

The 2017 edition is the result of a collaboration between the Istituto, the Italian Consulate, the Controluce Association and the Labia Theater in Cape Town. It is as vast and as well-structured as the previous edition, but with a few new additions: there will in fact be two animation films, that may attract a younger audience, and a musical, for the many lovers of the genre. The rest, however, remains unchanged, offering the moviegoers, professionals, experts and students of the seventh art an overview of the best Italian creativity in the industry.

Eight films of recent production will be screened. Two animation films: Cinderella the Cat by Alessandro Rak, Ivan Cappiello, Marino Guarnieri and Dario Sansone, the Italian film to be nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Foreign Language Film" and The art of Happiness by Alessandro Rak, winner of Best European Film Animation 2014. The Neapolitan musical Love and Bullets of the Manetti brothers, which was very successful this year in Venice, in the competition section. The dramatic film Equilibrium by Vincenzo Marra, revives interest in the suburbia around the world. Two films presented in the Orizzonti section of the Venice Film Festival 2017: Ugly Nasty People a dark comedy by Cosimo Gomez at his debut behind the camera and The Ark of Disperata , a poetic fairy tale by director Edoardo Winspeare. The Order of Things by Andrea Segre, is a dramatic film of social commitment on the topic of migrants’ flows, treated with great sensibility. Lastly, a deep reflection on the theme of old age in Friends by Chance, a comedy by Francesco Bruni who won the Nastro d'argento 2017 for best screenplay.

In the program there is a wide variety of genres and themes that can satisfy all tastes and ages of an audience that will be able to interact with directors, actors, producers and screenwriters who will come to accompany their films from Italy. The presence of these guests at the inaugurations, screenings, debates and workshops will ensure a beneficial exchange of ideas and knowledge between Italy and South Africa.

This is how the Istituto Italiano di Cultura continues its never-ending efforts to promote Italian cinema, one of the most important sectors of the creative industries in the Country, in order to offer to the South African audience not only a selection of the best movies presented at the most important European festivals, but above all an overview of the contemporary social, economic, and anthropological reality of Italy. It is also important to point out that, at the same time, films are also an extremely valuable tool for spreading the Italian language around the world.