Cinema Italia a Malta 2022

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Cinema Italia a Malta 2022

13 May 2022 - 15 May 2022

After the past years’ success, the cinema event Cinema Italia a Malta is back! The festival proposes films which have not yet been presented in Malta and which are among the most interesting of these last two years, a demonstration of the Italian cinema’s vitality and uniqueness. 

Cinema Italia a Malta is an initiative of the Italian Cultural Institute in Valletta, organised together with Spazju Kreattiv, and in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts, M.A. in film studies of the University of Malta and under the patronage of the Italian Embassy.

America Latina

Date and time: Friday, 13th May, 2022, 8:30pm
Language: Italian with English subtitles
Duration: 1hr 30min
Cert: 15

America Latina,  directed by Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo, is set in Latina, the Lazio province known for its reclaimed marshes, humid heat and the disused nuclear power plant that stands near Borgo Sabotino. The film tells the story of Massimo Sisti (Elio Germano), a wealthy self- employed dentist; a man with an affable character, meek and very professional. Massimo has everything he has always wanted: a large villa to live in complete tranquility and a loving family, formed by his wife Alessandra and his daughters Laura and Ilenia, who surround him every day with affection. The three women in his life are everything to him, they represent his complete happiness and a reward, given by life, for his honesty and his existence aimed at sacrifice and work.

But Massimo’s tranquility is about to be swept away on a spring day by something unexpected and sudden: when the man goes down to the cellar – as he does every day – he certainly does not imagine that something totally absurd is about to happen to him.


Date and time: Saturday,14th  May, 2022, 6pm
Language: Italian with English subtitles
Duration: 1hr 45min
Cert: 15

Futura, the documentary film directed by Pietro Marcello, Francesco Munzi and Alice Rohrwacher, is a collective work created by the three directors who, through a trip around Italy, have collected the testimonies of young adolescents between 15- 20 years of age, with the intent to tell their expectations, their dreams, their difficulties and their prospects for the future. The film, through the eyes of young people, represents a reflection on our country and on the time we are living in.

Freaks Out

Date and time: Saturday, 14th May, 2022, 8:30pm
Language: Italian with English subtitles
Duration: 2hr 21min
Cert: 15

Freaks out, a film directed by Gabriele Mainetti, is the story of four friends – so connected that they are almost like brothers. The film is set in Rome, in 1943, right in the middle of the Second World War with scenes of bombings between the Nazis and the Allies.

The four friends work in a circus, run by Israel (Giorgio Tirabassi), who is a sort of father figure for them rather than a boss. When the latter tries to find an escape route that takes them away from the conflict, he mysteriously disappears, leaving the four alone and without any perspective. Matilde, Cencio, Fulvio and Mario suddenly find themselves without what they had before, a circus that was synonymous with family and safety.

Maschile Singolare plus Q&A with screenwriter Giuseppe Paternò Raddusa.

Date and time: Sunday 15th May, 2022, 5.30pm
Language: Italian with English subtitles
Duration: 1hr 41min
Cert: 15

Antonio has been married for 12 years (“which in gay years are 84”) with Lorenzo, his first love. But Lorenzo has a relationship with another man and decides to end the union with Antonio, the latter also finds himself unemployed and homeless. He therefore decides to share the rent with Denis, an extravagant and creative type who listens to Verdi, Rossini and Puccini at full volume and accompanies himself almost every night with a different man. Antonio also tries to forget Lorenzo by attending dating sites, but his nature is not as superficial. His talent in the kitchen will lead him first to find a job in a bakery run by Luca, then to attend a course in haute patisserie.

The main quality of the film is to immerse ourselves in a universe on which there is no shadow of judgment, opening the doors to an Italian homosexual community.

Qui rido io

Date and time: Sunday 15th May, 2022, 8.30pm
Language: Italian with English subtitles
Duration: 2hr 13min
Cert: 12A

Eduardo Scarpetta, popular and widely known comedian, lives for the theater and to support his children. Between a sfogliatella and an escapade, Scarpetta creates the modern Neapolitan theater and an extended family, a magnificent intertwining of energies and talent that grows on the stage and increases in the adultery experiences. In his youth he married Rosa De Filippo, whose illegitimate son, Domenico, he recognizes, and with whom he conceives Vincenzo and Maria. He secretly has an affair with Anna, Rosa’s half-sister, with whom he has already had two children. But it is Luisa, Rosa’s niece, for whom he has the biggest interest and from which affair Titina, Eduardo and Peppino are born. Showman who knows no limits and creativity, he writes “The son of Iorio” to make fun of D’Annunzio (“The daughter of Iorio”), but the poet does not appreciate and sues him. On the court scene he will have to contend with judges and detractors.


Ticket Information

Cinema Club Members
€6 / Istituto Italiano di Cultura Members - Euro 6
Concession tickets include students, senior citizens and Special ID Holders (SID).

Venue Information

Spazju Kreattiv Cinema

St James Cavalier, Castille Place
Valletta, Malta

Additional Information

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