THIS year marks the 20th Italian Film Festival and to celebrate the milestone, organisers have expanded the event to two new venues, including Kirkcaldy’s Adam Smith Theatre.
For the last two decades, the film festival has brought the best of Italian cinema to Scottish venues and welcomed some of the most beloved and iconic figures in the Italian industry to present their films and discuss their careers with audiences.
And this year, the films are being brought to an even wider audience thanks to the expansion.
The 2013 festival highlights a diverse line-up of contemporary and classic Italian cinema, including comedies, dramas, thrillers and classics from award-winning directors and actors, many of whom such as Silvio Soldini, Paolo Virzi, Bernardo Bertolucci and Marco Tullio Giordana, who have had their work screened at previous festivals.
The Adam Smith will screen six films between April 19 and 29.
Richard Mowe, festival co-director, said: “The organisers, are delighted to introduce two new locations this year - Kirkcaldy and Belfast.
“The selection for the Adam Smith Theatre represents the best of contemporary cinema Italiano from Paolo Virzi’s delightful romantic comedy ‘Every Blessed Day’ and the smash-hit ‘Immature’, ‘The Trip’ by Paolo Genovese to Elisa Fuksas’ much admired debut feature ‘Nina’, ‘Pretty Butterflies’ hailed as one of the year’s most exciting productions and Daniele Cipri’s bittersweet comedy ‘The Son Did It’, a cross between ‘Shameless’ and grand opera.
“We feel sure that Fife audiences will appreciate this snapshot of contemporary Italian life and culture through its vibrant film industry.
“The festival applauds the initiative of the Adam Smith Theatre in broadening its horizons, especially given the strong Italian connections between Fife and Scotland and Italy which go back in time.”
The Italian Film Festival is curated by Allan Hunter and Richard Mowe and supported by the Italian Cultural Institute and the Consolato Generale d’Italia, among others.
Evan Henderson, programme manager for On at Fife, said: “To bring a quality range of Italian films to Kirkcaldy for our film audiences to enjoy is an exciting prospect.
‘‘And to do so with the prestigious Italian Film Festival makes it even more special for the organisation and the town.”