Italian Film Festival in Singapore: Hollywood at the Colosseum, in the Lion City

Singapore’s scene is flourishing and there are many events organized throughout the year. But we know cinema has a special place in the heart of Singapore. The success of the Italian Festival, at the 15th edition, is a testament to the strong interest of the local public in the variety contemporary cinema has to offer.

“Italian cinema is successful because it’s about stories, people, their problems and joys, which we wanted to share, because they are at the same unique and similar to many other”, said Raffaele Langella, Ambassador of Italy in Singapore, a few days ago at La Brezza Restaurant (St Regis), during a conviviale of Accademia Italiana della Cucina.

“Our objective, this year, is to give a panoramic view of all the best Italian cinema has had to offer in these very last years, providing audience with a sense of its richness and variety”, added Debora Amariglio Langella, Ambassador’s wife, who personally took a great care of the event.

The 2018 Italian Film Festival in Singapore will showcase the finest of Italian contemporary cinema, where most films which have competed in top film festivals such as Cannes and Berlin.

Taking place from 31st May to 9th June, expect six new films to be screened at Golden Village Plaza, alongside a retrospective of auteur Luca Guadagnino’s Desire Trilogy at The Projector, including smash critical and commercial hit LGBT film Call Me By Your Name (2017), alongside earlier films I Am Love (2009) and A Bigger Splash (2015), both of which feature acclaimed actress Tilda Swinton.

The films featured at Golden Village Plaza are namely Italian Race (Veloce come il vento) (2016) directed by Matteo Roveo, Naples in Veils (Napoli velata) (2017) directed by Ferzan Ozpetek, The Place (2017) directed by Paolo Genovese, Like Crazy (La pazza gioia) (2016) directed by Paolo Virzi, Holding Hands (La tenerezza) (2017) directed by Gianni Amelio and animated film Cinderella The Cat (Gatta cenerentola) (2017) directed by Ivan Cappiello, Dario Sansone, Marino Guarnieri and Alessandro Rak.

In addition, there will be a talk by Italian composer Massimo Nunzi on 4th June at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University, to promote Italian film production abroad. Register by emailing This June, celebrate the pleasures of Italian cinema with the 2018 Italian Film Festival!

The 2018 Italian Film Festival takes place from 31st May to 9th June at Golden Village Plaza and The Projector. Tickets to the screenings at Golden Village Plaza are available at all GV box offices, via iGV app, digital Box Office machines, AXS Stations and online at Tickets for the screening at The Projector are available online at: For the full lineup of films and detailed schedule, read their booklet here

(Valentina Righi - BOOP.NEWS)

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