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Italian cinema at the 13th Tashkent Film Festival

A review of Italian cinema, “Italian Film Days”, has been organised by the Embassy of Italy in Tashkent as part of the 13th Tashkent International Film Festival (TIFFEST), “The Pearl of the Silk Road”, which will run from 28 September to 3 October 2021. This year’s event resumes a rich tradition that began at the end of the 1960s and was interrupted in 1997.

The section on Italian cinema, curated by Olga Strada, offers six films and two documentaries.

While underlining the importance of relaunching cinema as an essential element of the cultural dialogue between Italy and Uzbekistan, Ambassador Agostino Pinna highlighted the centuries-old cultural bond that united the two countries via the Silk Road. The Italian movies will be screened not only in the capital but also in Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, the cities on the legendary route at the time of Marco Polo and his journeys.

The Italian delegation attending the event will consist of the actor Franco Nero, Guest of Honour of the Festival, the director Alessandro Rossellini, the actress Chiara Caselli, and the director Italo Spinelli as a member of the TIFFEST Jury.

The review will begin with Pupi Avati’s latest film “Lei mi parla ancora” (“She still speaks to me)”. The other movies are Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty”, “Martin Eden” by Pietro Marcello, “Lazzaro Felice” by Alice Rohrwacher, “Pinocchio” by Matteo Garrone, and “Perfect strangers” by Paolo Genovese. The documentaries are “The Rossellinis” by Alessandro Rossellini and “It was spring outside”, a choral work by Gabriele Salvatores about the days of the lockdown in Italy.

As part of the festival, the guests will be giving masterclasses for the students of the Tashkent film school.