Dont’ miss the Italian films in the programme of the  58th BFI London Film Festival which starts tomorrow and runs until October 19th!

The first screening is “Leopardi” (Il Giovane Favoloso) by Mario Martone  (selected to screen In Competition at this year’s Venice Film Festival and at the Toronto International Film Festival):

Wednesday 8th, 6.00pm – NFT3 (sold out)

Thursday 9th, 6.00pm – VUE ISLINGTON 1 (sold out)

The director Mario Martone and the screenwriter Ippolita Di Majo will both attend the Festival.

“Mario Martone’s Leopardi illuminates the life and soul of one of Italy’s most significant and influential poets. From his early days at home under his father’s watchful gaze, through to  leaving home and discovering that he does not fit into Italy’s high society, to love affairs in Florence followed by an immersion into a cholera ridden working class Naples, this sweeping, detailed film demonstrates the interrelation between the life and literature of this most freethinking of iconoclasts, strikingly portrayed by Elio Germano”.

Read here the review by Variety.

Some other Italian films are:

I can quit whenever I want by Sydney Sibilia

Saturday 11th, 12.15pm – CURZON MAYFAIR

Wednesday 15th, 8.45pm – ODEON COVENT GARDEN


Black Souls by Francesco Munzi

Saturday 11th, 8.45pm – CINE LUMIERE

Tuesday 14th, 3.15pm – VUE7


The Wonders by Alice Rohrwacher

Monday 13th, 8.30pm – VUE5

Wednesday 15th, 8.45pm – HACKNEY PICTUREHOUSE


Hungry Hearts by Saverio Costanzo

Tuesday 14th, 6.30pm – VUE5

Thursday 16th, 6.15pm – CINE LUMIERE

Friday 17th, 12.30pm – NFT1


The Dinner by Ivano De Matteo

Thursday 16th, 12.00pm – VUE5

Saturday 18th, 2.35pm – CURZON MAYFAIR


Istituto Luce Cinecittà says: “To celebrate their 90th birthday in 2014, Istituto Luce invited some of Italy’s most acclaimed rising filmmakers to make a film, using ten minutes of footage selected from the thousands of hours of footage to be found in the treasure trove of their archives. Each filmmaker chose a subject for their film from a list supplied by Istituto Luce, and the resulting nine films were assembled into a project called 9×10. At the BFI London Film Festival, each feature will be preceded by one of the short films from this unique anthology. The director Paola Randi will be in London to introduce her short film PANIC, and also talk about the 9 x 10 project”.

For “Leopardi“, the short film is Into the war (L’Entrata in guerra),  dir. Roland Sejko, from the 9×10 anthology (10 mins).