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From Venice to Moscow: the fifth edition

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9 Italian films from the Venice Film Festival to screen in Moscow, 11-15 March
03 | 11 | 2014

Screenings in Saint Petersburg from 14-18 March 2014

9 Italian films from the Venice International Film Festival 2013 will be featured at the 5th Italian Film Festival. From Venice to Moscow, which starts today, Tuesday March 11th 2014 in the Russian capital (Cinema Illuzion), organized by the Biennale di Venezia – chaired by Paolo Baratta – in collaboration with the Italian Institute of Culture and the Italian embassy in Moscow.
The festival, which will be held in Moscow through March 15th, will be replicated this year in Saint Petersburg (Cinema Velikan Park) from March 14th to 18th 2014, in collaboration with the Italian Institute of Culture and the Italian General Consulate in Saint Petersburg, in the III Festival From Venice to Saint Petersburg.
Of the 9 Italian films from the Venice International Film Festival – directed by Alberto Barbera – which will be presented in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, 3 films in particular are from the Competition Venezia 70: Sacro GRA by Gianfranco Rosi, the winner of the Golden Lion; Via Castellana Bandiera by Emma Dante; L’intrepido by Gianni Amelio. From the Orizzonti section, La prima neve by Andrea Segre. From the Venezia Classici section (documentaries): Bertolucci on Bertolucci by Luca Guadagnino and Walter Fasano, Non eravamo solo … ladri di biciclette. Il Neorealismo by Gianni Bozzacchi and Profezia. L’Africa di Pasolini by Enrico Menduni. There will also be a screening of the masterpiece by the winner of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement Francesco Rosi, Le mani sulla città (1963), the film that won the Golden Lion 50 years ago, in a digital version restored by the Cineteca Nazionale in Rome and presented in its world premiere screening as the preview opening of the 70th Venice Film Festival, as well as Zoran, il mio nipote scemo by Matteo Oleotto, from the independent section International Critics’ Week.
Guests of the initiative in Moscow will be Anita Caprioli (star of La prima neve, who will also go to Saint Petersburg), Walter Fasano (director of Bertolucci on Bertolucci), Nicolò Bassetti (author of the concept and screenplay for Sacro GRA) and Matteo Oleotto (director of Zoran, il mio nipote scemo).
Similar initiatives have been organized in recent years by the Biennale di Venezia to promote Italian cinema around the world: since 2005 in Brazil, since 2006 in Russia, since 2009 in China, since 2012 in Korea. In particular, for the Italian films of the 70th Venice International Film Festival 2013, festivals have been organized in Brazil, Korea and Lebanon. Others will follow in the coming months in 2014, in China and, for the first time, in Croatia and Singapore.