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Oct 4

Gabriele Mainetti on His Influences, Jeeg Robot, and What’s Next

by Tiffany Froese

feStivale 2016 starts tomorrow and we couldn't be more excited for this year's lineup.  Kicking us off at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park is Italy's first superhero movie, Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot.  The film garnered Director Gabriele Mainetti seven David di Donatello Awards (the Italian equivalent of an Oscar), including Best New Director and Best Producer, as well as a slew of other nominations and awards.  Our Artistic Director Antonio Iannotta recently spoke with him about the film. Here is the transcript of their conversation.   AI: Hello Gabriele, thank you for taking the time to speak, and congratulations on...

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Sep 9

feStivale 2015 is coming up!

by Elena Incardona

9th Annual feStivale is coming up!

It doesn’t seem possible…. …but it is – the 9th annual feStivale is right around the corner! And it is the best line-up ever. The selection required over a year’s worth of work and intense discussion, and you get to share and treasure every moment! So what’s special about this one? The range – great comedies, tense dramas, creative documentaries … …the power – directors at the top of their game, actors with indelible performances, scripts that are touching, sincere and above all…Italian… …the human sensibility in an Italian crucible. L’Arbitro…probably the most unusual soccer film you’ve ever seen, no make...

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Mar 18

SDIFF gets top score from SD Commission for Arts & Culture

by Elena Incardona

This week the Italian American Art and Cultural Association, in its ninth year, received its score from the San Diego Commission on the Arts and Culture in the annual competition for City support of its fall film festival, the feStivale, known more popularly as the San Diego Italian Film Festival. The Commission panel making a judgment, led by Commission Executive Director Dana Springs, performed a thorough review and analysis of the application, citing key features, strengths and weaknesses. Some of the outstanding features discussed:  excellent staff, experienced board and professional help; work with students; partnering with other cultural organizations; quality of...

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Feb 12

SDIFF Monthly Series 2015

by Elena Incardona

The San Diego Italian Film Festival finished up a fabulous feStivale, thanks to all our supporters, members, volunteers audience and staff. This has been the absolutely best feStivale ever! Even while congratulations are in order all around, this Italian enterprise never stops. In fact, there are some wonderful events coming right up. SDIFF is working with some of its partners to bring some very special events to town, such as the evening with director Angelo Bozzolini at the Italian Cultural Center. You can learn more about those events by keeping up with SDIFF newsletter and social media. At the top of...

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Jan 21

When Ambition, Privilege and Money Entangle Lives ‘Human Capital,’ Directed by Paolo Virzì By MANOHLA DARGIS

by Elena Incardona

MOVIES | MOVIE REVIEW When Ambition, Privilege and Money Entangle Lives ‘Human Capital,’ Directed by Paolo Virzì By MANOHLA DARGIS JAN. 13, 2015 A tale of two families and one ruinously divided country, “Human Capital” plunges a large spike into the heart of the Italian rich and its ravenous middle-class aspirants. Smoothly schematic and ferociously unsentimental, the movie has been separated into several alternating voices, but its overall trajectory mirrors the arc of the sweeping double staircase that fronts the wealthy family’s mansion. Each side of the staircase leads to the same luxurious entrance and all that shimmers and gleams beyond, except that...

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Aug 3

“Family flaw”: a night with Nino Manfredi

by Elena Incardona

  55514 The San Diego Italian Film Festival has just been invited to join in a memorial celebration for Nino Manfredi, prolific actor of stage, screen and TV, beloved of Italians everywhere and an important figure in the genre commedia all’italiana. This year is the 10th anniversary of Manfredi’s death. Saturnino “Nino” Manfredi, 1921 – 2004, was trained as a lawyer but followed his heart into theater in the mid-‘40’s. And what a heart it was! Manfredi had one of the most prolific careers imaginable, ranging from 1949 to 2003 and he entertained...

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Mar 7

CAESAR MUST DIE

by Victor Laruccia

old-globe-sqRemarks by Barry Edelstein at the San Diego Italian Film Festival screening at MOPA October 24, 2013 I grew up in Paterson, New Jersey, where at that time there were three main groups: Jews, Irishmen, and Italians. I had some friends named Steinberg and Silverblatt, and some named O’Leary and McGuinness. But for whatever reason my very closest pals had names like Buzzetti and DiNapoli, Ianucci and Capiletti, and DiMaggio and San Giacomo and San Marco and Cinnimano and Pagano and Romano and Milano. So when I got an email from a man named Laruccia at...

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Sep 30

How many generations are you from your immigrant ancestors?

by Victor Laruccia

1bOften we try to mark ourselves by telling how many generations we are from some key immigrant ancestor – second, third, fourth generation.  Often that doesn’t work out.  Migrations don’t follow regular or numerical sequences, babies are born wherever their mothers are, and everyone is always on the move. Vitantonio Policarpo Laruccia was conceived in Greenwich Village in NYC before World War I. His parents were Italian citizens who came to America for a better life, but after a while decided they needed to return. 2bHe travelled in utero...

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