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N.I.C.E. New Italian Film festival


From December 6 to 8, in cooperation with the Italian Embassy in Latvia and N.I.C.E. New Italian Cinema festival, the New Italian Film festival will take place in Latvia for the first time, giving the audience the opportunity to watch six films by young Italian directors.

N.I.C.E. New Italian Cinema Festival was founded in 1991 on the initiative of cinema professionals. The aim of this festival is to promote new Italian cinema in the world by organizing festivals and international cultural exchanges. This is the main mission of this festival: to increase the circulation of the works of young directors, reflecting the impulses and trends of the new Italian cinema.


Festival visitors will have the opportunity to meet in person the director of the film "I Nostri Fantasmi" Alessandro Capitani, the director of the film "Santa Lucia" Marco Chiappetta, as well as the actor of the film "Gli Anni Belli" -Gianvincenzo Pugliese.


Festival program:


Tuesday, 6.12.
18:00 pm - "The Great Silence" (Il Silenzio Grande) by Alessandro Gassmann.
20:30 pm "Santa Lucia" (Santa Lucia) by Marco Chiappetta. After the screening Q&A with director Marco Chiappetta. 


Wednesday, 7.12. 
18:00 pm - "The Beautiful Years" (Gli Anni Belli) by Lorenzo D'Amico De Carvalho. After the screening Q&A with actor of the film - Gianvincenzo Pugliese. 
20:30 pm - "Girl Returned" (L'Arminuta) by Giuseooe Bonito.


Thursday, 8.12.
18:00 pm - "Our Ghosts" (I Notri Fantasmi) by Alessandro Capitani. After the screening Q&A with the director Alessandro Capitani. 
20:30 pm - "Blue Eyes" (Occhi Blu) by Michela Cescon. 


FREE ENTRANCE  (with 0.00 EUR tickets)



IL SILENZIO GRANDE (The Great Silence) by Alessandro Gassmann


Directed by: Alessandro Gassmann
Cast: Massimilano Gallo, Margherita Buy, Marina Gonfalone, Antonia Fotaras,
Emanuele Linfatti
Screenplay: Andrea Ozza, Maurizio de Giovanni, Alessandro Gassmann
Cinematography: Mike Stern Sterzynski
Editing: Marco Spoletini
Set design: Antonella Di Martino
Costumes design: Lavigna Bonsignore
Music: Pivio, Aldo De Scalzi
Producer: Arturo Paglia, Isabella Cocuzza, Alessandro Leone Produzione /
Production: Paco Cinematografica, Agresywna Banda, with the support Regione Lazio,
Rai Cinema
Distribution Italy: Vision Distribution [Italy]
World Sales: Vision Distribution
Country: Italy, Poland
Year: 2021
Film run: 106';


Villa Primic, once a luxurious home, now a creaky mansion straight out of a ghost story, has been put up for sale. A painful decision, taken by Mrs Primic, Rose, and reluctantly shared by the two heirs to the Primic's dilapidated fortune, Massimiliano and Adele. The only member of the family who is not at all happy with the decision is the head of the household, Valerio, who will thus discover that he has never really known his loved ones and, perhaps, not even himself, to the point of reaching the grudging awareness that living is not the same thing as being alive.


Alessandro Gassmann, actor, director and screenwriter, is one of the most beloved and acclaimed figures on the Italian film scene today. Esteemed by critics and audiences alike, he has received numerous awards and honours, including: the David di Donatello, the Silver Ribbon, the Globo d'Oro, and the Ciak d'Oro, for Best Actor. Gassmann is also an influential public figure who regularly speaks out on a number of social, political and environmental issues. After taking part in the Venice International Film Festival countless times, he returns to the Lido with his third film as a director, Il silenzio grande, based on the play of the same name written by Maurizio De Giovanni, which Gassmann also directed for the stage.


I NOSTRI FANTASMI (Our Ghosts) by Alessandro Capitani
Director: Alessandro Capitani 
Cast: Michele Riondino, Hadas Yaron, Alessandro Haber, Paolo PIerbon, Orlando Fort 
Screnplay : Alessandro Capitani, Francesca Scialanca, Giuditta Avossa 
Cinematography: Daniele Cipri 
Editing: Adriano Patruno 
Set design: Ludovica Ferrario 
Costumes design : Nicoletta Taranta 
Music: Michele Braga 
Producer: Riccardo Di Pasquale 
Production: Fenix Entertainment, Rai Cinema, with the support of Ministero della Cultura with the support of Film Torino Piemont
Distribution Italy: Eurpictures (Italy) Distribuzione estera / World Sales: Illimatic Film Group Pease / Country: Italy, Anno / Year: 2021 , Durata / Film run: 105'


SUDESTIVAL 2022 – giuria degli stydenti – miglior film in concorso 


For fear that the social workers will take his son away from him, a father decides to hide with his son in the attic and live like ghosts, terrorizing the families that come one after the other in the apartment below.


