The 9th edition of the Italian Film Festival in Madrid kicked off on 23 November. Year after year the Festival – one of the most awaited events in Spain – continues to enrich its agenda with a view to increasingly become a point of reference for contemporary cinema-lovers. The different film contest sections (feature films, documentaries and shorts) will screen films that were presented at last year’s international film festivals, including Cannes, Toronto, Venice and Rome. The event is organised by the Italian Cultural Institute under the patronage of the Italian Embassy and with the sponsorship of Enel Endesa, the support of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism and with the cooperation of Illy Caffè. Some of the film titles selected are: “La pazza gioia” (“Like Crazy”) by Paolo Virzì, “Fiore” by Claudio Giovannesi, “Un bacio” (“One Kiss”) by Ivan Cotroneo, “Tommaso” by Kim Rossi Stuart, “Veloce come il vento” (“Italian Race”) by Matteo Rovere, “Loro chi?” (“Them Whom?) by Fabio Bonifacci and Francesco Miccichè, “Questi giorni” by Giuseppe Piccioni, “In guerra per amore” by Pif and “Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot” (“They Call Me Jeeg Robot”) by Gabriele Mainetti (winner of the David di Donatello 2016 Prize for best new director). Some of the documentaries screened will be: “Liberami” by Federica Di Giacomo (nominated Best Film in the “Orizzonti” section of the Biennale of Venice), “Acqua e zucchero. Carlo Di Palma: i colori della vita” (“Water and Sugar: Carlo Di Palma, the Colours of Life”) by Fariborz Kamkari (presented at the Film Festivals of Toronto and Venice). This year’s special lifetime achievement award was assigned to Italian composer Nicola Piovani. The films, screened in the original version with subtitles in Spanish, will be shown at Madrid’s Cines Renoir Princesa (c/ Princesa 3) while parallel events associated with the Festival will be hosted at the Italian Cultural Institute. Admission is free (on a first-come first-served basis) and tickets can be picked up at the cinema’s ticket office every day from 4 p.m.