The Vancouver Italian Film Festival migrates online for our 2021 iteration and constricts to a very manageable four films (plus one talk), but for all the brevity, there’s no drop off in quality. We are stoked to announce our line up, available on VIFF Connect between January 8 – 21: First up, a new, acclaimed, live action version of Pinocchio, with Roberto Benigni as Geppetto, and directed by the versatile Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah; Dogman; Tale of Tales). Described by critics as “a landmark adaptation”, and a big hit in Italy last Christmas, Pinocchio is enchanting viewing for all ages.
Next up, hot from opening the Venice Film Festival in the fall, we have the new film from the director of Our Lives (La nostra vita), Daniele Luchetti: The Ties (Lacci), a piercing study of adultery and betrayal with superb performances from Alba Rohrwacher and Luigi Lo Cascio.
Sin (Il peccato) – directed by Andrei Konchalovski – is a profound and unsettling historical drama starring Alberto Testone as the XVI century artist Michelangelo. Sin was the closing night film at the Rome Film Festival.
Finally, we present a tribute to the late, great composer Ennio Morricone, who passed away this summer, with a Film Studies lecture by Will Ross, and a chance to enjoy Sergio Corbucci’s extraordinary spaghetti western, The Great Silence (Il grande silenzio), which Morricone scored, and which had an indelible influence on Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful 8.
Now in its 8th year, the festival is a co-presentation between VIFF, Il Centro-Italian Cultural Centre, and the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver.
Info and tickets: Check www.viff.org for more details and ticket info soon.