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Italian movies to watch

Contemporary Italian cinema is very different from cinema half a century ago. But even in it you can find interesting dramas, melodramas and comedies that will please the viewer. CineWest offers a list of Italian films that have been filmed over the past 15 years and have attracted the attention of film enthusiasts and film critics.

Life is beautiful, 1997
Italian movies? life is beautiful 1997

La vita è bella
Director: Roberto Benigni
Cast: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Justino Durano, Sergio Bini Bustrik, Marisa Paredes, Horst Buchholz, Juliana Lodzodice and others.

Guido and his young son are Jews, for which they were sent to a concentration camp during the Second World War. An Italian wife followed them voluntarily. To protect his son, his father tells him that all this is just a big game, in which one who won’t catch the eye of the overseers will win.

“Life is beautiful” Roberto Benigni became a real sensation in 1997 and was generously showered with the largest international film awards in various categories.

Not from this world, 1999
Italian films, not of this world, 1999

Fuori dal mondo
Director: Giuseppe Piccioni
Cast: Margherita Bui, Silvio Orlando, Carolina Freschi, Maria Cristina Minerva, Sonia Rzesne, Alessandro Di Natalie, Riccardo De Torrebrun, Stefano Abbati and others.

While waiting for a lifetime vow and departure to Latin America, Katerina finds a baby in the park. She starts looking for his mother and meets Ernesto, who may be his father. They begin to communicate and understand that they may not have lived their life as they should.

In 1999, the film received 5 David di Donatello awards, including Best Film, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay.

Bread and Tulips, 2000
Italian films, bread and tulips, 2000

Pane e tulipani
Italy, Switzerland
Director: Silvio Soldini
Cast: Licia Malletta, Bruno Ganz, Giuseppe Battiston, Antonio Catania, Marina Massironi, Felice Andreazi, Vitalba Andrea, Tatiana Lepore and others.

A melodrama about the joy and love found in Venice by housewife Rosalba.

The film was presented at several awards of the European Film Academy 2000: Best Film, Best Actor (Bruno Gantz), Best Writer (Dorian Leondeff, Silvio Soldini).

Malena, 2000
Italian Films, Malena, 2001

Italy, USA
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Cast: Monica Bellucci, Giuseppe Sulfaro, Luciano Federico, Matilda Piana
Pietro Notariani, Gaetano Aronica, Gilberto Idonea, Angelo Pellegrino, Gabriella Di Luzio and others.

The film, which became the hallmark of Monica Bellucci, is a tape about the unlimited human envy and cruelty that the beauty of one earthly woman can provoke.

Malena was nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe, Golden Bear Berlinale, British Academy Prizes and several prizes from the European Film Academy.

Son’s Room, 2001
Italian Films, Son’s Room, 2001

La stanza del figlio
Italy, France
Director: Nanny Moretti
Cast: Nanni Moretti, Laura Morante, Jazmin Trinka, Giuseppe Sanfelice, Sofia Villar, Renato Scarpa, Roberto Nobile, Paolo De Vita, etc.

The piercing family drama of Nanni Moretti about the loss of a son and brother and a new life without him.
The film received the Golden Palm Branch and the FIPRESCI Cannes Film Festival Prize, was presented at Cesar and was nominated for 5 awards of the European Film Academy.

The Last Kiss, 2001
Italian films, the last kiss, 2001

L’ultimo bacio
Director: Gabriele Muccino
Cast: Stefano Accorsi, Giovanna Mezzogorno, Stefania Sandrelli, Marco Kocchi, Pierfranco Favino, Sabrina Impacciator, Regina Orioli, Giorgio Pasotti, etc.

“The Last Kiss” is a story about torment of love, about feelings that have passed, which are born and which need to be preserved. Carlo has a beloved woman and a bunch of friends who are not sure that he, the last bachelor, needs to marry. His bride is expecting a baby and, in addition to the problems with the indecisive Carlo, who starts an affair on the side, she observes the painful rupture of her parents.

The film was awarded 5 David di Donatello awards and an Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

A Journey Called Love, 2002
Italian films, a journey called love, 2002

Un viaggio chiamato amore
Director: Michele Placido
Cast: Laura Morante, Stefano Accorsi, Alessandro Aber, Galatea Ranzi, Diego Ribon, Katie Louise Saunders, Dario Bandera, Consuelo Chatti, etc.

Single mother Nora leaves the parental home due to pressure and reproaches from her father. She leaves her little son and begins a new life in Florence. Years of life among the intellectual Italian bohemia change it. She enters into correspondence with the young poet Dino, whom everyone extols. Finally, she decides to meet him …

For his work in this film, Stefano Accorsi was awarded the Volpi Cup of the Venice Film Festival.

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