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Italian Film Festival in Bangkok Something Different to Netflix

12 Oct 2020

Legendary Italian film legends and the new edition of Pinocchio will be shown at a Bangkok film festival honoring the world of Italian cinema. 

The Italian Film Festival, hosted by the Italian Embassy, will take place at the House of Samyan from 16 to 25 October and will feature contemporary Italian films as well as those by the iconic producer Federico Fellini. 

The organizers said, "Maybe in tough times like these, when life ... appears to place a burden on us all, approaching the art of a filmmaker like Federico Fellini will propose a way to respond and go on thanks to the power of imagination and illusion." 

Fellini's '81⁄2' (1963) will be shown on Oct. 20 at 7:45pm, 'La Dolce Vita' (1960) on Oct. 21 at 7:45pm, 'Intervista' (1987) on Oct. 22 at 8:25pm, and 'Juliet of the Spirits' (1965) on Oct.

23 at 8:35pm. 


As one of the best films of all time, the avant-garde black-and-white "81⁄2" reveals the tale of a producer suffering from a creative block. 

"La Dolce Vita," which earned the Palme d'Or in 1960, speaks of a journalist drifting through Rome's economic boom, passion still out of his reach-it was called one of his top favorites by the late Roger Ebert. 


Added to the Fellini films is a talk on "81⁄2" on Oct. 21 at 5 pm, a presentation of the director's diary "The Book of Dreams" where he documented his dreams in sketches at 6 pm on Oct. 23, and a short film "Soi Tanakan" created by the Italian Embassy of Bangkok at 5:30 pm, Oct. 24, both of which are free, in homage to the director. From Oct. 16 through Nov. 9, an exhibition of lithographs and sketches by David Lynch and Fellini himself will also be on display. 

Seven contemporary Italian films will also be shown, including the formal Thai premiere of 'Pinocchio' (2020) by Matteo Garrone. After the festival, the film will be shown internationally at big theater chains. 


"Additional artistic selection parameters were chosen in the sense of the celebration of the centenary of the birth of Fellini: the selected films represent a fantasy and dreamy mood, characteristic of Fellini 's style," the organizers said. 

The contemporary film curriculum begins with "Ordinary Women," (2019) about a movie maker producing a film about a Romanian actress with epilepsy. In "The Visitor" (2019), Guido gets abandoned, couchsurfs on the sofas of assorted mates and attempts to find a fresh beginning. "Martin Eden" (2019) is an adaptation of the 1909 educational novel about a troubled writer by Jack London. "The Vanishing of My Mother" (2019) is a 1970s documentary created by her son, the model, actress, and progressive feminist Benedetta Barzini. 

A businessman in a thermal bath town wants to transform abandoned hotels and homes for wealthy elderly in "Domino Effect" (2019), and "Blue Men" (2019) is a brother and sister's surreal trip.

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