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The Italian Film Festival arrives in Bangkok next week and serves up some vintage spaghetti westerns along with modern movies and selected Thai offerings



This year's Italian Film Festival is offering cinephiles a little more dolce vita than previous editions with the addition of selected Thai films to its eclectic menu. The annual event, part of the larger Italian festival, takes place at the SF World Cinema at CentralWorld from Tuesday to July 7

"It's not just a one sided festival," says Italian ambassador Michelangelo Pipan.

It kicks off on Tuesday night with an invitation only screening of Giuliano Montaldo's "L'Industriale" ("The Entrepreneur"), the story of a Turin factory owner facing bankruptcy and a marriage that's breaking down. The film's leading actress Carolina Crescentini will be at the opening ceremony along with four Italian directors who have been invited to take part in the project "Bangkok 24/7: Italian Eyes - Italian Cinema", which sees each director taking six hours of the 24-hour period to shoot their impressions of Bangkok.

"New York City is not the only sleepless city in the world. The filmmakers will show us the real Bangkok through this film," says director Ekachai Uekrongtham who is in charge of the project. The film will be shown at Moviemov in Rome in September.

Guests at the opening will also enjoy an Italian gourmet spread served in street food style.

For the closing film, the organiser has chosen acclaimed director Dario Argento's "Dracula 3D". This version of the famous horror film depicts the young librarian Jonathan Harker who is bitten by Dracula at the Castle. Dracula prepares to lure Harker's wife to the castle, as she is the reincarnation of his long-lost love.

In between, 15 selected fifteen Italian films will showcase the country's cinematic reputation. Seven films fall into the classic category and pay tribute to the late director Sergio Leone who established the "Spaghetti Cowboy" genre in the 1960s and sent Clint Eastwood to stardom. They include "A Fistful of Dollars", "For a Few Dollars More" and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" as well as "A Fistful of Dynamite" , "The Colossus of Rhodes" and "Once Upon a Time in America" starring Robert De Niro.

The other eight films are brand new and include two political dramas based on true stories. "Diaz: Don't Clean Up This Blood" is the first portrayal of the horrific assault by police on activists attending the Genoa G8 summit in 2001 while "Piazza Fontana" is set in 1969 after the bomb explosion at the Piazza Fontana in Milan, which caused the death of 17.

"Un Giorno Questo Dolore Ti Sara Utile" ("Someday This pain will be useful to you") is a comedy set in New York and tells the story of a vulnerable teenager with a deep perception of the world and no idea how to live in it. "Posti In Piedi In Paradiso" ("A Flat for Three") tells the story of three divorced men sharing an apartment and the problems each of them face with their ex-wives and children. Lo sono li" ("Shun Li and The Poet") portrays a relationship between two people who comes from different cultures while "Magnifica Presnza" ("Magnificent Present") is the story of a man who moves to stay in an apartment where he comes to realise that he is not living alone.

The five Thai movies selected for the festival include Tanwarin Sukkhapisit's transsexual omnibus "Mai Dai Khor Hai Ma Rak" ("It Gets Better"), Tongpong Chantarangkul's "Padang Besar" ("I carried you home"), Anocha Suwichakornpong's"Jao Nok Krajok" ("Mundane History"), Rirkrit Tiravanija's "Lung Neaw Pai Yiam Phuan Baan" ("Lung Neaw visits his neighbours") and "Sin Mesa Fon Tok Ma Proy Proy" ("In April the following year there was a fire") by Wichanon Somumjarn.



BIG PICTURES

The Italian Film festival is open to the public from Wednesday to July 7 at SF World Cinema, CentralWorld. Admission is free. All films are in digital and film medium format. They will be shown in their original soundtrack with English and Thai subtitles. Thai movies have English subtitles. Tickets will be available at the festival booth 30 minutes before the screening. Visit www.SFCinemaCity.com.

What's showing when

Tuesday, July 3: Invitation only,

8pm "L'Industriale" ("The Entrepreneur")

Wednesday, July 4

4pm "Per un Pugno di Dollari" ("A Fistful of Dollars")

6pm "Per Qualche Dollaro in Piu" ("For a Few Dollars More")

8pm "Magnifica Presenza" ("Magnificent Presence")

9pm "Diaz: Don't Clean Up this Blood"

Thursday, July 5

4pm "Jao Nok Krajok" ("Mundane History")

6pm "C'era una Volta il West" ("Once Upon A Time in the West")

6.30pm "Sin Mesa Fon Tok Ma Proy Proy" ("In April the following year there was a fire")

8pm "Romanzo di una strage" ("Piazza Fontana: The Italian Conspiracy")

9pm "Posti in Piedi in Paradiso" ("A Flat for Three")

Friday, July 6

4pm "Il Colosso di Rodi" ("The Colossus of Rhodes")

4.30pm "Mai Dai Khor Hai Ma Rak" ("It Gets Better")

6.30pm "Lung Neaw Pai Yiam Phuan Baan" ("Lung Neaw visits his neighbours")

6.30pm "Padang Besar" ("I carried you home")

9pm "Io Sono Li" ("Shun Li and the Poet")

Saturday, July 7

12:30pm "Il Buono, il Brutto e il Cattivo" ("The Good, the Bad and the Ugly")

4pm "Giu la testa"("A Fistful of Dynamite")

4pm "C'era una Volta in America" ("Once upon a time in America")

7pm "Un Giorno Questo Dolore ti Sar


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