Benvenuto to the 6th edition of Cine Italiano! – Cinema Italian Style in Hong Kong, co-presented by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society, with Istituto Luce Cinecittà, the Italian Cultural Institute in Hong Kong and the Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong. Sicilian Ghost Story, which opened Critics’ Week of Cannes, serves as this year’s Opening Film. A beautiful mix of mythological tropes with the harsh reality, the film’s visionary direction gives a nod to Tim Burton and David Lynch. Perpetually elegiac is the all-time classic Life is Beautiful, the multi-award-winning tragicomedy now restored in full glory still capturing the hearts of many.

Captivating performances are best seen in Tenderness and Fortunata, which won the best actor and best actress awards respectively. Two promising directors give fresh voices in Italian cinema – Andrea De Sica’s Children of the Night and Roberto De Paolis’ Pure Hearts, both are fascinating dramas about the beauty and turmoil of untamed youth. Come explore the perilous adventure of a man in Ears, and of two gangs in The War of the Yokels, where you will experience the world’s absurdity.