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Written by Sheila Seacroft   
16 02 2015

ImageCinema made in Italy returns to Ciné Lumière in South Kensington for its 5th season this spring, courtesy of the Istituto Luce in Rome and the Italian Cultural Institute, bringing a tasty selection of new Italian films to Britain. Subjects of its 10 films, chosen by Italian Film critic Maurizio di Rienzo and Adrian Wootton head of Film London, range from World War I, dark and light comedies, thrillers, the intricacies of family life, identity, and solitude.

It kicks off on March 5th with a new film from distinguished director Ermanno Olmi (Il posto, The Tree of Wooden Clogs). Torneranno i prati (Greenery will Bloom Again) fresh from a gala screening the Berlin Film Festival, is a sombre look at the human cost of the fighting on Italy's mountainous north-eastern frontier in 1917, a period that saw more than half the Italian casualties of the entire war. The evening continues with 9x10 Novanta. Last year was the 90th anniversary of the Istituto Luce, and to celebrate this nine young film makers were invited to each make a 10-minute film using archive material from its vast collection.

Another film destined to attract a sell-out crowd is Good for Nothing (Buoni a nulla), the third film directed and starring Gianni di Gregorio, whose previous comedies (Gianni and the Women and Pranzo di Ferragosto), very popular over here, are beautiful little portrayals of Roman life. Here Gianni plays a mild mannered civil servant approaching retirement in that city. In contrast film maker and satirical broadcaster Pierfrancesco Diliberto (aka Pif)'s offering is a more hard-hitting comedy that won the Best Comedy Prize in the European Film Awards last year. The Mafia Only Kills in Summer (La Mafia uccide solo nell'estate) uses archive footage and dark humour to give a bitterly comic view of Mafia activity.

Strong thriller The Ice Forest (La foresta di ghiaccio) is set in a northern mountain village where an outsider begins to unearth the dark secrets of the apparently quiet remote region. Another side of rural life is to the fore in Quiet Bliss, where the women of a small family firm find new life in the country when their business fails and they are forced to find a different kind of existence. Family dynamics are also key in Perfidia, with the death of a mother putting the unsatisfactory relationship between a father and son under the microscope, while toxic relations between father and son in Darker than Midnight (Più buio che mezzanotte), based on a true story, bring questions of sexual identity and alternative lifestyles.

The season ends with an upbeat look at young people and the future they imagine for themselves with So Far So Good (Fino a qui tutto bene) as we observe five students coming to the end of their studies and about to embark on adult life. And final film, The Lack, which received a special screening at Venice, is an austere and beautiful investigation of solitude and self discovery, by the video-art duo Massazza and Bedogno, collectively known as Masbedo.

All films will be followed by a Q&A with actor and/or directors.

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