The first edition of “ITALIAN SCREENS – New Italian Cinema Goes Abroad”, an initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Cinecittà under the Ministry of Culture’s General Directorate for Cinema and Audiovisual, and the Italian Film Academy – Premi David di Donatello, opened in Hong Kong. Thanks to the support of the Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong, a selection of 10 Italian films, nominated for the latest David di Donatello Awards, will be screened for the first time in Hong Kong, presenting local audiences with some of the most recent works by leading contemporary Italian directors, such as Paolo Virzì, Pupi Avati, Francesca Archibugi, Gianni Amelio, Roberto Andò and Mario Martone.
The initiative is part of an agreement signed in Venice last September between the Ministry of Culture’s Directorate General for Cinema and Audiovisual and the local authority Create Hong Kong, with the aim to strengthen cooperation in the audiovisual sector. At the opening ceremony, which was followed by the screening of the film ‘Siccità’ by Paolo Virzì, Consul General Carmelo Ficarra emphasised the importance of the Festival in strengthening cultural cooperation between Italy and Hong Kong. “After the launch of the initiative in Beijing with the press conference at the Italian Cultural Institute, in the presence of Ambassador Ambrosetti, and the screening of the film Acqua e Anice (Water and Anise) by Corrado Ceron, ITALIAN SCREENS continues its tour with this important stop in Hong Kong. We hope that local distributors, after seeing the audience-filled movie theatres and becoming familiar with the Film Distribution Fund, will bring more and more Italian films to their screens and platforms. The next appointment of the initiative is scheduled from 16 to 22 December at the Hainan Island International Film Festival with a special section dedicated to ITALIAN SCREENS, and will then proceed next year in various provinces of China,’ said Roberto Stabile, creator and manager of the project.