BFI London Film Festival to Feature Eight Italian Films

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The event will put a spotlight on such movies as "Caesar Must Die," which won the Golden Bear in Berlin and is now Italy's candidate for the foreign language Oscar.


LONDON - The British Film Institute said Friday that it will once again cast a spotlight on Italian films at the 56th BFI London Film Festival, which kicks off on Oct. 10 and runs until Oct. 21.

"In 2012, an impressive number of Italian films have reaped coveted awards at major festivals, making it a spectacular year for Italian cinema," it said, emphasizing that the festival will screen eight Italian movies.

Among them are Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's Caesar Must Die, which won the Golden Bear in Berlin this year and was recently picked as the country's candidate for the foreign language Oscar, and Matteo Garrone's Reality, which won the Grand Prix in Cannes.

Also screening during the London festival will be The Red & The Blue from Giuseppe Piccioni, Francesco Patierno's Bergman & Magnani: The War of Volcanoes, The Interval by Leonardo Di Costanzo, It Was the Son by Daniele Cipri, Marco Bellocchio's Dormant Beauty and The Big Gundown by Sergio Sollima.

Actress Maya Sansa and actor Piergiorgio Bellocchio (Dormant Beauty) will be attending the festival along with directors Garrone, Vittorio Taviani, di Costanzo, Cipri, Piccioni and Patierno.

Presenting the films will be Italy's Istituto Luce Cinecitta.