The worlds of cinema and food collide in the sixth edition of the Sagra del Cinema, a food and film festival held in the Torre del Cassero area of Castiglion Fiorentino. This year’s event, running from July 12 to 15, includes the participation of writers, directors and actors in a series of talks and presentations before the lights go down for a showing of select films.

The festival opens on July 12 with a comedic theatre performance by and starring Alessandro Bardani and Francesco Montanari, who portray two thirtysomethings debating the world around them. The remaining three days continue with interviews and debates at 7pm every evening, with the participation of Marco Bocci on July 13, presenting his debut book A Tor Bella Monaca non piove mai. Alfonso Sabella will take the stage on July 14 in an interview with Francesco Montanari, who will speak to the ex-prosecutor about his anti-Mafia work. The grand finale is a cross-generational talk among Italian cinema fixtures: Marco D’Amore and Giorgio Colangeli, the former known for his role in the television series Gomorra, the latter a recipient of the Nastro d’Argento for his work in Ettore Scola’s 1998 film The Dinner.

A film will follow each talk, including Pasqualino settebellezze (July 13), I cento passi (July 14) and Un posto sicuro (July 15). Films will be accompanied by themed dinners, while during the talks snacks will be available at the bar, made with local ingredients in the true spirit of the Italian sagra. Entry is free to all films; see www.sagradelcinema.it for more information.