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Eight Italians looking to win over BFI London Fest

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Eight Italians films and two co-productions will play at the 54th BFI London Film Festival (October 13-28), considered one of the largest showcases of the best of the year’s European cinema.

Sabina Guzzanti’s Draquila [+see also:
trailer
Interview Sabina Guzzanti [IT]
film profile
]
, Ferzan Ozpetek’s Loose Cannons [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, Michelangelo Frammartino’s The Four Times [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Michelangelo Frammartino
interview: Savina Neirotti
film profile
]
, Daniele Luchetti’s Our Life [+see also:
film review
trailer
making of
film profile
]
, Antonio Capuano’s Dark Love [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, Pasquale Scimeca’s Malavoglia [+see also:
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film profile
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, Massimo Coppola’s Afraid of the Dark [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
and Il richiamo by Stefano Pasetto will represent Italy in the English capital alongside Julian Schnabel’s Miral [+see also:
trailer
film profile
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and Peter Mullan’s Neds [+see also:
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film profile
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(Best Film and Best Actor at San Sebastian), co-produced respectively by Italy’s Eagle Pictures and Studio Urania.

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One of the toughest markets for Italian cinema, the UK saw an increase of Italian acquisitions in 2010 with five titles: Luca Guadagnino’s I Am Love [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Luca Guadagnino - director
film profile
]
, released in March on 52 screens with promotion support from the UK Film Council (UKFC); Marco Bellocchio’s Vincere [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Cannes 2009 Marco Bellocchio
interview: Filippo Timi - actor
film profile
]
; Francesca Comencini’s The White Space [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
; Susanna Nicchiarelli’s Cosmonauta [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
; and A Perfect Day [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Ferzan Ozpetek.

This increase, in a market dominated by US blockbusters (81.4% in 2009 according to the UKFC), is in part due to the new distribution company VITA, headed by Chris Johnson, who claims that digital channels and the right promotion can help expand the quota of Italian films.

(Translated from Italian)

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