ICFF-Italian Contemporary Film Festival@Toronto(June 9th-19th,2016)

Images By A.J.Lam

The opening party for The 5th annual edition of The ICFF was held at The Roy Thompson Hall in the heart of downtown Toronto. A fine selection of contemporary Italian film was showcased to audiences in Ontario and Quebec. In Toronto, Vaughan, Hamilton and Niagara, the Festival takes place during the celebrations of Italian Heritage Month. This coincides with the opportunity to celebrate the culture, lifestyle and film appreciation. What is offered to film aficionados: seeing major films, hear from filmmakers and actors in person.

Quo Vado? starring Checco Zalone has broken all Italian box office records. The monumental movie took in 65 million Euro over a period of 3 months which was just shy of Avatar’s all-time record. A fun movie about a lucky person who in Italy is one of the lucky few who is a “posto fisso”, or guaranteed public servant. When a new reformist government vows to cut down on bureaucracy, Checco is forced to accept ever-worsening postings in order to maintain his guaranteed pay, benefits and lifetime employment. Eventually Checco must to choose between his secure life or follow his heart with a new found love-Valeria.
The Correspondence(La Corrispondenza), starring Jeremy Irons,
as the “Wizard” Professor Ed, and Olga Kurylenko, as “Kamikaze” Grad Student Amy, is a beautiful, but sad, love story for eternity that transcends the ages and technology, with astrophysics mixing with risk takers, set in academia and romantic Italian scenery.  The screening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox was preceded by the presentation of an Award for Lifetime Achievement to the legendary actress Claudia Cardinale, who also stayed for the closing party.

It’s a wrap up for another year in Toronto for the 5th annual ICFF . The ICFF went out in style with the closing party at the beautiful Ritz Carlton Hotel . The food, beverages and music were part of the Friday night as the invited guests were enjoying the party til the wee hours of the morning. We look forward to the 6th annual ICFF in June 2017.

We would like to thank Giorgio Mitolo-Media Relations Manager for the invitation to The ICFF 2016.

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