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POSTPONED – LIFFE – Little Italian Film Festival

***We regret to inform you that all screenings of the LIFFE – Little Italian Festival have been cancelled, in compliance with the latest measures put in place by the Department of Health to contain the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Ticket holders will be refunded shortly through Eventbrite***

 Five captivating contemporary films by acclaimed Italian directors, presented and screened over three days in the beautiful Lighthouse Cinema, one of Dublin’s most vibrant cultural spaces in the heart of Smithfield: this is the LIFFE – Little Italian Film Festival, a brand new cinema event presented by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in collaboration with RAI Cinema, Trinity College Dublin and the Irish Italian Chamber of Commerce.

All films will be screened in the original Italian version with English subtitles. Conversations with guest film directors and actors will take place before and after the screenings.

Tickets for the screenings are available on at a special price of €5 per film.


Thursday 19th March

6.30pm: Il grande spirito (Sergio Rubini, 2019)
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During a robbery on the outskirts of Taranto, one of three accomplices, Tonino a.k.a. Barboncino (poodle), takes advantage of his colleagues’ distraction and runs away with all the goods. He runs from roof to roof until he reaches the highest rooftop and takes refuge in an old water tank where he finds Renato, an eccentric man who calls himself Cervo Nero (black stag) and claims he belongs to a Sioux tribe. Tonino, who is forced to remain there, realizes his only alternative is to team up with this peculiar character who acts “like a Native American” and who, perhaps because he sees the world from another perspective, might be able to give him the key to solving the absurd situation he finds himself in and even change his entire existence.

Friday 20th March

6.30pm: Il bene mio (Pippo Mezzapesa, 2018)
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The last remaining inhabitant of Provvidenza, a village destroyed by an earthquake, Elia refuses to go along with the rest of the community, which has resettled in Nuova Provvidenza and put the past behind them. To Elia, his town is still alive, and thanks to the help of an old friend, Gesualdo, he strains to keep its memory alive as well. When the mayor orders him to abandon Provvidenza, Elia seems to be on the point of pulling up stakes, when he suddenly senses a strange presence: a young woman, Noor, is hiding in the rubble of the school, where Elia’s wife had lost her life. Noor is on the run and this unexpected encounter, coupled with Elia’s own desire as keeper of the flame for Provvidenza, brings him up against a decision from which there is no going back.

8.45pm: Sembra mio figlio (Costanza Quatriglio, 2018)
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Ismail is a man who has lived in Europe with his brother, Hassan, since they were children. The two escaped the persecution carried out by the Taliban in Afghanistan during the first years of the new millennium. Their mother, who never stopped waiting for news of her children, does not recognize him. After several uneasy phone calls, Ismail will meet with the fate of his family, dealing with the pointlessness of war, the history of his people, the Hazara, and the oldest form of love – that of a mother for her child.

Saturday 21st March

6.30pm: Momenti di trascurabile felicità (Daniele Lucchetti, 2019)
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Paul is granted, after his death, to return to earth for an hour and thirty-two minutes thanks to a calculation error made in an office in Heaven. Ninety-two minutes of final balance. Will he have time to deal with the important things in his life, or will just “moments of negligible happiness” come back to him?

8.45pm: Vivere (Francesca Archibugi, 2019)
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The Attorre family live in a terraced house in a Roman suburb. Luca, a freelance journalist and packager of coloured items, barely makes a living in the newspapers, while Susi, a dancer, teaches classes to overweight ladies and Lucilla, their six-year-old daughter, is quiet and imaginative but suffers from asthma. In a magnificent and incomprehensible Rome, multi-layered, maternal yet unkind, Mary Ann, an Irish art history student, touches down to start a new job as an au pair to the little Lucilla. Her year in Italy with the Attorre family will be full of legitimate and illicit ties, friendship and love.

  • Organized by: IIC
  • In collaboration with: Trinity College, Lighthouse Cinema, RaiCinema, Iri