Alessandro Capitani (Orbetello, 1980) He made his debut in the world of cinema as an independent author. He graduated from the Experimental Center of Cinematography of Rome and in 2013, with the short film La legge di Jennifer, he won the Cinemaster at the Nastri d’Argento. In 2016 he was awarded the David di Donatello for best short film with Bellissima. Director and author of very successful TV programs. Traveling with Adele is his first feature film.


OCCHI BLU (Blue eyes) by Michela Cescon (First Feature)

Directed by: Michela Cescon
Cast: Valeria Golino, Jean Hugues Anglade, Ivano De Matteo, Ludovica Skofic, Teresa
Screenplay: Michela Cescon, Marco Lodoli, Heldrun Schleef,
Cinematography: Matteo Cocco
Editing: Sara Petracca
Costumes design: Eleonora Di Marco
Music: Andrea Farri,Motta
Producer: Carlo Degli Esposti, Nicola Serra; Carlo Cresto-Dina
Production / supported by Ministero della Cultura (MiC),
RAI Cinema, Tempesta, Palomar, Tu Vas Voi, Regione Lazio
Distribution Italy: I Wonder Pictures
World Sales: Rai Com
Country: Italy/ France
Year 2021
Film run 86' 
Drama –Thriller


The police is hunting a thief who manages to fade after every robbery. He robbed 33 times in three months. In order to solve this case, the commissioner of investigation seeks the help of a colleague from over the Alps, called “The French”, who is famous for solving many complex cases but since his daughter’s death at 13 he hasn’t managed to find the man who killed her.


Michela Cescon (Treviso, 1971) She studied at Teatro Stabile in Turin and debuted in cinema in 1994. In 2004 she plays the role of Sonia in the film Primo amore by Matteo Garrone. As actress she has done more than twenty films, among which Vincere by Marco Bellocchio (2009), Piazza Fontana, The Italian Conspiracy by Marco Tullio Giordana,
(2012), Viva la libertà by Roberto Andò (2013), Piuma by Roan Johnson (2016), Nome di donna by Marco Tullio Giordana (2018), Loro by Paolo Sorrentino (2018). In 2021 Michela Cescon directs her first feature film, Occhi Blu.


L’ARMINUTA (Girl Returned) by Giuseppe Bonito

Directed by: Giuseppe Bonito                                                                                                                                             Cast: Sofia Fiore, Carlotta De Leonardis, Vanessa Scalera, Fabrizio Ferracane, Elena Lietti, Andrea Fuorto
Screenplay: Monica Zapelli, Donatella Di Pietrantonio, from her novel with the same title 
Cinematography:  Alfredo Betrò
Editing: Roberto Missiroli
set design: Marcello Di Carlo
Costumes design: Fiorenza Cipollone
Music: Giuliano Taviani, Carmelo Travia
Producer: Roberto Sbarigia, Maurizio Tedesco, Manuel Tedesco, Javier Krause
Production: Maro Film, Baires Produzioni , Kafilms, Rai Cinema con il contributo/with the support of Regione Lazio 
Distribution Italy: Lucky Red 
World Sales: True Colours- Glorious Films 
Country: Italy/Switzerland , 
Year 2021 
Film run 110'


Roma Film festival 2021 : official Selection – Prize BNL- Gruppo BNP Paribas


August, 1975. A thirteen years-old girl is returned to the family she didn’t know she belonged to. Suddenly she loses everything from her previous life: a comfortable house, an exclusive love being the only-child, and she finds herself in a stranger world lightly touched by progress, and being obliged to share the space of a little and dark home with other five brothers. 


