Pub­lic screen­ing of Italo

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

‘Italia Film Fes­ti­val’ will be cel­e­brat­ing its thir­teenth an­niver­sary in Malta this year. The Depart­ment of Ital­ian within the Fac­ulty of Arts of the Univer­sity of Malta, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with ‘Cin­ema Nuovo Ital­iano’ of Ra­gusa, is proud to an­nounce the screen­ing of Italo (2015) by film­maker Alessia Scarso.

Italo is the de­but fea­ture film of an all-fe­male team com­pris­ing film­maker Alessia Scorso, writer Co­ralla Cic­col­ini, ed­i­tor Is­abella Aguilar and pro­ducer Roberta Trovato.

Italo will be screened for the first time in Malta on Satur­day 10 De­cem­ber at 6:30pm at the Au­di­to­rium, Old Univer­sity Build­ing, St Paul’s Street, Val­letta. The film is English sub­ti­tled.

Italio will be in­tro­duced by Alessia Scarso. A dis­cus­sion will fol­low the screen­ing.

Based on a true story, the film re­counts the story of ‘Italo’, an in­cred­i­ble stray dog whose ex­tra­or­di­nary ac­tions earn him the hon­orary cit­i­zen­ship of Sci­cli in the prov­ince of Ra­gusa. The stray dog be­comes the sym­bol of a whole com­mu­nity after show­ing up one day and win­ning the af­fec­tion of the peo­ple of Sci­cli. Al­though a com­edy, the movie touches upon im­por­tant themes such as friend­ship, prej­u­dice and un­con­di­tional love, set within a Si­cily that is rich in colours and tra­di­tion.

Set in Scili in 2009, the film con­cen­trates on a stray dog Italo; fol­low­ing a ban pre­vent­ing strays from be­ing al­lowed to roam around the town, the golden retriever chal­lenges bound­aries and starts fre­quent­ing the quaint streets while strik­ing a friend­ship with a ten-year-old-boy who is none other than the mayor’s son. The lo­cal com­mu­nity soon warms up to their furry friend who they name Italo and the dog starts to take part in all lo­cal ac­tiv­i­ties such as tak­ing tourists round town and even help­ing out with Mass. The dog does not only play with the chil­dren but also acts as a match­maker and helps adults fall in love; he helps Meno’s fa­ther, a wid­ower, fall in love with the lo­cal teacher.

Re­fresh­ments will be served after the screen­ing. This will give the pub­lic the op­por­tu­nity to meet with Alessia Scarso over a glass of wine.

The gen­eral pub­lic is cor­dially in­vited to the screen­ing. En­trance is free. Reser­va­tion is not manda­tory but seat­ing is lim­ited, so if you would like to re­serve a seat, please con­tact Yan­ica Cas­sar on 2340 2309 or send an email to

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