Film Festivals

Italian Film Festival 2011

The Embassy of Italy, the Film Development Council of the Philippines, the Philippine-Italian Association, in cooperation with Rustan’s, The Peninsula Manila, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and in collaboration with Asiatica Film Mediale (organizers of the most important Asian Film Festival in Italy) and Playtown (organizers of the Film Festival in Rome) present Moviemov: Italian Cinema Now.

Aside from the festival, two workshops will be conducted by acclaimed director Dario Argento and award-winning composer Franco Piersanti and this is expected to draw in students and film enthusiasts.

The Italian Film Festival runs from November 9 up to 13 at Greenbelt 3 Cinemas in Makati City. Admission is free.

Habemus Papam (2011)

Directed by Nanni Moretti

After the Pontiff’s death the Conclave needs to elect the next Pope. However, the newly elected one falls prey to doubt and anxiety, depressed and fearful of not being able to accomplish his tasks. The Vatican then summons a therapist in order to support him and help him get over his troubles.

Mine Vaganti (Loose Cannons) (2010)

Directed by Ferzan Ozpetek

Tommaso is the youngest member of a large family of pasta-makers in Puglia. Today they have come together for a special family meal to celebrate handing over the factory’s management to Antonio. Tommaso has decided to finally announce to his unsuspecting family that he’s gay.

Passione (Passion) (2010)

Directed by John Torturro

Singers and songs, musicians and poets, real and legendary characters play the leading role in a movie that walks through one of the most beautiful, famous and controversial metropolitan cities in the world, one of the very few able to represent an idea of life.

Una Vita Tranquilla (A Quiet Life) (2010)

Directed by Claudio Cupellini

Rosario Russo hails from southern Italy, has a young family and is perfectly integrated in his new home near Frankfurt where he runs hotel business. He keeps a low profile, has hanged identities, speaks an impeccable German. Until one day his past suddenly comes back to haunt him.

Vincere (Victory) (2009)

Directed by Marco Bellocchio

The tragic story of Ida Dalser, Mussolini’s first wife, who had a son from him, Benito Albino Mussolini, who died with his mother in a mental hospital where Il Duce had had them confined.

Corpo Celeste (2011)

Directed by Alice Rohrwacher

Marta is thirteen and, after spending ten years with her family in Switzerland, goes back to live with her mother in Italy’s deep south,in a Calabria floating between modernity and ancient traditions.

Che Bella Giornata (What a Beautiful Day) (2011)

Directed by Gennaro Nunziante

Checco, security guard in Milan’s Cathedral, falls in love with Farah, but he doesn’t know that she’s in Milan for a very personal vengeance and wants to involve the young, ingenuous man in her criminal project. However, she will realize soon that Checco will change her life forever.

Tribute to Dario Argento

Dracula 3D (2012)

Directed by Dario Argento

The young solicitor Jonathan Harker travels to a remote castle in Transylvania, where he meets the creepy Count Dracula who keeps him trapped in his mansion. With the help of Professor Van Helsing, Harker will strive to put an end to the Prince of Darkness’s bloody crimes.

Suspiria (1977)

Directed by Dario Argento

A young American dancer travels to Europe to join a famous ballet school. She tries to settle in at the ballet school, but hears strange noises and is troubled by bizarre occurrences. She eventually discovers that the school is merely a front for a much more sinister organization.

Profondo Rosso (Deep Red) (1975)

Directed by Dario Argento

A musician witnesses the murder of a famous psychic, and then teams up with a feisty reporter to find the killer while evading attempts on their lives by the unseen killer bent on keeping a dark secret buried.

Tribute to Bernardo Bertolucci

Il Conformista (The Conformist) (1970)

Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci

At the core of the movie there is a man, Marcello, who, in order toconceal his being different, chooses to act the same as the mob surrounding him, thus becoming a fascist and turning into the killer of his teacher, an anti-fascist professor.

Ultimo Tango A Parigi (Last Tango in Paris) (1972)

Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci

An impossible and desperate love story. A heartbreaking cry by the middle-class. A challenge, trickled through cinematic elegance and expertise, to the obliging conventions of the forefathers of cinema.

L’Ultimo Imperatore (The Last Emperor) (1987)

Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci

Immense portrait of almost a century of Chinese history, from the appointment of Pu-Yi, a three-year-old child, as Emperor of China, until his death as a plain gardener in Beijing’s botanical garden.

Soñadores (The Dreamers) (2003)

Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci

On the background of the riotous political events leading up to May ’68 in France, three youngsters shut themselves up at home in Paris, where they will explore emotions and eroticism in a crescendo of more and more extreme mind games.

Tribute to Brillante Mendoza

Serbis (2008)

Directed by Brillante Mendoza

Philippines | 2008

The Pineda family operates a run-down movie house which shows dated sexy films, where they’ve taken up residence. Amidst their daily activities, they deal with each other’s sins and vices, unmindful of the other kind of business going on inside the movie theater between the serbis boys (male prostitutes) and the gay patrons.


Directed by Brillante Mendoza

Philippines | 2009

Two elderly women, both called Lola, bear the consequences of a crime involving their respective grandsons— one is the victim, the other is the suspect. Both weak and poor, they laboriously solicit money in the midst of a storm — one for the victi’s burial, the other for the suspect’s bail bond.


Directed by Brillante Mendoza

Philippines | 2009

Today is Peping’s wedding day with the mother of his baby. A poor police academy student, he can’t turn down an opportunity to make money. Peping naively accepts a well-paid job from a corrupt friend and falls into an all-night nightmare, the kidnapping and torture of a prostitute. Is he a killer himself?



November 9

8:00 PM – Cinema 5 – Habemus Papam

8:30 PM – Cinema 3 – Serbis

10:00 PM – Cinema 4 – Dracula 3D

November 10

5:00 PM – Cinema 5 – Mine Vaganti | Loose Cannons

5:30 PM – Cinema 3 – Habemus Papam

9:00 PM – Cinema 5 – Passione

9:30 PM – Cinema 3 – Il Conformista

November 11

4:00 PM – Cinema 5 – Suspiria

5:00 PM – Cinema 3 – Passione

6:30 PM – Cinema 5- Una Vita Tranquilla

7:00 PM – Cinema 3 – Mine Vaganti

8:30 PM – Cinema 5 – Vincere

9:00 PM – Cinema 3 – Ultimo Tango A Parigi

November 12

2:00 PM – Cinema 5 – Suspiria

4:00 PM – Cinema 5 – Lola

5:00 PM – Cinema 3 – Vincere

6:00 PM – Cinema 5 – Corpo Celeste

7:30 PM -Cinema 3 – Che Bella Giornata

9:30 PM – Cinema 3 – L’Ultimo Imperatore

November 13

3:00 PM – Cinema 5 – Corpo Celeste

3:30 PM –  Cinema 3 – Che Bella Giornata

5:00 PM – Cinema 5 – Profondo Rosso

5:30 PM –  Cinema 3 – Kinatay

9:30 PM –  Cinema 3 – The Dreamers


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