The “Femminile, plurale” film festival has opened in Berlin. With 11 works by Italian female directors, the festival offers a glimpse of “women’s” film in today’s Italy. In his opening remarks at the introductory event, the Ambassador of Italy, Armando Varricchio, observed that “the ‘Femminile, Plurale’ film festival picks up and revitalises the spirit of the Berlinale. I feel that a women’s view of the world is more necessary than ever and particularly timely at this historic time”, explained the Ambassador. He underscored that “art, culture, film and creativity have the power to help us understand today’s reality and to imagine – and shape – tomorrow’s”.
The opening event was moderated by Jenni Zylka (member of the Berlinale selection committee) and Cristina Nord (head of the Berlinale Forum). In addition to Ambassador Varricchio, the speakers included Carla Cattani (Cinecittà), Maria Carolina Foi (Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Berlin) and director Laura Bispuri. The opening film at the “Femminile, plurale” event will be her “Vergine giurata”, which competed in the Berlin Film Festival in 2015 and won the Nora Ephron prize at the Tribeca Festival that same year. The Festival is being held in two Berlin cinemas: the Kant Kino, where the opening screening took place, and the Klick Kino, which recently re-opened its doors and which has always devoted special attention to Italy.