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CINEMA ITALIAN STYLE 2010

November 9-20 at the Egyptian and Aero Theatres

Presented by the American Cinematheque and Cinecitta Luce.

Supported by the Italian Ministry of Culture, Film Department, and the Italian Film Commission, a division of the Italian Trade Commission, under the auspices of the Consul General of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, with the generous contribution of Valentino, Alitalia, Regione Toscana, Toscana Promozione and the participation of E.L.M.A. (European Languages and Movies in America)

Join us at the Egyptian and Aero Theatres for our annual celebration of Italian cinema, which once again is packed with exciting U.S. premieres. The series opens with Italy’s official Oscar submission for Best Foreign-Language film, Paolo Virzi’s uplifting drama THE FIRST BEAUTIFUL THING. Following is an array of Italy’s best films, in a variety of genres, which have been making the rounds at top international film festivals: Gabriele Muccino’s midlife crisis drama KISS ME AGAIN, Carlo Verdone’s shrewd family comedy ME, THEM AND LARA and Daniele Luchetti’s tense thriller OUR LIFE. Also in store is Rocco Papaleo’s endlessly surprising and delightful road film BASILICATA COAST TO COAST, actor-director John Turturro’s documentary about the vivid musical tradition of Naples, PASSION, and Pupi Avati’s moving drama, A SECOND CHILDHOOD.

Series compiled by Laura Delli Colli. Presented by Silvia Bizio. English program notes by Beth Hanna.

Egyptian Theatre - Hollywood

6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028

Tuesday, November 9 - 7:15 PM - Egyptian Theatre

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THE FIRST BEAUTIFUL THING
(LA PRIMA COSA BELLA)
2010, Palisades Tartan, 124 min. Dir. Paolo Virzi

Italy's Official Oscar Submission for Best Foreign Language Film!

Los Angeles Premiere!

Beauty queen Anna (played by both Micaela Ramazzotti and Stefania Sandrelli) is the belle of her provincial Italian hometown. As the years pass, Anna maintains her lively spirit, even as she grapples with a diagnosis of terminal illness. But, will Anna’s misanthropic son (Valerio Mastandrea) be able to truly forge a bond with his estranged family in the wake of his mother’s illness?

Introduced by Director Paolo Virzì and actress Micaela Ramazzotti.

Cinema Italian Style Award to John Turturro and Douglas Kirkland.

The film will start at 7:30 PM.

Aero Theatre - Santa Monica

1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Wednesday, November 10 - 7:30 PM - Aero Theatre - Double Feature!

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KISS ME AGAIN (BACIAMI ANCORA)
2010, Fandango Portobello, 139 min.

Los Angeles Premiere!

Carlo’s (Stefano Accorsi) wife Giulia (Vittoria Puccini) is divorcing him for infidelity and gets to spend only a few hours a week with his daughter. Director Gabriele Muccino (who has recently come Stateside to direct the Will Smith-starring films THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS and SEVEN POUNDS) directs this moving drama about a family in desperate need of renewal. Award for Best Film and Best Actress (Vittoria Puccini) at the Shanghai Film Festival.

Discussion following the film with director Gabriele Muccino and actor Pierfrancesco Favino.

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THE MAN WHO WILL COME (L’UOMO CHE VERRA)
2010, Intramovies, 117 min. Dir. Giorgio Diritti.

US Premiere!

In the fall of 1944, on the slopes of Monte Sole south of Bologna, fascism showed its face in one of the worst massacres on Italian soil at the hands of the German SS troops. In this elegiac portrait of peasant life, 8-year old Martina has fallen mute since the death of her infant brother. Now her mother is pregnant again, and Martina awaits the infant as her own rebirth. Her father and other villagers, meanwhile, debate the wisdom of aiding the partisans, until encroaching violence makes it no longer a question. Director Diritti manages to make a work as rich in beauty and hope as in wonder at the depths of inhumanity.

Introduced by Alba Rohrwacher.

Thursday, November 11 - 7:30 PM - Aero Theatre - Double Feature!

HOUSE BY THE MEDLAR TREE (MALAVOGLIA)
2010, Rai Trade, 94 min. Dir. Pasquale Scimeca.

Los Angeles Premiere!

