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Jamaica celebrates Italian cinema: "Fortunata" by Castellitto opens the EU Film Festival in Kingston (14-20 May).



Jamaica celebrates Italian cinema:

Kingston (Jamaica), May 15, 2018.

The EU Film Festival in Jamaica, organized also through the contribution of the Italian Embassy and the Italian Institute of Culture in Washington, opened yesterday with the screening of "Fortunata" a movie by Sergio Castellitto. The Festival, which takes place in the European month of culture and around Europe Day, aims to acquaint the Jamaican public with European history, art and culture through cinema. The 2018 edition will feature the screening of 10 movies from 14 to 20 May in different locations of the island in order to reach different communities.

The Festival started a few days after the launch of the first edition of “Fare cinema" a concerted programme, which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) has launched to promote Italian quality film production abroad, with the support of the Italian consular and diplomatic network and the Italian Cultural Institutes. It is an ambitious project that, with the cooperation of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (MIBACT), is based on a multiannual strategy involving the private and public sectors in the film industry, in particular ANICA and the Istituto Luce-Cinecittà.

The decision to open the European film festival in Jamaica with the movie by Castellitto confirms the quality of contemporary Italian film production. In the presence of over 300 people, the Honorary Consul, Maria Grazia Gullotta, evoked the importance of the role of women in modern society and read a message from Ambassador Varricchio who recalled "that Jamaica and Italy enjoy excellent bilateral relations in the cultural field as well as many other areas including the economy and trade".

In January 2018, Ambassador Varricchio visited Jamaica to sign the bilateral agreement on double taxation and took part in the inauguration of the Joy Spence Appleton Estate Rum Experience, an investment by Campari Group.