Festival of Italian Film

Every winter, the Italian film festival VERSO SUD offers an insight into current Italian filmmaking. A special focus is on auteur cinema, with films that attract a great deal of attention in their home country from audiences and critics alike.

Directors, screenwriters and actors present their works at VERSO SUD and discuss them with the audience. Among the guests of recent years are Silvio Soldini, Giuseppe Piccioni, Eugenio Cappuccio and Andrea Segre. Special screenings for pupils complete the programme.

In additon, each year VERSO SUD pays tribute to a filmmaker and shows outstanding works of Italian film history. Among others, the festival commemorated the legendary Vittorio de Sica on the occasion of his 100th birthday and dedicated a retrospective and photo exhibition to the director, author, poet and theatre man Pier Paolo Pasolini on the 30th anniversary of his death. In 2007 VERSO SUD presented the central works of Michelangelo Antonioni on the occasion of his death.

Homages of recent years

1998 Gianni Amelio (Director)
1999 Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (Directors)
2000 Gillo Pontecorvo (Director)
2001 Vittorio de Sica (Director)
2002 Giuliano Montaldo (Director)
2003 Gabriele Salvatores (Director)
2004 Pupi Avati (Director)
2005 Pier Paolo Pasolini (Director)
2006 Sergio Castellito (Actor and Director)
2007 Michelangelo Antonioni (Director)
2008 Sergio Rubini (Actor and Director)
2009 Paolo Virzí (Director)
2010 Ferzan Ozpetek (Director)
2011 Liliana Cavani (Director)
2012 Luigi Lo Cascio (Actor and Director)
2013 Giuseppe Piccioni (Director)
2014 Giuseppe Tornatore (Director)
2015 Francesco Rosi (Director)
2016 Cristina Comencini (Director)
2017 Daniele Luchetti (Director)
2018 Marco Tullio Giordana (Director)


Andreas Beilharz
Phone: 069 – 961 220 504
Email: Beilharz@dff.film

Verso Sud is organized in cooperation with Made in Italy.

The festival is sponsored by: Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, Direzione Generale per il Cinema (Rom), Istituto Luce Cinettà (Rom)

Premium Partner: Italienische Zentrale für Tourismus ENIT (Frankfurt)

With support of Consolato Generale d‘Italia (Frankfurt), Istituto Italiano di Cultura (Köln), Schweizerisches Generalkonsulat (Frankfurt), Italia Altrove Francoforte e.V. (Frankfurt) und Casa di Cultura e.V. (Frankfurt).