Italian Female Directors Shine at the 62nd BFI London Film Festival

Istituto Luce Cinecittà – Filmitalia is delighted to announce that once again a selection of Italy’s latest cinematic highlights will screen at the forthcoming BFI London Film Festival (10 – 21 October).

The seven feature films that will be shown are: TWIN FLOWER, DOGMAN, WHAT YOU GONNA DO WHEN THE WORLD’S ON FIRE?, HAPPY AS LAZZARO, SUSPIRIA, DAUGHTER OF MINE, THE VICE OF HOPE, plus the short film MONELLE.

Three of the titles in this year’s selection are directed by women. Laura Bispuri will present Daughter of Mine, shown earlier this year at the Berlin International Film Festival. Alice Rohrwacher’s Happy as Lazzaro, which shared the Best Screenplay award at the Cannes International Film Festival, will be screening in the Official Competition section. Laura Luchetti’s second feature Twin Flower, which received the FIPRESCI Honourable mention at the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival, will have its European premiere in the capital.

Gomorrah director Matteo Garrone’s latest feature Dogman also screened in Cannes, where Marcello Fonte won the Best Actor award for his lead role. The film is the Italian entry for best foreign-language film at the 91st Academy Awards. Luca Guadagnino returns to the BFI London Film Festival with a remake of Dario Argento’s cult classic Suspiria (released in the UK by Mubi), which premiered at the Venice International Film Festival.

It is included in the prestigious Headline Gala strand. Roberto Minervini’s What You Gonna Do when the World’s on Fire? was also in Venice, and will be competing in London for the Best Documentary award. The Vice of Hope is Edoardo De Angelis’ follow-up to his impressive feature film Indivisibili, and has already been building up a following on the international festival circuit, including most recently Toronto. So far, the three titles Happy as Lazzaro,Dogman and Suspiria have secured UK distribution.

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