Italian films to be shown in Hanoi

Special screenings of Luchino Visconti's masterpiece II Gattopardo (The Leopard) and other films will be held at Hanoi Cinematheque in honour of the 150th anniversary of the Italian unification.

Visconti's Il Gattopardo is based on Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's novel of the same name and takes place in Sicily in 1860, during the deterioration and unification of the Italian city-states.

Released in 1963, the movie won a Golden Palm during the International Film festival in Cannes and was nominated for an Oscar.

The cast boasts some of the most important actors of that time, including Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale.

The movie is still considered one of the most important and famous Italian films ever produced, said Damiano Francovigh, Deputy Head of Mission from the Italian Embassy in Hanoi.

Another film shown at Cinematheque will be The Second Wedding Night from director Pupi Avati, set during the first years of World War II. The film follows a single family in order to describe the dire situation of the Italian population.

The last movie, Miss F, tells a story of star-crossed lovers from different social backgrounds. It captures Italy during the late 70s and early 80s, at a challenging turning point in its history.

Screenings of the three films will be held on August 19 and 26 and September 1, beginning at 8pm with free entrance. Vietnamese translation via headphones will be available. (Source: VOV)

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