Cinema Akil Set To Host 4th Edition Of Italian Film Week

Attention movie lovers! Cinema Akil, an independent cinema platform dedicated to bringing quality films from around the globe to UAE, has announced the return of its fourth annual Italian Film Week. Beginning 31 May, in partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute Abu Dhabi, Cinema Akil will showcase six highly praised films brimming with captivating narratives exploring themes of identity, family bonds, and personal growth.

The program also features a retrospective of master filmmaker Roberto Rossellini, one of the neo-realist pioneers whose films have altered the landscape of cinema across the globe. This rich film roster has garnered recognition at festivals such as Cannes, Venice, Berlinale, and Rotterdam. 

What To Expect At The Italian Film Week

- The festival kicks off with 'There’s Still Tomorrow', directed by Paola Cortellesi, exploring post-war Italian society's patriarchal themes.

- Nanni Moretti's 'A Brighter Tomorrow' follows, delving into a filmmaker's family ties amidst the 1956 USSR invasion of Hungary.

- The lineup features gripping family drama in 'Like Sheep Among Wolves' by Lyda Patitucci and adventurous storytelling in Alice Rohrwacher's 'La Chimera'.

- The festival also showcases unconventional love tales in 'Casablanca' by Adriano Valerio, and examines modern colonialism in 'Disco Boy' by Giacomo Abbruzzese.


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Speaking about Italian Film Week, Susanna Iacona Salafia, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute Abu Dhabi said, "We're honoured to bring back the 4th instalment of Italian Film Week in collaboration with Cinema Akil. Our aim every year is to unveil the vibrant mosaic of Italian culture, inviting audiences to immerse themselves in its beauty, diversity, and timeless cinematic charm. This edition embodies our commitment to cultural exchange in the Emirates, marking the cinematic masterpieces not only of the past time, such as Rossellini’s legendary neo-realism style, but above all of the present time." 

Adding more to this, Butheina Kazim, Founder of Cinema Akil said, “We’re proud to host the 4th edition of Italian Film Week, reaffirming our dedication to curating a weeklong journey blending iconic Italian classics with contemporary gems, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of Abu Dhabi. This edition is all about celebrating the enduring influence of Italian cinema through our homage to Roberto Rosellini as well as storytelling that reflects on the origins of life in post-war Italy.”

Quick Details

- The Italian Film Week will run from 31 May to 6 June at Cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue.

- Tickets to The Italian Film Week are priced at Dhs 52.50 (excluding VAT). 

- Unlock special access to nine classic and contemporary Italian films with a season pass priced at Dhs 225 (excluding VAT). This pass offers an exclusive opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Italian culture, experiencing its beauty, diversity, and enduring cinematic allure first-hand.

- Tickets are now available for sale online, at Cinema Akil's website

- To view the full schedule click here

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