The film festival “Spotlight on Italian Cinema”, organised by the Italian Embassy in Teheran, officially opened today in Teheran, at the Iranian Artists Forum. The event, aimed at celebrating and promoting contemporary Italian cinema, will run until 26 February and, for the first time, will be held in three cities, Teheran, Kish and Shiraz.
The first film to be screened was “L’Equilibrio” by Vincenzo Marra, a guest of the festival, who presented his film and held a workshop, for an enthusiastic audience and experts, on film directing and co-productions.
At the inaugural ceremony, Ambassador Perrone emphasised the profound relations between Italy and Iran in the film sector, and underlined the importance of contemporary film production, as a suggestive artistic representation of the reality of our times.
The line-up of the festival features another six films: “Martin Eden” by P. Marcello, “Mia Madre” by N. Moretti, “Lazzaro Felice” by A. Rohrwacher, “Dove cadono le Ombre” by V. Pedicini, “L’intrepido” by G. Amelio. There will also be a screening of “La via del petrolio”, the extraordinary historical documentary shot by B. Bertolucci in Iran between 1965 and 1966. Among the other guests of “Spotlight on Italian Cinema” are Sergio Toffetti – a member of the Scientific Committee of Rai Teche - who will be holding two workshops, in Kish (25 February) and Shiraz (26 February), on Italian and Iranian arthouse filmmaking.