This year the 21st edition of the Italian Film Focus takes place online from 25 to 30 March, 2021. This platform will cover South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

A selection of high quality film spans a variety of genres and themes. The program includes 11 films of the last season presented at the most prestigious festivals, and a film event to celebrate three-time Oscar winner Federico Fellini on the centenary of his birth with JULIET OF THE SPIRITS (Giulietta degli Spiriti).

The festival will open on Thursday 25 March at 6pm with the award-winning film HIDDEN AWAY (Volevo Nascondermi) by Giorgio Diritti, whose protagonist Elio Germano won the award for best actor at the Berlin 2021 festival. It is the story of a great Italian self-taught painter, Ligabue, continuously balancing between genius and madness. The director will present the film with a live introduction and participate in the Q&A. The program includes live interactions with a director every day.

On Friday, 26 March at 6pm director Mauro Mancini will present the film THOU SHALT NOT HATE (Non Odiare) with acclaimed actor and director Alessandro Gassmann. This is a story that delves deeply into the “black” soul of Italy and of the characters, where punishment, vengeance and redaction, victims and murderers are being confused.

On Saturday 27 March director Guido Lombardi will introduce STOLEN DAYS (Ladro di Giorni). It is an on the road film about a drug delivery.

KIDZ (I Figli) are also, sometimes involuntarily, the leading protagonists of the homonymous first feature film, shot with the precise skills of  diector Giuseppe Bonito, who will present the film on Sunday, 28 March. The couple’s amusing ordeal in the face of the physical and emotional “impertinence” of their children is masterfully scripted by the skilled pen of regret of Mattia Torre.

IN HAMMAMET features Pierfrancesco Favino, winner of the Volpi Cup in Venice 2020, who gives substance to the story of a rigorous director Gianni Amelio.

The plot of MRS MARX is marked by the great story, seen through the female gaze of the director and the protagonist with an impeccable staging.

In ROMANTIC GUIDE TO LOST PLACES (Guida romantica a posti perduti) a journey becomes a condition of confrontation in an  intimate story. The two splendid actors are Jasmine Trinca and Clive Owen.

Unpredictable challenges accompany the story of EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT (Cosa sara) by acclaimed screenwriter Francesco Bruni. It is a film where autobiography meets fiction, with Kim Rossi Stuart who knows how to convey fear and courage of those who see the world fall upon them.

Women in love, or those who would like to be in love, shake the calm waters of an Italian seaside town in ACE OF HEARTS (Burraco fatale), a comedy with a first-rate female cast starring Claudia Gerini.

The most hilarious trio of intelligent Italian comedy could not be forgotten –  Aldo, Giovanni and Giacomo engage in Massimo Venier’s film I HATE SUMMER (Odio l’Estate).

The film selection also includes the work, or rather a montage of versatile director Gabriele Salvatores – Oscar winner 1992 with MEDITERRANEO, and IT WAS SPRING OUTSIDE (Fuori era primavera) – a great demonstration of the Italians’ love for their country.

The festival is promoted by Controluce and the Italian institutions The Italian Institute of Culture in Pretoria, the Embassy of Italy in South Africa, the Consulate of Italy in Johannesburg, the Consulate of Cape Town, the Embassy of Italy in Zambia, the Embassy of Italy in Zimbabwe. The organizers have decided to meet the challenge in spite of the risks, but aware of the possibilities of this new type of cultural enjoyment

What: Italian Film Focus 2021
When: 25 – 30 March 2021
Book: First 1000 tickets are free at $3.50.  Choose the country from which you connect to be directed to the appropriate geo-localized room. The package includes access to all 12 films for 5 days
Live events with take place with the directors every day at 6pm
Contact:, 082 260 0153 to get in touch with Controluce