|Villerupt is a small town in France (Pays-haut lorrain) bordering on Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg where a sizeable Italian immigrant population once worked in the local iron mines. Today, this region celebrates its Italian immigrant past with a festival devoted to Italian cinema. In its 25th edition, the festival features a competition by jury and public, an exhibition and the screening of some 35 new and recent films by Franco Zeffirelli, Ettore Scola, Gabriele Salvatores, Vincenzo Terraciano, Michele Placido, Marcello Cesena, Silvio Soldini, Marco Risi, Enzo d'Alo, Emilio Greco, Marco Bellochio, Renzo Martinelli, Marco Puccioni, Ivano De Matteo among others. In addition, there is a retrospective screening of 25 films made within the last 25 years by directors such as Nanni Moretti, Luchino Visconti, Ettore Scola, Franco Brusati among others. The majority of the directors attend the festival and participate in discussion groups with the press and the public about the current state of Italian cinema.|
Films are presented in Italian with French subtitles.
Villerupt Italian Film Festival Web Site