Bellissimo! Catch Italian Films At This Inaugural Film Festival

The inaugural Italian Film Week in the Emirates or IFWE 2019 is a ten-day programme running from 3rd to 13th April across Dubai and Abu Dhabi


Abu Dhabi will soon be home to the Italian Cultural Institute.

The organisation will be under the wing of the Embassy of Italy and will oversee the holding of Italian arts, language and cultural programmes to further strengthen the country’s relationship with the UAE.

But while waiting for the centre’s opening, we can keep ourselves busy by watching a few Italian films screening in the coming days.

The inaugural Italian Film Week in the Emirates or IFWE 2019 is a ten-day programme running from 3rd to 13th April across Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and will showcase movies never distributed in the UAE before.

The capital will be hosting two screenings at Manarat Al Saadiyat – here’s a sneak peek…

Set during the second Punic War, Cabiria tells the story of a girl who is separated from her parents and her journey through the world of Ancient Rome.

From there she sees the eruption of Mt. Etna, views the barbaric splendour of Cathage and see human sacrifice and Hannibal crossing the Alps. The silent film will be accompanied by live piano Stefano Maccagno. Free. 6th April. From 7pm.

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Free Cinema Concert with Live Piano Accompaniment by Stefano Maccagno presented @manaratalsaadiyat by Italian Cultural Institute in Abu Dhabi and @italyinuae in cooperation with @museocinema on Saturday, April 6, 7:00pm – 10:00pm) . "CABIRIA" Directed by Giovanni Pastrone . (New Film Restoration!) . Live Piano Accompaniment by Stefano Maccagno . RSVP Required at: http://cs-cabiria.splashthat.com . Italy 1914 166 minutes with English Intertitles Rating: [ G ] . Synopsis: Carthage, Third Century B.C., during the second Punic War. The story concerns a girl, Cabiria, who is separated from her parents and in her odyssey through the world of ancient Rome she observes the eruption of Mt. Etna, endures capture by pirates, views the barbaric splendor of Carthage, and witnesses both human sacrifice and Hannibal crossing the Alps. When young Cabiria is about to be sacrificed to the god Moloch, she is saved by the Roman Fulvio Axilla and his faithful servant Maciste. Many years later, the two recognize her as the beautiful Elissa, Sofonisba's (the king of Carthage's daughter) favorite and entrapped by the high priest Kharthalo. The final defeat of Carthage by the Romans crowns the birth of love between Axilla and Cabiria. One of the most influential and successful Italian historical epics this visually spectacular film set the standard for big-budget feature-length movies around the world. In addition to the meticulous care given to costume and set design, Cabiria was also filmed in on location in North Africa, Sicily and the Italian Alps. . #film #cinema #movies #filmmaking #italy #italianculturalinstitute #italiancinema #cabiria #giovannipastrone #gabrieledannunzio #history #love #epic #odyssey #silentcinema #carthage #ancientrome #filmpreservation #filmrestoration #manaratalsaadiyat #saadiyatisland #saadiyat #yasisland #albateen #alrahabeach #inabudhabi #abudhabi #abudhabievents #myabudhabi #uae

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Italian Race (Veloce Come IL Vento) is a sports action-drama film directed by Matteo Rovere (Drifters and The First King).

The story is loosely based on the life of rally racing driver Carlo Capone and follows the tale of a young lady who seeks the guidance of her drug-addicted brother following the death of their father. Free. 8th April. From 7.30pm.


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