Italian films have a hard time in the press, after all, they're not as internationally-known as the French and as under-the-skin violent like their Spanish counterparts.
Nonetheless, Italy is the country that brought us the romantic Il Postino and the emotional Cinema Paradiso and Life is Beautiful – so, shouldn't we give it another go?
Now's our chance.
From 9th – 30th March, 'Made in Italy', the Italian Film Festival – now in its second year – is coming to town. Showing at Cine Lumiere in South Kensington and at the Italian Cultural Institute in Belgravia, thirteen new Italian flicks will be on offer. They've been selected by Paolo Mereghetti, film critic for Il Corriere della Sera – so they're bound to be worth-watching.
What to expect? Scialla! – Rust – My Tomorrow – The First on the List … and many more. (You'll have to attend to get the Italian names for the films)
Ciné Lumière,17 Queensbury Place, London SW7
Italian Cultural Institute, 39 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X