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Another film festival kicks off in this fine city of ours, and this time, the aim is to celebrate the best in contemporary Italian cinema. From June 26 to July 1, 2012, the Italian Contemporary Film Festival will screen a variety of offerings, from feature-length fiction to documentary and shorts. Industry panels also take place, as one of the festival’s main goals is to increase distribution for the works of both new and established Italian artists worldwide.

Opening night will feature La Kryptonite nella Borsa  (Ivan Cotroneo, 2011), the darkly charming story of a 9-year-old boy navigating the complexities of adventure, family, and mortality. The opening night party follows (at Maison Mercer), and the next six days are packed full of the best cinema Italy has to offer. For those who have been paying attention, Habemus Papam  (Nanni Moretti, 2012) has been garnering lots of buzz all over the place, so it’s certainly not to be missed. Smaller, shorter fare also sounds intriguing: the short film   Pizza Bagel  (Joe Mari, 2012) is — you guessed it — a comedy about intercultural dating.

Perhaps most notably, the festival presents the Canadian premiere of Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love (2012), starring the always charming Penelope Cruz. While the film may seem like an odd choice for an Italian film festival, it is undoubtedly inspired by the beauty and larger-than-life cultural tradition of the country.

Visit the complete list of films on the ICFF website to explore the kinds of cinematic fare on offer from this small yet culturally rich country. Ticket and location details can be found on the ICFF website.