This year, for its already 42nd edition, the Villerupt Italian Film Festival will start on 25 October and last until 11 November 2019. The opening ceremony will take place at the Villerupt Town Hall with the presence of the 2019 Jury President, the very talented Agnès Jaoui.
During this new edition, more than 70 films will be screened in 7 cinemas over 330 screenings. On the theme of Basilicata, a region in southern Italy, the festival will focus on this region with a retrospective of films shot in this magnificent setting with its landscapes burned by the sun and its small villages clinging to the mountains. A tribute will also be paid to Mario Monicelli (1915-2010), Italian screenwriter and director
With more than 40,000 spectators of all ages and nationalities, this festival offers a unique opportunity to discover films that are generally not shown in traditional Luxembourg cinemas. Today, more than 60 high-quality Italian films are screened, often presented by authors and actors.
Created by a small group of young people passionate about Italian films, the first edition of the Villerupt Italian Film Festival took place in 1976. It should be noted that the Villerupt region in Lorraine (France) has in the past welcomed many Italian migrants, who settled there to work in the mining sector.
For this first edition, hosted in the Maison des Jeunes et de la Culture for its grand premiere, the festival presented about twenty Italian films in their original version with French subtitles for five days. But following the Italian crisis in the film sector and organisational constraints, the festival was stopped in 1983. It was only in 1998 that it became topical again. Today, it is one of the must-attend events for film enthusiasts.
110 volunteers are now involved in the organization and smooth running of this event. Book your pass now or register as a volunteer.
For any further information, do not hesitate to visit the Festival de Villerupt website.
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