The EmQuartier and Quartier CineArt will hold the “Italian Film Festival Bangkok 2017” in cooperation with the Embassy of Italy and the Dante Alighieri Cultural Association, within the framework of the Italian Festival in Thailand 2017 and with the invaluable support of Generali Thailand as Official Sponsor and in cooperation with Benetone Films.
The IFFB 2017 will screen seven critically-acclaimed Italian movies under the Artistic Direction of Maurizio Mistretta of Dante Alighieri Association. They are: “The Invisible boy”, “I, Harlequin”, “God Willing”, “Perfect Strangers”, “Like Crazy”, “The Francigena Path” and “Feather”. All movies will showcase a contemporary image of Italian culture through the quality of its best cinematographic productions, with genres ranging from Comedy to Drama, from Science Fiction to Documentary.
The Festival’s launch will be on Tuesday 12th September 2017 at 18.30 hours at EmQuartier Helix Garden with His Excellency, the Italian Ambassador to Thailand, Mr. Francesco Saverio Nisio, presiding over the opening ceremony, together with Thai-Italian actress Preem Ranida Techasit, followed by a screening of the movie “Like Crazy” (La Pazza Gioia). A 2016 Italian comedy film, it tells the story of two women from different backgrounds who become friends while being treated at a mental institution. This movie was screened in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
On the occasion of the “Italian Film Festival Bangkok 2017”, the Italian Embassy and Dante Alighieri Association will also organize three important collateral events:
1. Italian-Thai 90 seconds short film competition, in cooperation with Benetone Films, open to filmmakers and aspiring filmmakers in Thailand, Thai National and Expats. It encourages to discuss and produce 90 seconds short films on the topic “COLOUR OF ITALY”, where “Colour” is used in a broad sense to represent the feel, the touch, the smell of Italy in the daily life of Thai people.
2. Roundtable on film distribution and co-production on the promotion of Italy and Thailand as “locations” for film-making by the two countries, on the 14th September 2017 at the Italian Embassy (by invitation only).
3. Workshop on Italian cinema organized by the Dante Alighieri Association in collaboration with Chulalongkorn University on 16th September.
Italian Film Festival Bangkok 2017 is held from 12th to 18th September at Quartier CineArt, 4th floor, The EmQuartier. Tickets are 180, 200 or 700 baht for a special couple seats. Every film will be shown with English and, for the first time, also with Thai subtitles. For more information or reservations, please contact 02-515-5555 or visit http://www.majorcineplex.com/
THE PROGRAM (synopsys, stills and trailers will be posted in the discussion section of this event page):
IL RAGAZZO INVISIBILE – (THE INVISIBLE BOY) by Gabriele Salvatores – Comedy/fantasy– 100 min – Italy/France 2014– with Ludovico Girardello, Valeria Golino, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Christo Jivkov
Friday 15 8pm & Saturday 16 4pm
IO, ARLECCHINO – (I, HARLEQUIN) – by Matteo Bini, Giorgio Pasotti– Comedy/Drama – 90 min – Italy 2015 – with Giorgio Pasotti, Roberto Herlitzka, Valeria Bilello, Lavinia Longhi
Friday 15 6pm & Sunday 17 8pm
SE DIO VUOLE – (GOD WILLING) – by Edoardo Falcone– comedy – 87 min – Italy 2015 – with Marco Giallini, Alessandro Gassmann, Laura Morante
Wednesday 13 8pm & Monday 18 6pm
I VOLTI DELLA VIA FRANCIGENA (THE FRANCIGENA PATH)– by Fabio Dipinto– Documentary – 51 min – Italy 2016 – with Enrico Brizzi,Giovanni Caselli, Alberto Conte, Paolo Caucci von Saucken, Joseph Roduit
Wednesday 13 6.30pm & Monday 18 8pm
LA PAZZA GIOIA(LIKE CRAZY)– by Paolo Virzì – Drama/Comedy – 118 min – Italy 2016 – with Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Micaela Ramazzotti
Tuesday 12 8pm & Sunday 17 5.30pm
PERFETTI SCONOSCIUTI – (PERFECT STRANGERS) – by : Paolo Genovese– Comedy/Drama – 97 min – Italy 2016 – with Giuseppe Battiston, Anna Foglietta, Marco Giallini, Edoardo Leo,Valerio Mastandrea, Alba Rohrwacher, Kasia Smutniak
Thursday 14 8pm & Saturday 16 8pm
PIUMA – (FEATHER) – by Roan Johnson – Comedy – 98 min – Italy 2016 – with Blu Yoshimi, Michela Cescon, Sergio Pierattini, Francesco Colella
Thursday 14 6pm & Saturday 16 6pm
Address:Quartier CineArt, EMQUARTIER, 4th Floor, 651 Sukhumvit Road, Klong Tan Nuea, Watthana,, Bangkok, Thailand