Director Pasquale Scimeca returns to his Sicilian birthplace with the elegantly told story of a fisherman and his family pitted against the cruel vagaries of the ocean. Magnificently lensed, the film captures the shifting moods of the stunning seascapes and the interior chiaroscuro of the family’s home. Based on the novel by Giovanni Verga, which also provided the source material for Luchino Visconti’s brilliant LA TERRA TREMA. Official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival 2010.

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BASILICATA COAST TO COAST
2010, Eagle Pictures, 105 min. Dir. Rocco Papaleo.

Los Angeles Premiere!

In the heart of Italy’s poor, but scenic Basilicata region, four grunge musicians (Alessandro Gassmann and director Papaleo among them) travel by foot to the Theatre-Song Festival of Scanzano Jonico, traversing Basilicata from the Tyrrhenian to the Ionian Sea. A terrifically bizarre and endlessly surprising road movie. “This winning take on the road-movie/buddy-movie formula benefits enormously from expert lensing by top d.p. Fabio Olmi, plus a game cast.” - Variety.

 

Friday, November 12 - 7:30 PM - Aero Theatre - Double Feature!

A SECOND CHILDHOOD (UNA SCONFINATA GIOVINEZZA)
2010, Rai Trade, 100 min. Dir. Pupi Avati.

US Premiere!

When Lino (Fabrizio Bentivoglio) is diagnosed with a degenerative illness that severely affects his memory, his wife Chicca (Francesca Neri) considers leaving, but ultimately decides that sharing his regression from reality is what she wants most. A moving love story.

 

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20 CIGARETTES (20 SIGARETTE)
2010, Cincecitta Luce, 94 min. Dir. Aureliano Amadei.

Los Angeles Premiere!

Aureliano (Vinichio Marchioni), an anti-war activist, goes to Iraq to be assistant director on a film about the Italian military “peace mission.” Before he can finish a packet of cigarettes, he is in the midst of the November 2003 attack on the Nassirya army barracks. Although seriously injured, he is only civilian to survive the attack – and becomes an accidental hero.

Introduction preceding the film by producer Tilde Corsi.

Saturday, November 13 - 7:30 PM - Aero Theatre - Double Feature!

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PASSION (PASSIONE)
2010, Cinecitta Luce, 90 min. Dir. John Turturro.

Los Angeles Premiere!

Traveling through one of the most beautiful and controversial metropolises in the world, actor-turned-documentarian John Turturro explores the wildly exciting music of Naples. Alternating between fond memories and reconstructions of local myths, Turturro transforms every song he encounters into a little melodrama, turning Naples into a meaningful and delightful cultural Jukebox.

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DARK LOVE (L’AMORE BUIO)
2010, Rai Trade, 109 min. Dir. Antonio Capuano.

Los Angeles Premiere!

Four Neapolitan boys are sentenced to two years in prison after raping an adolescent girl. One of the boys, Ciro (Gabriele Agrio), spends his incarceration reflecting on his crime, and eventually begins an epistolary relationship with the victim. This gritty and thought-provoking drama raises questions about youth violence, remorse and forgiveness. “Experienced Neapolitan writer-helmer Antonio Capuano (PIANESE NUNZIO, FOURTEEN IN MAY) sensitively explores how the crime sends shockwaves through several years of the protagonists' lives.”- Variety

Sunday, November 14 - 4:30 PM - Aero Theatre

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THE DOUBLE HOUR (LA DOPPIA ORA)
2010, Samuel Goldwyn, SND, 95 min. Dir. Guiseppe Capotondi.

Los Angeles Premiere!

Sonia (Ksenia Rappoport), a waitress from Ljubjlana, and Guido (Filippo Timi), an ex-policeman and villa security guard, meet on a speed date. When Guido dies unexpectedly during a break-in at the villa, Sonia finds herself heartbroken and coping with a senseless death – a death that many believe she’s responsible for. “The effective debut feature of Italo musicvid helmer Giuseppe Capotondi. Pic further showcases the acting chops and engaging screen presence of Ksenia Rappoport (THE UNKNOWN WOMAN). Not so much a genre movie as a movie that switches between genres - and comes out on top.”- Variety.

 

Sunday, November 14 - 7:30 PM - Aero Theatre - Double Feature!

