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Jewish International Film Festival - Two Italian movies



Jewish International Film Festival - Two Italian movies

The well-established collaboration between the Italian Cultural Institute of Melbourne and the Classic Cinemas chain, inaugurated last year with the retrospective dedicated to Federico Fellini, is renewed in 2021 with the involvement of the Institute in the presentation of two Italian films within the Jewish International Film Festival presented at the Classic Cinemas in Esternwick: Un cielo stellato sopra il ghetto di Roma (A Starry Sky Above the Roman Ghetto), a 2020 film directed by Giulio Base and Non odiare (Thou Shalt Not Hate), another 2020 production, directed by Mauro Mancini.

cielo stellato posterUn cielo stellato sopra il ghetto di Roma (A Starry Sky Above the Roman Ghetto) tells the story of the Shoah, one of the incurable scars in the history of humanity, but it does so in a very original manner, through adventure and the search for truth by a group of young boys. The film is the story of Sofia and of a group of Christian and Jewish children (Bianca Panconi, Emma Matilda Liò, Daniele Rampello, Irene Vetere, Francesco Rodrigo, Marco Todisco, Domenico Fortunato, Aurora Cancian, Lucia Zotti and Alessandra Celi), where the past is intertwined with the present. The discovery of a letter and a mysterious photo of a little girl will lead Sofia and her young friends to search for the truth.

non odiare posterIn Non odiare (Thou Shalt Not Hate), surgeon Simone Segre (Alessandro Gassmann) one night stops to give first aid to a man involved in a car accident. Although the driver is seriously injured, Simone struggles to assist him when he sees a swastika tattooed on the man's chest. The surgeon is in fact of Jewish origin, and his father was deported during the Second World War.

Thanks to the involvement of the Italian Cultural Institute, the two movies will be introduced by Dr Andrea Pagani ((Centre of Language and Society, Monash University) who will present A Starry Sky Above the Roman Ghetto on 23 February at 6.50 pm and Thou Shalt Not Hate on 1 March at 6.40 pm.


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  • IIC members will enjoy tickets to these two movies at concession rate.


Date: Da Tuesday, February 23, 2021 a Monday, March 01, 2021

Organized by : Classic Cinemas - JIFF

In collaboration with : IIC Melbourne

Entrance : With fee


Classic Cinemas, 9 Gordon St, Elsternwick