If you fancy a break from Christmas shopping why not check out a wonderful cultural offering currently happening in Barcelona, the “Mostra de Cinema Italià de Barcelona (MCIB)” brings the best in Italian cinema to town. The Mostra, or film festival, will show eight of the best Italian films of 2014, none of which was commercially released in Spain. The festival also includes nine short films, also unpublished, within the 9×10 NOVANTA project, in which Italian directors mount a short based on recovered archive footage from the Italian Instituto Luce Cinecittà.

The line up includes: Piu’Buio di Mezzanotte by Sebastiano Riso, La mafia uccide solo d’estate by Pierfrancesco Diliberto, Anime nere by Francesco Munzi, I nostri ragazzi by Ivano De Matteo, Smetto quando voglio by Sydney Sibilia, Hungry Hearts by Saverio Costanzo, Le meraviglie by Alice Rohrwacher and The Lack del dúo by videoartistas Masbedo

This is a selection curated by the critic Italian film critic Maurizio di Rienzo, a selection which has Italiabeen shown at international film festivals in Locarno, Venice, Toronto and London.

The event is rounded off with a series of special screenings, with Il giovane favolose by Mario Martone; five films on immigration (La nave dolce by Daniele Vicari, La mia classe by Daniele Gaglianone, Sette opere di misericordia by Gianluca De Massimiliano Serio, Là -bas educazione criminale by Guido Lombardi e Into paradiso by Paola Randi); and inaugural film today, In grazia di Dio by Edoardo Winspeare, a director awarded the CSCI of Honour this year.

The Mostra will be held from the 12th to the 18th of December in the Verdi cinemas. Cines Verdi are known in Barcelona as the cities leading group of art house cinemas.