Cine Italiano!: Experience Cinema the Italian Way

Why We Recommend it

This year’s Cine Italiano! features 7 contemporary films and 1 restored classic by some of Italy’s most talented filmmakers, including Berlinale Silver Bear winner for best screenplay among its titles.


Presented by Istituto Luce Cinecittà, the HKIFFS, the Italian Cultural Institute in Hong Kong, and the Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong, this 8th edition brings Italian classics and contemporary movies to Hong Kong.

This year opens with Piranhas, Silver Bear winner at Berlinale for best screenplay. A compelling crime drama centred around coming-of-age, Piranhas presents the loss of innocence and misguided ambitions of teenagers navigating the dangerous world of crime in Naples.

This year also sees the Academy’s Honorary Award conferred on Lina Wertmüller, the first female filmmaker nominated for Best Director. In tribute, Cine Italiano! will screen the restored The Seduction of Mimi, a satirical movie on the misadventures of a macho Sicilian labourer associated with the Mafia.

Other titles include Magical Nights, a bittersweet comedy about the glories of Italian Cinema; The Champion, a compelling story about friendship set in the world of professional football; Romulus & Remus: The First King, Capri-Revolution, Lucia’s Grace and The Vice of Hope.


English subtitles are provided for the Italian films.


When: 12 Sep 2019 - 22 Sep 2019 Where: Premiere Elements, Elements, West Kowloon – Austin Road West – West Kowloon