Cinecittà 3rd Italian Doc Season

20 July 2024 to 21 July 2024 Bertha DocHouse

Black and white logo for Italian Doc Fest. Features an old car with a camera mounted on top. Text reads: ITALIAN DOC FEST and ITALIAN DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL. The car has ISTITUTO NAZIONALE LUCE written on its side.

A weekend of the best Italian documentaries for a two-day celebration of Italian film.

This year is the 100th anniversary of Istituto Luce, one of the most important cultural and historical institutions in Italy, whose film and photographic heritage, an immense archival heritage among the richest on the continent, is today preserved and curated by Cinecittà.

The 3rd bi-annual CINECITTÀ ITALIAN DOC SEASON comprises three important and acclaimed documentaries that look to the future whilst retaining echoes of the past. One is a compelling investigative documentary, one is an intimate and very personal self-exploration, one honours the value of storytelling and remembrance though archive. These three films will screen at London’s Bertha DocHouse 20 - 21 July. 

The 2024 summer edition of CINECITTÀ ITALIAN DOC SEASON comprises:
UK Premiere: FOOD FOR PROFIT (dir: Pablo D’Ambrosi, Giulia Innocenzi, Italy)
This feature documentary denounces how intensive farms mistreat animals, pollute the environment and pose a potential danger for future pandemics. Taking a cinematic approach for an investigative documentary, the filmmakers take us on an enlightening but shocking journey, where they confront farmers, corporations and politicians, exposing the truth behind the perceived excellence of the dairy and meat that’s produced and consumed across the continent – a compelling narrative that spotlights the abuse of animals and the environmental risks that can occur when the priority is profit.  
UK Premiere: FRAGMENTS OF A LIFE LOVED (dir: Chloé Barreau, Italy)
Filmmaker Chloé Barreau exhaustively documented her love affairs since the age of 16, as she lived between Paris and Rome. In this documentary, she retraces her personal history and reconstructs her love life through interviews with 12 of her exes, ranging from one-night stands to longer-lasting relationships with both men and women, discovering the disparate points of view between her archival recordings and her interviewees’ memories. Nominated for Best International Documentary at Hot Docs and the Queer Lion at the Venice Film Festival, it’s a fascinating testament to what it is to love and be loved.
UK Premiere: THE SECRET DRAWER (dir: Costanza Quatriglio, Italy/Switzerland)
In 2010, award-winning filmmaker Costanza Quatriglio began chronicling her aging father, a noted Sicilian journalist, author and globetrotter. In 2022, following his death, and after having chosen to donate his vast collection of books and archival materials to the central Library of Sicily, she begins a sentimental journey in the house where she was born and raised. Through photographs, 8mm film and audio recordings from the 1940s onwards, along with footage the director shot of her father 12 years prior, both a collective and personal memory come together – each remembrance tied not only to a life lived, but to a history of the 20th century.

Further Information:  Italian Doc Season (