Raindance Pic(k)s: Festival Programmers’ Film Suggestions for Lockdown – Italian Films
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If you're a movie buff, it's easy to fill in all those long, long hours that the coronavirus suddenly gave us all (always look on the good side of life, right?). Watch a couple of movies; and then watch something. What may not be that easy is navigating through all of the content that is now available online. Trying to find something worth seeing.

Let us help. Those who have been to the Raindance Film Festival already know our expert curatorial decisions when it comes to the best independent films. Now, with our personal list of indie and art house gems, we want to help you choose your next great movie to watch at home. These are films that impressed us, the programmers of Raindance. Every two weeks there will be a new list with a new film category, genre, or theme to guide you through the next few weeks.

If you liked or disliked our suggestions and would like to discuss the selection or receive other suggestions on topics that are important to you, simply send us an email:

Malaika Bova & Martyna Szmytkowska

Being Italian, Martyna and I thought it would be good to curate a list of our favorite films from my country as a tribute to his talents. It is sad to see how many good foreign films are not being shown in theaters in Great Britain. There is an abundance of diversity that is being lost. We love Italian films and we believe that in addition to the great masters of the past, there is a new wave of young talent who is rightly conquering the world: in addition to the renowned multi-award-winning Sorrentino, Guadagnino and Garrone, there is a number of talented films. Makers with a lot to say are Saverio Costanzo, Alice Rorwacher, Susanna Nicchiarelli, Laura Bispuri, the D & # 39; Innocenzo brothers, to name just a few. However, these are not distributed very often.

Malaika's recommendations

La Ciociara – Two women

Dir. Vittorio DeSica, 1960

This movie breaks my heart every time I see it. The story of a woman and her daughter braving each other through the tragedy of war is so important. It truly leaves you speechless. It's Italian neorealism at its best. Sophia Loren won a cascade of awards, including the Oscar for best actress.

Available on Amazon

Happy like Lazzaro

Dir. Alice Rohrwacher, 2018

Alice Rohrwacher is young and a woman. She is one of those fresh Italian filmmakers who is increasingly welcome around the world. It is poetic, unusual, metaphorical, slow, intense. Your movie may be a difficult watch, but a rewarding experience. Her constant search for meaning beyond the obvious makes her one of the most interesting filmmakers in contemporary Italian cinema.

Available on Netflix

Martyna's recommendations

I'm not afraid

You, Gabriele Salvatores, 2003

Unfortunately, my favorite Italian movie never seems to be available for streaming, but I have to mention it. It is nirvana by Gabriele Salvatores. But since it's not online, I'll go for another Salvatores film as I'm a huge admirer of all of his work. I'm not afraid is very scary, despite what the title claims. It's not a scary horror. It's a terrifying human cruelty. This kidnapping drama is definitely going to stir up a lot of emotions, but luckily, not all are negative.

Available on Amazon

The good, the bad, and the ugly

Dir. Sergio Leone, 1966

I love spaghetti westerns, and this one is an obvious classic. The newly defined genre flourished in Italy and Sergio Leone undoubtedly directed the best. The good, the bad, and the ugly is very entertaining and funny … unlike many classic westerns. It also digs deep into human morality: good and bad. With outstanding cinematography and world-famous music by Ennio Morricone, this epic film is a must-see for anyone interested in cinema.

Available on Amazon

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About Martyna Szmytkowska & Malaika Bova

Raindance's lead programmer and program manager, Martyna, has been involved in curating the Raindance Film Festival lineup since 2013. In her previous life before Raindance she was a talent agent in one of the leading Polish talent agencies. She has an MA in film history and theory.

Malaika has been a programmer and program manager for Raindance since 2017. She previously worked as a TV producer for ABC News, BBC and Fremantle Media and programmed the Italian Film Festival in London for five years.

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