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ITALIAN FILMS AT TIFF 2013
ITALIAN FILMS AT TIFF 2013
August 21, 2013
ITALIAN FILMS AT 2013 TIFF SHOWCASE A WEALTH OF NEW AND ESTABLISHED TALENT

Toronto, ON, August 21, 2013 - The Italian Trade Commission and Istituto Luce Cinecittà are proud to announce an exceptional line-up of seven Italian films at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. In the long and rich cinematic tradition of Italy, the showcase of vibrant new works by both the masters and emerging filmmakers tackle themes that range from love, war and identity, to the underworld of crime.

BORDER - [Discovery]
World Premiere

Director: Alessio Cremonini
Starring: Dana Keilani, Sara El debuch, Wasim Abo azan, Sami Haddad

Two sisters, Aya and Fatima, live in Syria, at the epicenter of the fighting between police and Shabiha. Shady, Fatima's husband, deserted the family and joined the rebels of the Syrian Free Army. The only chance the sisters have to survive is to cross the Turkish border.

THE GREAT BEAUTY (La Grande Bellezza)
[Special Presentation]
North American premiere

Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Starring: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli
Canadian Distributor: Mongrel Media

Provocative Italian auteur Paolo Sorrentino reunites with his Il Divo star Toni Servillo for this portrait of a world-weary journalist searching for his long-lost idealism while drifting through the dolce vita of Rome's high spots and fleshpots.

L'INTREPIDO - [Special Presentation]
International Premiere

Director: Gianni Amelio
Starring: Antonio Albanese, Livia Rossi, Gabriele Rendina
Running Time: 104 min.

Gianni Amelio (Lamerica) directs this affecting and light-hearted take on the country's current economic crisis, starring Antonio Albanese as a middle-aged, precariously employed jack-of-all-trades in Milan, who doggedly tries to get by in an unfeeling city while trying to retain his dignity and his passions.

SOUTH IS NOTHING (Il Sud è Niente) [Discovery]
World Premiere

Director: Fabio Mollo
Starring: Valentina Lodovini, Vinicio Marchioni, Miriam Karlkvist
Running Time: 90 min

Grazia lives in a small town on the Strait of Messina (Southern Italy) with her father, Cristiano, who sells dried fish. She was 12 when her older brother Pietro emigrated to Germany and never came back. One day, Cristiano says that Pietro is dead and he never wants to talk about it again.

STOP THE POUNDING HEART [CWC]
North American Premiere

Director: Roberto Minervini
Starring: Colby Trichell, Sara Carlson

The teenage daughter of Christian goat farmers in rural Texas rebels against her arranged marriage in this half-fiction, half-documentary hybrid from Italian director Roberto Minervini, shot with non-professional actors performing in their real homes.

THOSE HAPPY YEARS (Anni Felici) [Special Presentation]
World Premiere

Director: Daniele Luchetti
Starring: Micaela Ramazzotti, Kim Rossi Stuart, Martina Gedeck
Running Time: 100 min.

A narcissistic artist finds his self-satisfied world turned upside down in the wake of a disastrous exhibition and his previously devoted wife’s extra-marital inclinations, in the touching and insightful new comedy-drama from Italian writer-director Daniele Luchetti

HOW STRANGE TO BE NAMED FEDERICO: SCOLA NARRATES FELLINI (Che strano chiamarsi Federico: Scola racconta Fellini)
International Premiere

Director: Ettore Scola

On the 20th anniversary of Federico Fellinii's death, Ettore Scola, a devoted admirer of the incomparable maestro, commemorates the lesser-known aspects of Fellini's personality, employing interviews, photographs, behind-the-scenes footage as well as Fellini's drawings and film clips.