The annual “Days of Italian Cinema in Bosnia and Herzegovina” film festival is back, as organised by the Italian Embassy in the country’s major cities, with screenings in Sarajevo, Mostar, Tuzla and Banja Luka. From 8 to 15 June, the festival will feature comedies, thrillers, and dramas played by well-known protagonists of contemporary Italian cinema — from Antonio Albanese to Paola Cortellesi, from Pierfrancesco Favino to Edoardo Leo; this year, a docu-film entitled “Power of Rome” will be dedicated to the Italian capital, as part of the campaign for the Eternal City’s candidacy to become the venue for EXPO2030. The settings of the films cover the entire Italian peninsula, offering the Bosnian Herzegovinian audience the opportunity to appreciate its different peculiarities and reaffirming the importance of film art in the broader framework of cultural relations between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Italy.
The programme also features a special space dedicated to an emerging director of Italian cinema, Mirko Pincelli, who will be present at the Sarajevo screening of his debut feature film, “The Habit of Beauty”. Finally, the conclusion of the “Days” will be dedicated to the world of set photography: at the National Museum in Sarajevo, the exhibition “Dietro le quinte” (Behind the Scenes) – dedicated to photographer Mimmo Cattarinich, for years in the retinue of the greatest directors in the history of Italy, from Fellini to Pasolini, from Benigni to Tornatore – will be inaugurated on 15 June.
The exhibition, which will remain open until 3 July, has been built starting from a unique photographic archive that tells a never-before-seen story about great Italian cinema from the early 1960s to the beginning of the third millennium.