Catch Italian Movies For Free at This Venice-Inspired Film Festival Next Week
ILLUSTRATOR ANTON REYES
As acclaimed musician-turned-actor Harry Styles put it during the 2022 Venice International Film Festival, "My favorite part about the movie is that it feels like a movie, a real go-to-the-theater film, movie. The reason you go to watch something on the big screen." While audiences still have yet to decipher what he meant by that, an undeniable aspect of his statement is that there are indeed certain films you head out to the cinema for—some of them may just be rolling out with free admission at the end of September.
That's right, you can channel your inner Harry Styles and experience your own Venice Film Festival without having to travel—and watch for free—through the Italian Film Festival Manila coming to Venice Grand Canal Cineplex in Bonifacio Global City from Thursday, September 29 to Sunday, October 2. The cineplex will be screening seven Italian films over the four days, with tickets being given away on a first-come, first-served basis. We've got you covered with the screening schedules below, so now there's no reason to miss out.
Here are the screening schedules of the movies being shown at the Italian Film Festival 2022:
Brought to the Philippines by the Philippine Italian Association, the Embassy of Italy in Manila, and the Film Development Council of the Philippines, this is the first-ever Italian Film Festival to roll out in Manila. As such, they're bringing along a few heartfelt and authentic Italian stories to give a glimpse of what their independent film scene is about.
Opening the festival with a VIP screening at 7:30 p.m. on September 29 is America Latina by the D'Innocenzo Brothers. Originally played in competition for the Golden Lion award in the 2021 Venice Film Festival, the thriller centers on a seemingly normal husband and father until one day, he discovers that there is a girl tied up and gagged in his house cellar.
Following opening night, we have the dysfunctional family comedy Il Silenzio Grande ("The Great Silence) at 5:30 p.m. on September 30 and the unlikely partnership comedic film Una Notte Da Dottore ("Doctor on Call") at 8:00 p.m.
The remaining two days of the festival come with more dramatic films, with the self-discovery movie A Chiara at 5:30 p.m. on October 1, the guilt and trauma story entitled 3/19 at 8:00 p.m., and the family separation drama L'arminuta ("The Return") at 2:30 p.m. on October 2. However, the film to close off the festival is a rom-com entitled Lasciarsi un giorno a Roma ("Breaking Up in Rome"), which screens at 5:30 p.m. on October 2. Rome wasn't built in a day, but a relationship can surely end in one. You get the picture.
All screenings will be held at the Venice Cineplex, which is located on the third floor of the Venice Grand Canal, along McKinley Hill in BGC. Simply line up at the ticket booth to claim your free tickets for any of the films, if there are still seats available.
For more information, check out the Philippine Italian Association's Facebook page.