The 74th Berlin International Film Festival has come into full swing. After the opening by Oppenheimer film star Cillian Murphy with his latest film Things Like These by Tim Mielants, the screenings and events in the German capital are rolling in.

Last night the Italian Embassy in Berlin hosted a reception celebrating Italian cinema. Speakers included Claudia Roth, Minister of State for Culture and Media in Germany; Lucia Borgonzoni, Undersecretary to the Ministry of Culture; Carlo Chatrian, artistic director of the Berlinale; Chiara Sbarigia, president of Cinecittà; and Juergen Boos, director of the Frankfurter Buchmesse. In the year of Italy as Country in Focus at the European Film Market, there were many guests present, from representatives of institutions to the world of Italian cinema.

The Italian Ambassador to Berlin, Armando Varricchio, stressed during the evening how Italy represents an ideal film set, thanks to its natural beauty and artistic-cultural heritage, but also to the professionalism of artisans and skilled workers in many fields.

Cinema in all its forms at the center of a festival that is fundamental to the industry. This year, the Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement will also be awarded to Martin Scorsese, and there will be a tribute to German director and screenwriter Edgar Reitz with the Berlinale Camera.

Among the Italian films in this edition, we find Another End by Piero Messina and Gloria! by Margherita Vicario in competition, which will compete with the other 18 films competing for the Golden Bear.

But that’s not all: Italy is also present in the Generation section with Quell’estate con Irène by Carlo Sironi, while in the Forum section we find Il cassetto segreto by Costanza Quatriglio. In addition, among the TV series, special attention to Dostoevsky, conceived, written and directed by brothers Fabio and Damiano D’Innocenzo for Sky Original, who are returning to the Festival after their debut with La terra dell’abbastanza, presented in the Panorama section of the Festival in 2018, and Favolacce, in competition in 2020, which earned them the Silver Bear for Screenplay. And again, to conclude, Supersex targato Netflix starring Alessandro Borghi and loosely based on the life of Rocco Siffredi.

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