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‘A Starry Sky Above the Roman Ghetto’ and ‘Thou Shalt Not Hate’



‘A Starry Sky Above the Roman Ghetto’ and ‘Thou Shalt Not Hate’

Jewish International Film Festival

cielo stellato poster jpg 400x0 crop q85The well-established collaboration between the Italian Cultural Institute of Sydney and the Ritz cinema chain, inaugurated last year with the highly successful retrospective dedicated to Federico Fellini, is renewed in 2021 with the involvement of the Institute in the presentation of two Italian films within the Jewish International Film Festival presented at the Ritz Cinema in Randwick: Un cielo stellato sopra il ghetto di Roma (A Starry Sky Above the Roman Ghetto), a 2020 film directed by Giulio Base and Non odiare (Thou Shalt Not Hate), another 2020 production, directed by Mauro Mancini.

Un cielo stellato sopra il ghetto di Roma (A Starry Sky Above the Roman Ghetto) tells the story of the Shoah, one of the incurable scars in the history of humanity, but it does so in a very original manner, through adventure and the search for truth by a group of young boys. The film is the story of Sofia and of a group of Christian and Jewish children (Bianca Panconi, Emma Matilda Liò, Daniele Rampello, Irene Vetere, Francesco Rodrigo, Marco Todisco, Domenico Fortunato, Aurora Cancian, Lucia Zotti and Alessandra Celi), where the past is intertwined with the present. The discovery of a letter and a mysterious photo of a little girl will lead Sofia and her young friends to search for the truth.

In Non odiare (Thou Shalt Not Hate), surgeon Simone Segre (Alessandro Gassmann) non odiareone night stops to give first aid to a man involved in a car accident. Although the driver is seriously injured, Simone struggles to assist him when he sees a swastika tattooed on the man's chest. The surgeon is in fact of Jewish origin, and his father was deported during the Second World War.

Thanks to the involvement of the Italian Cultural Institute, the two movies will be introduced by two well-known experts: Cristiana Palmieri and Simon Holloway, who have already lent their expertise to some projects carried out by the Institute, in particular events involving Italian cinema and the annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Cristiana Palmieri will present A Starry Sky Above the Roman Ghetto on 23 February at 6.15 pm, while Simon Holloway will present Thou Shalt Not Hate on 1 March at 6.40 pm.

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Date: Da Tuesday, February 23, 2021 a Monday, March 01, 2021

Organized by : Randwick Ritz

In collaboration with : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Entrance : With fee


Randwick Ritz, 45 St Pauls Street, Randwick