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ME, THEM AND LARA (IO, LORO E LARA)
2010, Warner Bros., 115 min. Dir. Carlo Verdone.

Los Angeles Premiere!

Carlo (played by director Verdone) is a missionary who returns home to Rome after 10 years in Africa to find he is now the completely ignored "guest" in a "new" family. His father has married a voluptuous vixen, his sister is submerged in a sea of her own imaginary problems and their bankrupt brother is merrily hooked on more than just the volatile stock market. When the charming yet duplicitous Lara (Laura Chiatti) arrives, the family’s situation only gets more chaotic in this winning comedy.

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OUR LIFE (LA NOSTRA VITA)
2010, Rai Trade, 98 min. Dir. Daniele Luchetti.

Los Angeles Premiere!

Construction worker Claudio (Elio Germano) is madly in love with his wife, who is pregnant with their third child. He dreams of giving his family a better life. When a personal tragedy and a severe injustice befalls Claudio, the once honest man begins to morally unravel as he fights for redemption. Winner of the award for Best Actor (Germano) at the Cannes International Film Festival 2010.

Egyptian Theatre - Hollywood

6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028

Wednesday, November 17 - 7:30 PM - Egyptian Theatre

ITALIAN SHORTS PROGRAM
85 min.

This program of six short films highlights an array of cinematic amuse bouche from Italy! Includes Adriano Giannini’s “The Game” (16 min) about children’s games in the midst of WWII; Davide Minnella’s “As It Should Be” (14 min) about an aging chef passing on her culinary secrets to a young girl; Valeria Golino’s “Armandino e il Madre” (15 min) about a romance amidst the MADRE, or Naples’ museum of contemporary arts; Simone and Leonardo Godano’s “Niente Orchidee” (14 min) about a bar owner with a dangerous deal with the Mafia; Ferdinando Cito Filomarino’s award-winning “Diarchia” (19 min) about an alarming accident between two strangers; and Michaela Cescone’s “As In A Whisper” (7 min) about an ambiguous meeting between a man and a woman. Spielberg Screening Room.

Thursday, November 18 - 7:30 PM - Egyptian Theatre - Double Feature!

GASSMAN ON GASSMAN (VITTORIO RACCONTA GASSMAN: UNA VITA DA MATTATORE)
2010, Studio Immagine, 79 min. Dir. Giancarlo Scarchilli.

Los Angeles Premiere!

This fascinating documentary follows the life and career of one of Italy’s most important actors, Vittorio Gassman, who starred in THE EAST LIFE, BIG DEAL ON MADONNA STREET, BITTER RICE and SCENT OF A WOMAN. Spielberg Screening Room.

A BEAUTIFUL, HAPPY BIRTHDAY
DINO RISI
2010, 66 min. Directors Fabrizio Corallo and Francesca Molteni

Los Angeles Premiere!

Directors Fabrizio Corallo and Francesca Molteni delve into the life of Dino Risi, who was one of the most successful directors of the so-called “comedy Italian style,” a bittersweet mix of irony, melancholy and joy. Risi directed some of the finest Italian actors, including Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida and Vittorio Gassman. Spielberg Screening Room.

Friday, November 19 - 7:30 PM - Egyptian Theatre

PORTRAIT OF MY FATHER - UGO TOGNAZZI
87 min. Dir. Maria Sole Tognazzi.

Los Angeles Premiere!

This vibrant portrait traces over 4 decades of the brilliant career of Italian actor Ugo Tognazzi, who became internationally known in 1978 for his performance in BIRDS OF A FEATHER. Spielberg Screening Room.

Saturday, November 20 - 7:30 PM - Egyptian Theatre

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THE FIRST BEAUTIFUL THING (LA PRIMA COSA BELLA)
2010, Palisades Tartan, 124 min. Dir. Paolo Virzi.

Italy's Official Oscar Submission for Best Foreign Language Film!

Los Angeles Premiere!

Beauty queen Anna (played by both Micaela Ramazzotti and Stefania Sandrelli) is the belle of her provincial Italian hometown. As the years pass, Anna maintains her lively spirit, even as she grapples with a diagnosis of terminal illness. But, will Anna’s misanthropic son (Valerio Mastandrea) be able to truly forge a bond with his estranged family in the wake of his mother’s illness? Spielberg Screening Room.

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