ROME — The cream of Italian cinema’s recent crop will unspool in Buenos Aires as a coda to Ventana Sur, Latin America’s premier film mart.
The Italian Screenings mark the first time that Ventana Sur, which is run by the Cannes Film Market and Argentinian film institute Incaa, hosts films from outside Latin America.
Italo state film entity Istituto Luce-Cinecitta has selected two dozen Italo titles, many fresh from launches at the Venice, Rome, and Turin fests, for the Italo screenings slotted on Dec. 4, one day after the Nov. 30-Dec. 3 Ventana Sur ends. They will take place in the same venue, the Cinemark Puero Madero plex in Buenos Aires’ chic waterfront district.
More than 300 buyers are expected at Ventana Sur. Luce-Cinecitta is offering additional accommodation to distributors or buyers who want to stay an extra night for the Italo screenings.
Luce-Cinecitta topper Roberto Cicutto has underlined the strategic importance of this initiative, which is part of an ongoing effort to building bridges between the Italian film industry and Latin American audiences and vice-versa.
“For decades Italian cinema has been popular with Latin American audiences,” said Bernardo Bergeret, head of Incaa’s international affairs, and Ventana Sur’s executive director.
Titles spanning a range of genres include Marco Bellocchio’s euthansia-themed “Dormant Beauty,” which bowed at Venice, and other Lido standouts, such as Ivano De Matteo’s “Balancing Act,” an economic crisis drama, and mob-themed “The Interval” by Leonardo Di Costanzo.
Sergio Castellitto’s Sarajevo-set Penelope Cruz starrer “Twice Born,” which has scored a strong $5.5 million in three weeks at the Italo box office, after launching from Toronto, is also unspooling.
Comedies comprise Silvio Soldini’s fablelike “The Commander and the Stork,” Giulio Manfredonia’s political satire “Todo Todo Nada Nada,” and Paolo Virzi’s unemployed youth romcom “Every Blessed Day.”