Giuseppe Bonito, (Polla 1974) after having worked for a long time as co-director, debuted in 2012 with the movie Pulce non c’è, jury’s special award at Festival di Roma - Alice nella Città. Bonito has been candidate to Nastri D’Argento as best debuting film director. 
In 2020 he has directed the movie Figli - written by Mattia Torre - with the actors Valerio Mastandrea and Paola Cortellesi, Nastro d’Argento as best comedy and Nastro D’Argento for the best interpretation to Valerio Mastandrea and Paola Cortellesi. L’Arminuta is his third film.


GLI ANNI BELLI by Lorenzo d' Amico de Carvalho( First Feature) 

Directed by: Lorenzo D'Amico de Carvalho 
Cast: Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Romana Maggiora Vergano, Ninni Bruschetta , Stefano Viali, Gianvincenzo Pugliese, Riccardo Sinibaldi, Beniamino Marcone, Riccardo Maria Menera, 
Bebo Storti , PaolaLavini, Lorenzo Attadia, Giorgia Spinelli, Ana Padrao, Francesca Ziggiotti Grabriele Stella, Alexia Turchi 
Screenplay: Lorenzo D'Amico Carvalho, Anna-Riitta Ciccone 
Cinematography: Osama Abou Ekhai
Editing: Lorenzo D'Amico Carvalho
Set Design: Maria Rita Cassano
Design: Andrea Sorrentino 
Music: Nuno Malo 
Producer: Isabel Chaves, Miroslav Mogorovic, Silvia D'Amico Bendicò, Osvaldo Menegaz, Lorenzo D'Amico de Carvalho, 
Production: Bendico, Rai Cinema, Hora Magica, Art &Popcorn,con il supported Regione Lazio, Europe Creative, Fondazione Calabria Film Commission, Sicilia Film Commission 
World Sales: Bendico 
Country: Italy/ Portogallo/ Serbia 
Year 2021,  
Film Runn 100'


It’s the summer of 1994. A new government recently came to power: Elena is seventeen years old, she loves Nirvana and she can’t wait to see the government fall. On the horizon the usual camping holiday with her parents is looming, but this one is going to be different from all the other ones, heartbreak healed with huge ice cream, bonfires on the beach, revelations and waterspouts.  


Lorenzo d'Amico De Carvalho (Rome, 1981) His job ranges from screenwriting (I’mendless like the space, International Art Exhibition of Venice - Venice Days 2017), documentary ((Terra da Fraternidade; Sulle tracce del mito; L’Aquila: la cultura rinascente) and shorts ( (Pausa Pranzo, Premio Centenario CGIL Cinema e Lavoro, Selezione ufficiale 4 FilmFestival Nouvelle Vague, Premio DAMS Festival del Cinema di Roma,Selezione ufficiale Milano Film Festival). He also works as a theater director (Un posto luminoso chiamato giorno, 53° Festival dei Due Mondi, Spoleto; Partita spagnola, Quartieri dell’Arte, Viterbo). Gli anni belli marks the debut as regards fiction film for Lorenzo d'Amico De Carvalho, who has a past as an assistant director of important authors and as a co-director of few documentaries..


SANTA LUCIA by Marco Chiappetta ( First Feature) 

Directed by: Marco Chiappetta     
Cast: Renato Carpentieri, Andrea Renzi, Biancamaria D'Amato, Antonia Marrone, Edoardo Sorgente, Alfredo Ciruzzi, Giuseppe Festinese, Manuel Carolla, Suami Puglia 
Cinematography: Antonio Grambone
Editing: Giogiò Franchini
Set Design: Lino Fiorito
Producer: Angelo Curti, Maurizio Fiume
Production: Teatri Uniti, Riverstudio, con il sostegno del /supported by  Ministero della Cultura, and Regione Campania
Distribution Italy: Double Line [Italy]
World Sales: Illmatic Film Group [Italy]
Country: Italy, 
Year 2021,  
Film Runn 76’


After living in Argentina for 40 years, Roberto, an author who has gone blind, returns to Naples when his mother dies. With his brother Lorenzo, a musician manqué, he takes a trip through his memories in the city of his childhood, which he can no longer see but only perceive through his remaining senses, his memories, and his imagination, in search of the tragic reason behind his departure.


Marco Chiappetta was born on August 21, 1991 in Naples, Campania, Italy.  Marco is a director and writer, known for Santa Lucia (2021), Canto di Natale (2010) and L'étranger (2015).


Films will be shown in Italian with simultaneous translation into Latvian.


Films are screened with the support of the Italian Embassy in Latvia and N.I.C.E.  Italian Film festival support.

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