2021 Italian Film Festival

The Vancouver Italian Film Festival migrates online for our 2021 iteration, available on VIFF Connect between January 8 – 21.

The festival features a new, acclaimed, live action version of Pinocchio, with Roberto Benigni as Geppetto, and directed by the versatile Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah; Dogman; Tale of Tales). Described by critics as “a landmark adaptation”, and a big hit in Italy last Christmas, Pinocchio is enchanting viewing for all ages. Hot from opening the Venice Film Festival in the fall, we have the new film from the director of Our Lives (La nostra vita), Daniele Luchetti, The Ties (Lacci) is a piercing study of adultery and betrayal with superb performances from Alba Rohrwacher and Luigi Lo Cascio.

Sin (Il peccato) – directed by Andrei Konchalovski – is a profound and unsettling historical drama starring Alberto Testone as the XVI century artist Michelangelo. It was the closing night film at the Rome Film Festival.

As extra content for anyone who purchases a Festival Pass ($25), we present a tribute to the late, great composer Ennio Morricone, who passed away in summer 2020, with a Film Studies lecture by Will Ross, and a chance to enjoy Sergio Corbucci’s extraordinary spaghetti western, The Great Silence (Il grande silenzio), which Morricone scored, and which was an indelible influence on Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful 8.

Now in its 8th year, the festival is a co-presentation between VIFF, Il Centro-Italian Cultural Centre, and the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver.


Festival passes are now off sale.

Off Sale

Includes access to:

  • Pinocchio
  • Sin
  • The Ties
  • Festival Pass Exclusive:  The Great Silence
  • Festival Pass Exclusive: Film Studies: Will Ross on Ennio Morricone
Already got access to VIFF Connect?
You don't need to purchase a pass - you already get free access to Pinocchio, The Great Silence and Film Studies with your membership.