The 9th edition of the Italian-Serbian Film Festival (Sept. 22-26), conceived and directed by Hon. Gabriella Carlucci, kicked off today in Belgrade, with the presentation press conference hosted at the Italian Embassy.
The annual film festival, which promotes contemporary works of Italian and Serbian cinema and offers an opportunity for meeting and exchange between professionals and operators in the field, is organized by the cultural association Excellence International in cooperation with the Italian Embassy in Belgrade, the Italian Cultural Institute in Belgrade, Cineteca Jugoslavia, ILBE Studios, the Serbian Ministry of Culture and Enit – Ente Nazionale del Turismo Italiano and under the patronage of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Istituto Luce Cinecittà.
The press conference was also attended by the President and Founder of “We do it together,” Chiara Tilesi, the Head of the Marketing and Communication Office of ILBE Studios, Andjelka Jankovic, actor Andrea Bosca, the male lead in the film “Romanzo Radicale,” and the Director of Poste Serbia, Zoran Djordjevic. Also present will be Serbian stylist and fashion designer, Igor Todorovic, who will hold a fashion show at the Embassy during the event in collaboration with Italian designers Nino Lettieri and Francesca Bracalenti.
In his opening remarks, the Italian Ambassador to Serbia, Luca Gori, recalled that “The Italian Serbian Film Festival, which opens its eighth edition today, is a well-established reality that, together with other initiatives carried out by the Farnesina such as the “Fare Cinema” review, contributes to promoting Italian cinematography in Serbia.” “Italy boasts a creative industry of excellence,” Gori added, “which events like this help promote abroad as well, creating business ties and contributing to the strengthening of bilateral economic relations between Italy and Serbia.
“Also this year the Festival brings to Serbia some of the most important Italian film productions alongside the best Serbian works. “An intense calendar that will open this evening with the premiere in Serbia of ‘Tell it like a Woman,’ by Silvia Carobbio and Catherine Hardwicke (Iervolino & Lady Bacardi Entertainment), a screening dedicated to the value of women,” said Festival Artistic Director Hon. Gabriella Carlucci. Each evening there will be a tasting of typical Italian products, which will be attended by various international chefs, including, Alessandro Miceli, Ivan Mitelli, Alessio Liberatori, and sommelier Tushar Borah.