22A Hai Ba Trung Street
2008 Italian Cultural Season
Italian Film Festival: Women in Cinema
a tribute to great Italian actresses of the past and present
La Ciociara (Two Women)
by Vittorio De Sica
starring Sofia Loren
From the press release:
The fourth movie of the Film Festival “Women in Cinema” will be screened on March 26th at 7 pm at Hanoi Cinematheque.
Directed by Vittorio De Sica in 1960, La ciociara tells the story of a mother, Cesira (interpreted by the worlwide famous actress Sofia Loren), and her devoutly religious teenage daughter Rosetta.
The story takes places during World War II. While allies were bombing Rome, Cesira and her daughter fled south to their native Ciociaria, a poor, mountainous region of Italy. Out there, Cesira attracts the attention of a young local intellectual with communist sympathies, Michele (Jean Paul Belmondo).
Adapted by De Sica himself with the collaboration of Cesare Zavattini from a novel written by Alberto Moravia, this movie portrays an intimate look of the anguish and destruction wrought by the war. If it’s true that the screen adaptation lacks the political anger of Moravia’s novel, the movie represents surely the Italian neorealism stream at its best.
The Film Festival Women in Cinema is included in the 2008 Italian Cultural Season which aims not only to pay a tribute to the complex world of women but also to provide an occasion for reflection and discussion, and finally to promote mutual understanding and contact.
In this context the Film Festival is conceived as a tribute to great Italian actresses of the past and present.
Every second Wednesday of the month, a selection of masterpieces of Italian cinema will be screened. The Film Festival is destined to become an essential stop on the cultural scene in Hanoi.
For further information please contact:
EMBASSY OF ITALY – Mr. Cesare Bieller (email@example.com or 04-8256256 ext 02) or
The entry is free. Italian with English subtitles and Vietnamese audio.
Please bring your ID Card with you if you need to borrow headset for Vietnamese audio.
HANOI CINEMATHEQUE, Hanoi’s unique ‘art-house cinema’, is a members-only film society. Memberships are available at the box office for only 100,000VND per year. Members recieve regular emails with detailed schedules and reviews of the films. Tickets to the films are by donation.
HANOI CINEMATHEQUE 22A Hai Ba Trung Street (at the end of the alley leading to Artist’s Hotel) RESERVATIONS: Tel: 936 2648 (14:00 – 20:00) or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 936 2649 CAFE CINEMATHEQUE opens from 17:00 weekdays and from 13:30 weekends.