For the first time the best contemporary Italian films have a permanent silver screen in Town: once a month, Londoners will watch new films – with English subtitles – recently released in Italy and not yet on DVD for the British audience. Never miss an Italian film again: the aim of “CinemaItaliaUK”, by Clara Caleo Green in collaboration with the Sicilian journalist Francesca Marchese, is to source inner gems and create a regular appointment for Italy-addicted film lovers in London and in the UK.
“CinemaItaliaUK” offers a great opportunity to discover compelling stories and young artists and to better understand what’s going on in Italy through the world of cinema. This includes current events, comedies, docu-fictions and documentaries – although it is very mindful of the masterpieces by De Sica, Antonioni, Pasolini, Visconti, Fellini and all other recent filmmakers.
Clara Galeo Green – Artistic Director of CinemaItaliaUK
Her involvement with Italian cinema goes back a long time, though she started working actively in the industry in 1996 when she became both Associate Director and Sponsorship Director of the Italian Film Festival UK – primarily a Scottish-based festival that she brought to London in May 1997.
During her time working with the Italian Film Festival UK, she brought on board some of Italy’s most prestigious companies. Thanks to her Fiat, Eni, Alitalia, Peroni, Aprilia and others joined a pool of outstanding sponsors, non-Italian companies too such as Caffe’Nero and Rivercafe. In 2010, Clara and colleagues created Italian Cinema London, a new version of the Italian show in London. Together they worked on film industry projects in conjunction with Bafta and MEDIA UK.
In October 2014 Clara started CinemaItaliaUK Ltd, a company whose aim is to show Italian films not distributed in the UK, on a monthly basis. The venue is Genesis Cinema in Mile End Road.
Francesca is a Sicilian journalist and content web editor based in London.
As a freelancer, she has been published by The Guardian and, as a correspondent, by Huffington Post Italia, Gambero Rosso, Resto Al Sud, LiveSicilia.
As social media manager, she works on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumblr. She worked as a press officer with Italian Cinema London on Italiandocsonline and on the UK Premiere of “The Mafia Kills Only In The Summer” by Pif.
In Italy she worked for ten years for press agencies, online newspapers, radio stations and TV channels in Sicily. For three years she covered Taormina Film Festival. She was the finalist in the journalism award “Ilaria Alpi”, Youth section, with the video reportage “Emanuele: her Faculty”.