The Italian Job

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MANILA, Philippines - When it comes to the art of filmmaking, there's no question that Italy has contributed more than its fair share of prodigious talent and beautiful output.Revered directors like Federico Fellini, Bernardo Bertolucci, and Pier Paolo Pasolini all hail from the Italian peninsula, and films like "La Dolce Vita", "Last Tango in Paris", and "The Gospel According to Matthew" are cinematic creations known not just in Italy but around the world.Italy is also home to some of the world's most prestigious film festivals such as the Venice and Rome International Film Festivals, where the biggest international stars converge and where our own independent films have left their mark, such as Pepe Diokno's "Engkwentro" and Brillante Mendoza's "Lola".This month, that very same European glitz, glamor, and artistry will be coming to Manila, Bangkok, and New Delhi with "Moviemov: Italian Cinema Now", a five-day film festival organized by the General Direction for Cinema of the Italian Minsitry of Heritage and Culture and the Italian Embassies in Bangkok and Manila.To be held at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas from Nov. 9 to 13, the festival not only offers free film screenings and workshops for the public, but also a red carpet event at the Greenbelt 5 to be attended by prominent Italian directors, actors, and producers.The visiting luminaries include legendary horror director Dario Argento, actress Asia Argento, Lisa Sastri, Ennio Fantastichini, Gianni Paolucci, Daniele Cipri, Alice Rohrwacher, Camilla Nesbitt, Claudio Cupellini, Carlo Macchitella, Franco Piersanti and Luciano Sovena."The goal of the event is to create a line-up of films that will provoke and show what Italian cinema is all about. There will also be Filipino filmmakers that have been making international news. These are the two goals that we hope to achieve," says Italian Ambassador to the Philippines Luca Fornari.Asia is the perfect place for Italian filmsThe idea first came to the festival organizers about nine months ago, when Philippines Italian Association president Nedy Tantoco, Italian Senator Goffredo Bettini, and the Filipino-Italian Chamber of Commerce signed an agreement for the holding of the first Italian Film Festival.Senator Bettini, who is also the man behind the Rome Film Festival and the Asiatica Film Mediale in Rome, say that picking these three Asian cities was an easy decision to make, having some of the most vibrant filmmaking scenes in the region. It would be the perfect place to introduce the more contemporary products of the Italian filmmaking scene."Asia is an emerging region with a big cultural market that produces and consumes. …