ICFF Nome di Donna Call the Shot 2019– Female Power through Film

An Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF) Annual Event celebrating and honouring women’s achievements

by Sally W.

Italian film Nome di Donna Film screening & Reception

“Nome di Donna” translates in English to “In the Name of Woman” at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto
Friday, March 8 the Orchid Club on Peter Street in Toronto was the venue to attend before the L’Altra Nome di Donna film screening.

L’Altra Italia is now in its 16th season. The reception was a chance to mingle with other Italian film fans, see friends made through the L’Altra film events and to relax before the film screening. The Orchid Club is conveniently located just a couple of blocks northwest of TIFF Bell Lightbox. A unique venue for a large group of people with lots of space for a buffet with a long bar to the side. The VIP area is located on the second floor with comfortable seating, a buffet meal and a bar area. The food was delicious: Italian beef stew, cheese ravioli, various healthy salads, slices of Pizza Nova pizza and delightful bread, all delicious. To accompany the meal was a selection of wines, beer and soft drinks. Cups of espresso coffee from Lavazza were offered along with delicious Italian cookies from Tre Mari Bakery. Attending the reception before the film screening gave time to refuel and socialize after a busy week.
Upon entering the cinema, women were offered an evergreen floral arrangement to take home. At TIFF Lightbox, we were honoured to hear a panel discussion with four distinguished guests in the film industry before the screening. Jennifer Dale( actress of Italian descent), Producer Christina Piovesan, Set decorator Patricia Cuccia and TIFF International Programmer Jane Schoettle. All of them have very successful careers and gave insight into how important women’s employment is in the film industry. These four women have all made significant contributions. They discussed their careers in the film industry. It was fascinating to learn from these accomplished women’s achievements. Students from various learning institutions in the audience were motivated to learn more about the film industry from these strong role models.
Cristiano de Florentiis and Maurizio Magnifico, both President Co-Founders of L’ALTRA Italia, opened the evening with Ambassador Claudio Taffuri.
The film Nome di Donna – translates in English to “In the Name of Woman,” was directed by Marco Tullio Giordana who was born in Milan in 1950. Giordana is known for his work on the documentary Forza Italia, To Love the Damned, One Hundred Steps, TV film The Best of Youth, Wild Blood and Piazza Fontana. Nome di Donna was a very appropriate film to screen for International Women’s Day. Actress Cristiana Capotondi portrayed a woman with a strong moral character. She saw abuse of her coworkers at the home for the elderly where she worked. With assertiveness, she luckily managed to avoid it herself but at the cost of her job. She went on to litigation to have the abusive boss stopped. The setting of the film was superb, and the acting was outstanding. Filmgoers enjoyed this Italian film very much. It was a beautiful Italian film.
Women under 30 were admitted free to the film screening of Nome di Donna held at TIFF Lightbox in recognition of International Women’s Day. The L’Altra Italia ICFF film event with a reception and panel discussion was a motivating and fulfilling way of celebrating women’s successes.