Good news, movie buffs and film fans. The Moviemov Italian Film Festival will be returning to the Philippines after its successful runs in Bangkok and Hanoi!
From February 1 to 6, the 10th edition of the festival will be back on Philippine shores through online platforms. They will be screening eight Italian movies with Sara Serraiocco, a new face in the Italian film industry, as their guest of honor. (Read: 4 Apps Where You Can Watch Original Filipino Films)
“We decided to confirm the tenth edition of Moviemov Italian Film Festival Manila making it accessible online, as we are convinced that more than ever, it’s important to restart through culture and cinema,” said their artistic directors, Fabia Bettini and Gianluca Giannelli.
My Pope lists the eight movies that you can watch during the festival.
Moviemov Italian Film Festival: Thou Shalt Not Hate
Simone is an established surgeon with a satisfying life, an elegant flat, and no ties. The conflicts with his father, a prison camp survivor, are just a memory, now that his father passed away. During a boating training, he witnesses a car accident and, as a doctor, he intervenes to save the victim. (Read: Have a taste of Italy with these easy recipes!)
But When he discovers a Nazi tattoo on his chest, he hesitates, leaving the man to his fate. But immediately, Simone, tormented by guilt, starts investigating the dead man and reaching out to his family in a working-class neighborhood.
Moviemov Italian Film Festival: Hidden Away
Toni, the son of an emigrant Italian mother, deported back to Italy from Switzerland where he spent his childhood. Meeting the sculptor Renato Marino Mazzacurati was his chance to return to painting, the beginning of a redemption story in which he feels art is the only way to form his identity, a real opportunity to make his name known and loved by the world.
Moviemov Italian Film Festival: Ordinary Justice
A day of ordinary justice in a large Italian courthouse. In the heart of the building is a hearing, and in the docks sits a young criminal and the petrol station attendant who reacted, shot, and killed the former’s young accomplice. (Read: The Year in Films: Top Movies We Watched in 2020)
We see rituals, robes, interrogations, evidence, witnesses. But the film also (or especially?) tells the story of what happens beyond the courtroom: the corridors, offices, ushers, families, children, and wives of the accused and of the victims, waiting outside.
Moviemov Italian Film Festival: Predators
Two apparently incompatible families, the Pavone (bourgeois and intellectual) and the Vismara (proletarian and Fascist the second), share the same jungle that is Rome. A banal incident will bring the two poles into collision. And the folly of a twenty-five-year-old man will lead to a showdown that reveals everyone has a secret and no one is what they seem.
Moviemov Italian Film Festival: Padrenostro
Valerio is a 10-year-old kid with a fervent imagination. His life is turned upside down when he witnesses a terrorist commando attempting to kill his father Alfonso. From that moment, fear and a sense of vulnerability mark the feelings of the whole family. (Read: Carbonara Recipes: Three ways to spice up an Italian classic)
During those days, Valerio meets Christian— a compelling boy who is slightly older than him. Lonely, rebellious, and cheeky, Christian seems to come from nowhere. That encounter, in a summer full of discoveries, will change their lives forever.
Moviemov Italian Film Festival: Puntasacra
The last patch of land— its inhabitants call it Punta Sacra, Sacred Point. Realism and imagination constantly intertwine in this suburb of Rome, where Franca leads an all-female community. Their family is hanging between nostalgia and an inevitable pragmatism, constantly struggling between a strong sense of belonging and the lack of opportunities for the new generations.
Moviemov Italian Film Festival: Pinocchio
Geppetto, an old woodcarver, receives a piece of wood perfect for his next project: a puppet. But something magical happens— the cheeky puppet begins to talk, and he can walk, run, and eat like any young boy. Geppetto calls him Pinocchio, and brings him up as his son. (Read: Meet these dragon-slaying saints!)
But Pinocchio finds it hard to be good. Easily led astray, he tumbles from one misadventure to another as he is tricked, kidnapped, and chased by bandits through a fantastical world full of imaginative creatures. His loyal friend, the Fairy with the Turquoise Hair, tries to make him see that his dream to be a real boy can never come true until Pinocchio finally changes his ways.
Moviemov Italian Film Festival: Il Mio Corp
Oscar, the son of a junk dealer, and Stanley, a young immigrant, live on the margins of Sicily. Oscar and his older brother Roberto work with their father, collecting scrap metal from illegal landfills. Each metal has its own value and the Oscar family survives by transforming other people’s waste into a new bargaining chip.
For Stanley, the worst seems to be behind him— a small apartment for himself, a two-year residence permit, and a friend with whom to share some food and memories. He could leave Sicily and try his luck in a country that gives him a real chance, but something keeps him in this limbo.