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Say ti amo as these 11 films from Venice premiere in Singapore this April

A little bit more of Italy will arrive in Singapore this April.

And it’s not just pasta restaurants, gelato stalls or branded boutique stores we’re talking about. More than 10 films from the recent 70th Venice Film Festival will light up screens here from 2 to 7 April. They will be presented for the first time in Singapore at a special edition of the annual Italian Film Festival.

The 11th Italian Film Festival: Special Venice Edition will feature Italian and Asian films including Golden Lion winner Sacro GRA by Italian filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi; Bertolucci on Bertolucci, a documentary on the life and work of legendary director Bernardo Bertolucci; and Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy, a narrative based on 410 real tweets by an anonymous Thai girl, produced by the Biennale College-Cinema, a higher-education workshop open to young filmmakers from around the world and organised by the Biennale di Venezia in partnership with Gucci for the first time in 2012.

There will also be a special screening of a gloriously restored version of Federico Fellini’s 1960 classic La Dolce Vita.

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Scene from Federico Fellini’s 1960 classic, La Dolce Vita

The 11th Italian Film Festival: Special Venice Edition is presented by the Italian Cultural Institute in collaboration with the Venice Biennale, and in partnership with National Museum of Singapore and Cathay Cineplexes, with the support of the Singapore Film Society and main sponsors Gucci and Singapore Airlines. As such, films will be screened both at The Cathay Cineplex, as well as National Museum of Singapore.

Where: The Cathay Cineplex and National Museum of Singapore

When: 2 to 7 April 2014

Admission: $12/ticket (Tickets go on sale from 20 March)

Book: For screenings at Cathay – All Cathay Cineplex box offices and http://tickets.cathay.com.sg; for screenings at the National Museum – www.miticketplus.com

screening schedule

Opening the festival is Sacro GRA, the first documentary to ever win the Golden Lion, Venice’s top prize, and the first Italian winner since 1998.

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Scene from Sacro GRA, opening film at Italian Film Festival 2014 in Singapore

Or if you’re looking for something closer to home, the Italian Film Festival also features a number of Asian films like Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy, a narrative based on 410 real tweets. Technology meets art and culture in this 125-minute drama.

The Italian Film Festival is certainly not to be missed! For more information and latest updates, you could also visit their Facebook page here.

“Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.” – Truman Capote. Are you ready to indulge?

Read also: You are missing out if you do not watch these movies in 2014

 

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