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Also at the Jerusalem Film Festival: Visconti and Antonioni

Five Italian films will be presented at the Jerusalem International Film Festival from 24 August to 4 September 2021, on which the Italian Cultural Institute in Tel Aviv has collaborated. The Festival will take place in hybrid mode.

The following Italian films will be included in the Festival programme:

‘A Chiara’ (Italy, France 2021), directed by Jonas Carpignano. Chiara is a fifteen-year-old girl who wonders what has come of her family, particularly her father, who suddenly disappears the day after her sister’s eighteenth birthday. Inspired by many true stories, ‘A Chiara’ is a story of growing up, searching for truth, and the possibility of making decisions.

‘Death in Venice’ (Italy, 1971) by Luchino Visconti. This year the Festival presents the documentary film ‘The Most Beautiful Boy in the World’, about the life of Björn Andrésen, known as the beautiful boy who was the object of the obsession of Gustav von Aschenbach (Dirk Bogarde) in the film ‘Death in Venice’. This is an opportunity to revisit Visconti’s masterpiece in a newly restored version.

‘Story of a Love Affair’ (Italy, 1950) by Michelangelo Antonioni. Antonioni’s debut feature film is a powerful statement on the illusions and violence that can be unleashed by passionate love.

‘The Rossellinis’ (Italy, Latvia, 2020), directed by Alessandro Rossellini and Lorenzo d’Amico de Carvalho. The ironic tale of the Rosellini saga, recounted via the family members, who find themselves having to participate in a kind of family therapy in front of the movie camera. This is the debut film by Alessandro Rossellini, the  first grandson of the great director. Roberto Rossellini, who was never a man to respect the conventions, filled the pages of newspapers all over the world with his love affairs, scandalising the rigid morality of the 1950s and giving birth to a large multi-ethnic extended family.

‘The Tale of King Crab’ (Italy, France, Argentina, 2021), directed by Alessio Rigo de Righi and Matteo Zoppis. This film tells the epic story of the drunkard Luciano, who, at the end of the nineteenth century, was driven out of a small village in Tuscia because he stood up to defend the woman he loved, who was under threat from the surly prince Luciano. Fleeing into exile in Tierra del Fuego, he participated in a search for a legendary treasure that ended up unleashing greed and madness.

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