As part of its 2016 festival line-up the Niagara Integrated Film Festival (NIFF) is delighted to announce the presentation of a co-produced ‘Spotlight on Italy’ program, in partnership with the Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF). This program will highlight the best feature and short content from this year’s ICFF, carefully curated with NIFF’s Niagara audience in mind, and was made possible by the collaborative efforts of Cristiano de Florentiis, Creative Director ICFF, Bill Marshall, Founder and Creative Director NIFF, and Tony Watts, Program Director NIFF.
This joint program will open with the North American Premiere of the Italian box-office record-breaking Quo Vado? to be followed by a Q&A with the film’s lead actor and co-writer, the multi-talented, Checco Zalone. Also being showcased as part of the ‘Spotlight on Italy’ program are the International Premiere of La Stoffa dei Sogni (The Stuff of Dreams), a modern-day retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and a standalone Italian short film presentation. The program’s centrepiece is an outdoor screening of the Sarah Jessica Parker comedy, All Roads Lead to Rome, to be held at Trius Winery on the evening of June 18th in the Niagara Region, and features co-stars Claudia Cardinale and Raoul Bova as special guests.
Miss Cardinale burst onto the English language film scene with her unforgettable role in Blake Edwards' The Pink Panther (1963) with Peter Sellers. Then Oscar-winner Richard Brook's The Professionals (1966) with Burt Lancaster and many more classics including Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo (1981) with Klaus Klimski. She shows no signs of slowing down with three films this year, adding to her total of more than one hundred movies.
"We're truly delighted to welcome Claudia Cardinale, the icon of classic Italian cinema" said Bill Marshall, founder of the Niagara Integrated Film Festival. “We’re excited to have forged a new partnership with the Italian Contemporary Film Festival, and can’t wait to share their films with a Niagara audience."
Claudia Cardinale - once famously described by David Niven, Britain's archetypal gentleman-actor and her co-star in The Pink Panther, as being "After Spaghetti, Italy's happiest invention”- will grace the screening of All Roads Lead To Rome in Niagara-on-the-Lake this June.
Well known for her alluring roles in some of the most iconic cinema of 60's and 70's, Cardinale has appeared in Rocco and His Brothers (1960), Girl With A Suitcase (1961), classics like Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard (1963), Federico Fellini’s seminal 8½ (1963), and Sergio Leone's epic Once Upon a Time in the West (1968). In 2011 the UK paper the Independent published an article listing Italy’s top 15 cultural exports, and gave the number one spot to Ms Cardinale; "Equally ravishing when tousled (The Professionals), or tightly coiffed (The Leopard, 1963), playing bosomy peasant girl (Cartouche), or leggy trapeze artiste (The Magnificent Showman), she glowed, pouted, teased and always looked indefinably, sparkily on-for-it. Her kohl-drenched eyes flashed. Her smile dazzled."
All Roads Lead To Rome also features popular American actress Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City, Smart People), and Roman heart-throb Raoul Bova, who delighted North American audiences in Under the Tuscan Sun. Set in Tuscany and New York City, this charming romantic comedy relates the story of American college teacher Maggie, who tries to strengthen the bond with her daughter Summer by whisking her off to Tuscany where she spent the summers of her youth. Maggie reconnects with her former lover Luca, whilst Summer, pining for her bad-boyfriend back in the States, teams up with Luca's 80-year-old mother to help her plan a wedding - in Rome, naturally - despite her son's objections.
Niagara Integrated Film Festival (NIFF) runs June 10th to 19th, 2016 and pairs new movies with the world-famous Niagara wine region, whose wineries serve as the unique outdoor settings for screenings. Vineyards act as the backdrop for the big screens where NIFF's selections will be projected through the warm night air. In addition to the retro-vibe of the Seneca Queen Theatre in Niagara Falls, NIFF will bring its first-run, international line-up to screen at the brand new state-of-the-art FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St Catharines.
For 2016, NIFF is also excited to announce that once again it will be offering a truly groundbreaking series of discussions for Industry Day, made possible through the generosity of Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC). Under the banner of Striding Forward - Structuring the new Road Map, Industry Day with Walrus Talks will take place at The Stone Mill Inn - Johnny Roccos, St Catharines, Ontario on Friday, June 17, 2016 starting at 9:30am and ending the day with a networking reception where attendees can connect with NIFF's special guest speakers and meet fellow industry professionals. Stay tuned for announcements about this exciting opportunity to get close and personal with a line-up of internationally respected members of the film, television and digital media industry. One aspect of the planning for this exciting day reflects ICFF's equally exciting program at SIRT, located at Pinewood Studios, with a complementary session on Virtual Reality.
NIFF 2016 would like to extend its heartfelt gratitude to all the generous sponsors and partners who have lent their support to make this year's festival possible (in alphabetical order): Bell Media, The Chamber of Commerce Niagara Falls, Cineplex Media, City of St. Catharines, Cogeco TV, Deloitte LLP, Destination Niagara Falls, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, Fourgrounds Media Inc., Handmade Market, High Impact Public Relations, Hong Kong Economic Trade Office (HKETO), Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF), Johnny Rocco’s, Meridian Reservations Systems. Niagara Falls Tourism (NFT), Niagara Jazz Festival, Niagara Region, Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), Pandor Productions, Peller Estates Winery, Performance BMW, Post Media, Ralota Technologies Inc., RBC Royal Bank of Canada, Rev Publishing, Seneca Queen Theatre, Snap’d Niagara Falls, The Stone Mill Inn, Trius Winery and Wilsondale Assets Management Inc.