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<< October 4 - 9, 2006 >>>

Cinema Italian Style: Under the Sign of Rossellini

 

Presentation in association with Cinecittà Holding - Rome

Presented with the financial support of the Italian Ministry for Culture - General Direction for Cinema, the Lazio Region and the Italian Film Commission, in collaboration with: The Italian Consul General and the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, FilmItalia.

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Opening Night for this series is at the Egyptian Theatre Exclusive!

Continuing in the glorious tradition of such filmmakers as Roberto Rossellini, Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Luchino Visconti and Bernardo Bertolucci, contemporary Italian cinema remains among the most vibrant and unpredictable anywhere in Europe, examining and celebrating an Italy both ancient and modern, pastoral and urban. This week-long showcase of the best and most challenging in new Italian filmmaking opens with the moving immigrant saga, THE GOLDEN DOOR (NUOVOMONDO), directed by Emanuele Crialese. The series closes over two nights with Gianni Amelio’s THE MISSING STAR (LA STELLA CHE NON C'E') with Sergio Castellito as an Italian dealing with contradictory business bureaucracy in China and Egidio Eronico’s MY FATHER, starring Charlton Heston, a fascinating and poignant look at the tragic legacy of Nazi war crimes for a new generation. There will also be an in-person tribute to actress Valeria Golino with one of her latest films, MARIO’S WAR (LA GUERRA DI MARIO) directed by Antonio Capuano as well as a screening of popular actor, Kim Rossi Stuart’s directorial debut film, ANCHE LIBERO VA BENE. Plus we’ll be screening Nanni Moretti’s long-awaited cinematic finger-in-the-eye to former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, THE CAIMAN.

We are thrilled to welcome as our guests for the "Cinema Italian Style" Series, directors Emanuele Crialese (THE GOLDEN DOOR), Kim Rossi Stuart (ANCHE LIBERO VA BENE), Alessandro D’Alatri (LA FEBBRE), Egidio Eronico (MY FATHER), Sandro Baldoni (ITALIAN DREAM) and actors, Valeria Golino (MARIO’S WAR), Valeria Solarino (LA FEBBRE and Neri Marcorè (VIVA ZAPATERO).

 

 

Wednesday, October 4 – 8:00 PM

Valeria Golino In-Person Tribute

LA Premiere! MARIO'S WAR (LA GUERRA DI MARIO), 2005, The Works, 100 min. Dir. Antonio Capuano. Valeria Golino (RAIN MAN), one of the biggest internationally recognized Italian actresses, stars as Giulia, whose unmarried and happy life with Sandro falls into a turmoil when they adopt a difficult child, Mario. The conflict between two socially and culturally distant realities intimidates Mario and causes Giulia to reassess her life. Also starring Andrea Renzi, Rosaria De Cicco, Nunzio Gallo, Lucia Ragni, Marco Grieco, Antonio Pennarella, Anita Caprioli, Imma Villa. Discussion following the film with director Antonio Capuano and actress Valeria Golino.

 

 

Thursday, October 5 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

LA Premiere! LA FEBBRE, 2005, Rai Cinema, 01 Distribution, 108 min. Dir. Alessandro D'Alatri. Actor/writer Fabio Volo is a 30-year-old accountant still living with his widowed mother. Hired for a desk job at the City, he is forced to abandon his plans to open a night club with his friends, but it doesn’t take long for him to discover that his independent spirit cannot take orders. Also starring Valeria Solarino, Cochi Ponzoni, Gisella Burinato, Marco Baliani, Arnoldo Foà.

US Premiere! THE CAIMAN (IL CAIMAN), 2006, Sacher Film, The Wild Bunch, 112 min. Directed by Nanni Moretti. Named after a South American alligator but used here to refer to Italy's controversial prime minister, helmer Nanni Moretti's long-awaited film combines entertaining comedy with an electrifying critique of Silvio Berlusconi. With Silvio Orlando, Margherita Buy, Jasmine Trinca, Michele Placido, Jerzy Stuhr, Elio De Capitani and Nanni Moretti. Discussion in between films with LA FEBBRE director Alessandro D'Alatri and actress Valeria Solarino.

 

 

Friday, October 6 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

LA Premiere! VIVA ZAPATERO, 2005, Lucky Red, Wild Bunch, 80 min. Dir. Sabina Guzzanti. Through comic sketches, archival material and testimonials of Italian showbiz and political personalities, comedian Sabina Guzzanti presents her own criticism against the limitations on freedom of expression imposed by the former Prime Minister Berlusconi's government on television programs. An official selection of the section of World Documentary, 2006 Sundance Film Festival. Also starring Rory Bremner, Daniele Luttazzi, Michele Santoro, Enzo Biagi, Fabrizio Morri, Valerio Terenzio, Andrea Salerno, Lucia Annunziata.

