Screening in accompaniment to Bicycles Thieves, the festival is pleased to present this fascinating documentary. Vittorio De Sica (1902-1974) had one of the most remarkable careers in the history of Italian cinema. He began acting during the silent era and directing in the early 1940s, making his mark internationally when his powerful neo-realist drama Shoeshine (1946) earned acclaim from criticsand audiences around the world. De Sica received even greater accolades for 1948's Bicycle Thieves which is still considered a landmark achievement in European cinema. VITTORIO D., an affectionate look at Vittorio De Sica and his work, received its world premiere as part of the "Venice Days" program at the Venice Film Festival 2009.