Tripoli, 2 November 2013:
There will be a showing in Tripoli tonight . . .[restrict]of Bicycle Thieves, an award-winning film which has been described as “a masterpiece of Italian neorealism.”
Set in post-war Italy, Bicycle Thieves tells the story of a poverty-stricken father searching for his stolen bicycle which he needs for his job putting up posters around Rome.
Despite initial criticism for showing Italians in a poor light, the film later became critically acclaimed. It won numerous awards, including the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film in 1950.
Based on a novel by Luigi Bartolini, and directed by Vittorio De Sica, Bicycle Thieves is on the British Film Institute’s list of films you should see by the age of 14.
Bicycle Thieves is in Italian, with Arabic subtitles.
The film is part of the Arete Cinema Club’s new season of screenings. Cinemas and theatres in Libya were closed for decades and the Arete Cinema Club aims to reintroduce films to the community. Screenings this season will include some of the best of new Arab cinema as well as Hollywood hits and classic European films.
The screening of Bicycle Thieves starts at 5 pm on Saturday 2 November. The Art House is on Al-Sekka Road in Tripoli, near the Prime Minister’s Office. [/restrict]