LA Premiere! ANCHE LIBERO VA BENE, 2006, Rai Cinema, 01 Distribution,108 min. Dir. Kim Rossi Stuart. Popular actor Kim Rossi Stuart’s directorial debut features Tommi, an 11-year-old boy, who lives in Rome with his father (Stuart) and his sister after their mother's disappearance. The unexpected return of the mother reopens old wounds and soon the paternal figure is not what he was before, forcing Tommi to grow up before his time. With Kim Rossi Stuart and Barbara Bobulova. Discussion in between films with VIVA actor Neri Marcorè as well as an introduction by ANCHE director/actor Kim Rossi Stuart.

 

 

Saturday, October 7 – 5:00 PM

LA Premiere! THE NIGHT BEFORE FINALS (NOTTE PRIMA DEGLI ESAMI), 2006, Rai Cinema, 01 Distribution. 100 min. Dir. Fausto Brizzi. One of the biggest Italian box office hits of the year is a comedy about preparing for the final exams that will mark the end of high school and adolescence for a group of young people in Rome in 1980. Instead of studying, they manage to get caught up in a series of strange and incredible misadventures. With Cristiana Capotondi, Giorgio Faletti, Sarah Maestri, Nicolas Vaporidis, Andrea De Rosa, Eros Galbiati.

 

 

Saturday, October 7 – 7:30 PM

Double feature:

World Premiere! ITALIAN DREAM, 2006, Venerdì Produzione Cinema, 97 min. Dir. Sandro Baldoni. Antonio is a 40-year-old family man who dreams of moving to London to open a restaurant. Followed by a mysterious man and his two bodyguards, he becomes paranoid until he confronts the man and is told that destiny dictates he must be killed. The story unravels in grotesque situations with an unexpected ending. With Ivano Marescotti, Teco Celio, Silvia Coen.

US Premiere! THE FAMILY FRIEND (L’AMICO DI FAMIGLIA), 2006, Fandango, The Wild Bnch , 108 min. Dir. Paolo Sorrentino. This new film expands maverick director Paolo Sorrentino's singular vision, though this time he's crafted a more complex world to illustrate his philosophy: "everyone steals, and everyone is unhappy." Tale of a thoroughly unpleasant loan shark whose misanthropy may be due to his brutish appearance is oftentimes original on the surface but distancing in tone. With Giacomo Rizzo, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Laura Chiatti, Gigi Angelillo, Clara Bindi, Barbara Valmorin. Discussion between films with ITALIAN DREAM director Sandro Baldoni.

 

 

Sunday, October 8 – 6:30 PM

Double Feature:

US Premiere! THE MISSING STAR (LA STELLA CHE NON C'E'), 2006, Cattleya, 01 Distribution, 104 min. Dir. Gianni Amelio. The new film from socially engaging director Gianni Amelio (THE STOLEN CHILDREN, THE HOUSE KEYS), is a look at the realities of corporate China today with actor/director Sergio Castellitto as a tradesman encountering bureaucracy and bewildering contradictions. Shot entirely in China, the film is inspired by Ermanno Rea’s novel, La Dismissione. In competition at the 2006 Venice Film Festival. With Zhou Ting.

US Premiere! QUIJOTE, 2006, Ananas, 75 minutes. Dir. Mimmo Paladino. Painter/sculptor Mimmo Paladino offers an original reinterpretation of Miguel Cervantes' novel, with Peppe Servillo as Don Quijote and Italian music legend Lucio Dalla as Sancho Panza. Also starring Alessandro Bergonzoni, Enzo Cucchi, Ginestra Paladino, Enzo Moscato, Remo Girone. Discussion in between films with actor Peppe Servillo followed by a Champagne reception.

 

 

Monday, October 9 – 7:30 PM

LA Premiere! MY FATHER, 2003, Gam Film, Emme Produzioni, A.B. Film Distributors, 115 min. Dir. Egidio Eronico. The last film with Charlton Heston who stars in the role of a Nazi war criminal escaped to South America avoiding trial in the late 1940’s. Thomas Kretschmann is his son, a young German lawyer who travels to Brasil searching for his father hoping for a final, impossible resolution. From the book Vati by Peter Schneider. Also starring F. Murray Abraham, Camillo Bevilacqua, Thomas Heinze, Odilon Wagner, Denise Weinberg. Discussion following with director Egidio Eronico.