Culture Monks is delighted to invite you along with The Embassy of Switzerland in India, the Italian Embassy Cultural Center New Delhi &  Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute to

Cinema from the Italian-speaking world 

a festival of films from the Italian speaking part of Switzerland to celebrate the Italian Language Week 2019.

Venue : Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute (SRFTI), Pachyasyar, Garia, Kolkata

Dates : Nov 19 & 20, 2019 from 3 pm – 9 pm

For free entry pass please click here : Entry Pass


19th November 2019

3 pm – 4:30 pm (New CRT)

Lecture by & interaction with Mr. Michele Cinque


Michele Cinque is a film director & cinematographer from Italy. His films ¨Sicili Jass” & ¨Iuventa¨ are  being screened at this festival.

Michele Cinque, born 27 March 1984 graduated in Philosophy at “La Sapienza” University in Rome, has been working in documentary production since 2004. In these years he directed several documentaries and television series, including “Xlife” a 10 episode series on extreme sports broadcasted in Italy, France, Finland, Hong Kong and Macau. He directed the documentaries “LavoroLiquido”, about the Italian world of labour awarded as Best Documentary at Imaie, and “Top Runner”, awarded at FICTS 2009 and at Palermo Sport Film Festival 2010, “Bob Marley, The Reggae’s Prophet” presented at Fipatel 2012 and broadcasted on Rai2, the documentary “Mr. Jazz”, dedicated to Louis Armstrong and coproduced with Rai Storia. Since 2015 Cinque is working as a correspondent from South America for RAI Italia, producing over 100 episodes for the format Community. In 2015 he founds ROMAP, Roma Light Interactive festival, that in two years has gathered more than houndred thousand people in the city center of Rome for its spectacles of lights. His film Sicily Jass has been presented at 2015 festival dei Popoli, 2016 New Orleans Film Festival, 2016 Mimo Brazil, 2016 Taormina film festival, 2016 Salina Doc fest and many more. Sicily Jass has been awarded in various festivals and in 2017 has been selected by SIAE and to perform a world tour. In 2017 he realized the short film Jululu that has been awarded at 74° Venice Film Festival with Best Direction in the Migrarti section and at Milano film festival with Premio Abba. His last film Iuventa is considered as a significant documentary emerging from Italy.

5 pm – 5:15 pm :

Inauguration at SRFTI Main Auditorium. A tribute to Swiss- Italian poet and author Giorgio Orelli by Culture Monks

5:15 pm – 6:50 pm

“Tutti Giù” (Everyone sometimes falls) by Niccolò Castelli

Switzerland 2012, Fiction 98 min, English subtitles


Jullo, Edo and Chiara: three adolescents like thousands of others. Three teenagers whose lives are sport. Jullo “is” his skateboard; Chiara conquers the world on skis; Edo is a sprayer. One day Jullo, Chiara and Edo suddenly discover their own lives, each in their own way. Fears, dreams, surprises, loneliness, uncertainty, expectations, impermanence, imbalance. Then one moment, one second, one “click.” A click, after which they rediscover themselves, which leads to adulthood – or unsparingly carries them away.

Watch the Trailer

7 pm – 8:30 pm

“Iuventa” by Michele Cinque

Italian 2018, Documentary, 84 mins, English Subtitles


Through a crowdfunding campaign a group of youngsters buys a vessel, the Iuventa, and in July 2016 starts a search and rescue program in the Mediterranean Sea. After a year of operations (in which more than 14,000 people have been rescued), the ship has now been impounded and confiscated by the Italian authorities in Lampedusa and the NGO is under investigation. The documentary film Iuventa follows the life of the protagonists from the first mission of the boat for more than a year, until their utopic and humanitarian dream clashes with reality.

Iuventa relates the events of a crucial year in the lives of a group of young Europeans all involved in different ways in the Jugend Rettet humanitarian project, starting from the first voyage of the Iuventa ship in the Mediterranean Sea to the heavy accusations that led to the seizure of the vessel more than a year later. The backbone of the narration is the ship’s first trip out to sea: setting sail from Malta, it comes back to La Valletta after 15 days offshore, having saved the lives of over 2,000 people. After the first mission the film takes us to Berlin and in Italy, through the winter time when the future of the Jugend Rettet is discussed.

Watch the trailer

20th November 2019:

3 pm – 4: 30 pm (New CRT)

Lecture by & interaction with Mr. Villi Hermann.


Villi Hermann will speak about film making in Switzerland with a special focus on film making in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland .

He is the co- producer of the films in Swiss section screened at this festival including – ¨Cronofobia¨ and “Tutti Giù”

Born in Lucerne in 1941, Villi Hermann is a Swiss author, producer and director. In 1977 he won the Pardo d’argento at Locarno for SAN GOTTARDO, while his film BANKOMATT (1989) was selected for Berlin. Other notable directorial credits include MATLOSA (1983), INNOCENZA (1986), screened at Locarno, and TAMARO (1999). Villi Hermann also received the Premio Cinema Ticino at the Festival del film Locarno in 2011.

5 pm – 6:30 pm

“Sicily Jass” by Michele Cinque

Italy 2015, Documentary, 73 mins English and Italian Subtitles


A journey inside the Sicilian chromosome of jazz, forgotten by the official history; the incredible story of a Sicilian who became the world’s first man in jazz. Sicily Jass: The World’s First Man In Jazz is a film directed by Michele Cinque, about the life, the music, and times of Nick La Rocca, a son of Sicilian immigrants, a self-taught cornet player, and leader of the Original Dixieland Jass Band, the New Orleans based combo which eventually recorded the first jazz record, in New York, in 1917. Moving between fiction and documentary, while travelling from a timeless Sicily through New Orleans past and present, the film follows the infectious rhythms of early jazz and goes deep into an introspective journey narrated by the voice, the gestures and the puppets of Sicilian master Mimmo Cuticchio.


7 pm – 8:40 pm

“Cronofobia” by Francesco Rizzi.

Switzerland 2018, Fiction, 93 mins


Suter is a lonely guy, constantly in motion, escaping his true self. During the day, he travels through Switzerland, creating new identities and incognito evaluating the quality of customer service in shops and hotel rooms, while at night, he secretly observes the life of another lonely person: Anna, a rebel struggling with complicated grief. But this fragile balance is soon destroyed, when Anna finds out about Suter’s dark secret.


Saarbrücken, Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis, Bestes Drehbuch 2019
Saarbrücken, Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis, Beste Regie 2019
Durban, Durban International Film Festival, Best Editing 2019
Tallinn, PÖFF Black Nights Film Festival, Jury Special Prize (First Feature) 2018


We would also like to thanks the youth from LP4Y ( Life project from Youth) who will be participating the festival and helping with hospitality and decoration.

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