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The Hidden Child
(Il Bambino Nascosto)

Italian Film Festival 2022

See any two films in our Italian Film Festival selection for £10 – simply log in, book your seats and the discount will be applied at checkout!

This screening will include an introduction from Italian Film Festival programmer Dr. Pasquale Iannone

With its story of a cultured professor forced out of reclusion after providing refuge for a wayward youth, The Hidden Child recalls Luchino Visconti’s 1974 drama Conversation Piece. Like that film, Roberto Andò’s adaptation of his own novel takes place mostly in interiors.

"...a cultured professor forced out of reclusion after providing refuge for a wayward youth."

Set in Naples, it sees piano teacher Gabriele (Silvio Orlando) take in Ciro (Giuseppe Pirozzi), a street-wise 10 year old who’s on the run after he was involved in an incident which hospitalised the mother of a local mob boss.

Scotland’s annual celebration of the best in Italian cinema returns with an exciting, wide-ranging selection from the past twelve months. Featuring work from both established auteurs such as Marco Bellocchio and Wilma Labate as well as emerging directors such as Michela Cescon and Silvia Brunelli, this year’s programme blends a variety of genres, styles and registers and, as ever, spans the length and breadth of the peninsula. Most of the titles are UK or Scottish premieres, including our opening film, Michelangelo Frammartino’s Il BucoThe retrospective screenings include a tribute to the late Italian film icon Monica Vitti and a centenary celebration of the great political filmmaker Francesco Rosi.

The Italian Film Festival is programmed by Dr Pasquale Iannone - who will introduce selected screenings – and is supported by Creative Scotland and the Italian Institute of Culture.