March 12th, 2014, Moscow. The Italian Embassy in Russia with support of the Italian Cultural Institute in Moscow, the Direzione of the International Venice Film Festival and the art-group CoolConnections hosted a press-conference on the V Festival of Italian cinema “Da Venezia a Mosca”. Banca Intesa is the General sponsor of the Festival.
The press-conference was attended by the Ambassador of Italy to Russia Cesare Maria Ragaglini, Director on organizational issues of the International Venice Film Festival Luigi Cuciniello, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Moscow Adriano Del Asta, and the “Bertolucci on Bertolucci” film director Walter Fasano. Banca Intesa was presented by the Chairman of the Board of Directors Antonio Fallico.
“Da Venezia a Mosca” is being held during the Italy-Russia Year of Tourism, and is kind of a journey from the North to the South of Italy through different well-known and obscure places. Since the Soviet times the Italian cinema has been building up a bridge in the Russia-Italy dialogue and this cooperation continues now. The Festival presents in Russia best Italian films, and the Russian audience has a deep cultural background to understand it. Among all European countries Italy is Russia’s closest partner. Our mutual objective is to develop the joint film production and to raise the number of Italian movies shown in Russia and Russian movies shown in Italy. The Festival contributes to its implementation”, the Ambassador of Italy to Russia Cesare Maria Ragaglini said.
“Comprehensive cinema provides for building up solid relations which are so vital for our countries. Good movies not only fill us with emotions but bring people to contemplate. This is our obligation to support such events and we strive to continue doing so. The Intesa Sanpaolo Group history has its roots in Venice. We are linked to this city, we love it and we are proud of it. We think that Venice embodies the undividable connection between Italy and Russia”, the chairman of the Board of Directors of Banca Intesa Antonio Fallico said.
“La prima neve” (The First Snow) by Andrea Segre opened the Film Festival on March 11, 2014 in the “Illusion” cinema. The Festival will show best Italian pictures from the official program of the Venice Film Festival which celebrated its 70-es anniversary last year. The anniversary program represents not only the biennale winners such as “Sacro GRA” by Gianfranco Rosi which received the Golden Lion, but also other movies from the main contest and side sections. These movies will guaranteed provide an exciting cinema journey through Italy from Rome to Milan and from Gorizia to Sicily.
All movies are in original language with Russian subtitles.
High resolution film shots are available on www.coolconnections.ru