The «Spring of Italian cinema» blooms again


By John

«La Primavera del cinema Italiano – Premio Federico II» returns with the tenth edition – in Cosenza from 15 to 23 September – full of new features and with the best of national and international cinema: over 20 screenings, five Italian films by great directors, one section dedicated to short films promoted by the Italian Arthouse Cinema Federation (FICE), a day dedicated to rediscovered cinema. Many guests expected, from Matteo Garrone – fresh winner in Venice – a Enrico Brignano, Massimo Cantini Parrini, Barbara Ronchi, Riccardo Milani, Giorgio Verdelli, Marta Donzelli, Gregorio Paonessa, Tiziana Zampieri.
Actors, directors and producers will walk the red carpet of “The Spring of Italian Cinema”. Patron of the event, supported by the Calabria Film Commission as part of the project “Beautiful like the Cinema”, Giuseppe Citrigno, president of Anec Calabria. «It is an event much awaited by the Calabrians, an event now in its tenth edition. The Spring of Cinema – he declares Giuseppe Citrigno – was stopped in 2016, holding an institutional position I decided to temporarily set aside the event which today, thanks also to the contribution and support of the Calabria Film Commission, restarts with a program full of events. Next to me is a long-time friend, as well as an exceptional artistic director: Massimo Galimberti».

«Through this festival we will try to tell the new narrative of Italian cinema, a cinema that returns to the roots, to the recovery of historical memory, where places, territories become not only the frame of the films but an integral part of the story. We have chosen to propose – explains artistic director Galimberti – five Italian films by as many great directors who this year obtained the “best film” nomination at the latest edition of the David di Donatello. We consider them the best of Italian cinema and represent the rebirth of our sector after the sad period caused by the pandemic. They are the new Spring of Italian Cinema.”

Calabria will obviously not be missing from this tale of Italian cinema, an open-air set, appreciated by national and international productions which have looked at the region with extreme interest in recent years. Supporting the artistic director is an exceptional artistic committee: the screenwriter Nicola Guaglianonedirector Mimmo Caloprestijournalists and film critics Enrico Magrelli and Boris Sollazzo. The president of the Committee will be the director of the new Experimental Center of Mediterranean Arts (CeSAM), Marcello Foti, former general director of the Experimental Center of Cinematography of Rome.
We will start on Friday with the films “Rapito”, “Le Otto Montagne”, “La Stranezza”, at the Cinema Citrigno and at the Cinema San Nicola.