There’s a trend in Italian cinema that has become quite clear: internationalism. Its stories grow more international with each year passing, both in genres and themes, and Italian filmmakers are more and more appreciated abroad.
Just one example: Luca Guadagnino. The Sicilian director guides his fellow ‘international-Italian’ filmmakers at the VFF. His Bones and All is a sentimental horror filmed in deep America starring Timothée Chalamet. An intimist movie on part of Andrea Pallaoro: his Monica is set in the American Midwest and tells the story of a formerly estranged daughter who, twenty years after her last contact, travels back to her hometown to visit her ailing mother. Much awaited for is The Hanging Sun by Francesco Carrozzini, at his debut in fiction film. His picture is a thriller drama shot in Norway. The protagonist in John (Alessandro Borghi); he betrays, and later flees from, his boss (Peter Mullan) who is also his father. For as many Italians looking abroad, there are foreigners looking at Italy: at Venice Days, Abel Ferrara will present his portrait of Padre Pio (Shia LaBeouf) and Mark Cousins his document film Marcia su Roma, starring Alba Rohrwacher.