THE Embassy of Italy in the Philippines invites the public to the free screening of Italian movies as the Philippine Italian Association hosts the Italian Film Festival in the Philippines. The event, which seeks to promote contemporary Italian cinema to Filipino audiences and filmmakers, is a four-day screening event that features six films from Italian filmmakers. It runs from October 21 to 24, 2023 at Venice Grand Canal Mall, Cineplex Cinema 3. The festival presents an exceptional occasion to delve into the illustrious culture and narrative prowess of Italy as represented by its skilled filmmakers. His Excellency Ambassador Marco Clemente opens the event, last October 21, 2023, at Venice Grand Canal Mall, Cineplex Cinema 3 in Taguig City. According to His Excellency Ambassador Marco Clemente of the Embassy of Italy in the Philippines, this event aims to showcase modern Italian cinema to Filipinos, who are known as avid viewers of films. “Aside from the fact that Filipinos are known to be ‘lovers’ of films and other streaming content, the Italian Film Festival also aims to illustrate how Italian filmmakers produce films, which can be a good avenue for audiences and other aspiring Filipino filmmakers to continue thriving in this industry,” Clemente said. Amb. Clemente said that since the Philippines and Italy have “enduring” similarities in terms of cinema, this event not only strengthens the two nations’ cultural relationship but also builds more connection between the Italian and Filipino communities. “The Philippines and Italy have long been connected, and while there are similarities in our culture and way of life, this event will make our bond intact because our culture, beliefs, and experiences are on the same page,” he said. “We are hoping that more Filipinos will be inspired to move forward, live their realities, and confront the difficulties of life by expressing themselves more, and we hope that through this event, we will make that possible for the Filipino community,” he added. Day 4 (October 24) 1. 18:30 Diabolik Ginko all’attacco (2022) Diabolik nearly gets caught in Inspector Ginko’s latest trap, leaving his partner in crime, Eva Kant behind in the escape. Furious, Eva offers Ginko her help in capturing the King of Terror, but the former has to face the return of an old flame of his: Altea Duchess of Valleberg.