Vancouver International Film Festival to launch new Focus on Italy series at 2018 edition

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      The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) has traditionally highlighted French cinema with its Spotlight on France series, not to mention long presenting Asian cinema in its Dragons and Tigers series (within the Gateway stream) 

      This year, a new series will foreground cinema from one of the world's most historically influential film industries.

      VIFF's news Focus on Italy, to be launched at the 2018 edition of the festival, will be presented by the Consulate General of Italy.

      The lineup promises Laura Bispuri's Daughter of Mine, about a girl torn between the mother who raised her and her biological mother, and Marco Tullio Giordana's Nome di Donna, about a woman who seeks justice after being sexually harassed by her manager.

      Daughter of Mine

      There's also Alice Rohrwacher's tale Happy as Lazzaro, about a friendship between a peasant and a nobleman, and Marco and Antonio Manetti's Mafia musical Love and Bullets.

      Also in the mix is the North American premiere of Valeria Golino's family drama Euforia, about a gay businessman who hides his brother's cancer diagnosis.

      Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza's dark fantasy-psychodrama Sicilian Ghost Story is loosely based upon a true story of a boy kidnapped by the Mafia. In this genre-bending version, a 12-year-old girl goes in search of her missing male classmate.

      More special presentations and documentaries to be a part of a Focus on Italy will also be announced in the weeks to come.

      The Vancouver International Film Festival will be held from September 27 to October 12.  

      Happy as Lazzaro