Venezia screenings bring Italy to Brazil


ROME -- Six new Italian films and one Italian classic will highlight the third annual Venezia Cinema Italiano initiative in Brazil.

The series of screenings get underway Thursday in Sao Paulo and conclude Dec. 12 in Brasilia, with stops in Rio de Janeiro and Recife also scheduled.

Among the films screening as part of the tour are Andrea Porporati's Mafia drama "Il Dolce e l'Amaro" (The Sweet and the Bitter), one of three competition films from Italy this year; "La Ragazza del Lago" (The Girl from the Lake) from Andrea Molaioli; Venice Days sidebar favorite "Non Pensarci" (Don't Think); and Bernardo Bertolucci's 1972 classic "Strategia del Ragno" (The Spider's Stratagem), which originally premiered in Venice and re-screened this year as part of an homage to the two-time Oscar winner.