Year after year, we’ve been fortunate to be able to bring the best in current Italian cinema to San Diego and this year is no different. Our annual feStivale is comprised of 12 films that promise to entertain and, more importantly, deliver on our mission to bring you an Italian perspective.EXPLORE THE FESTIVAL
Welcome to the eleventh edition of the San Diego Italian Film Festival!
Year after year, we’ve been fortunate to be able to bring the best in current Italian cinema to San Diego and this year is no different. Our annual feStivale is comprised of 12 films that promise to entertain and, more importantly, deliver on our mission to bring you an Italian perspective. We hope that this perspective brings more understanding of our world. The 2017 selection speaks to important themes, such as the plight of refugees (Fuocoammare), the fight for equality for women (Femminismo!), and the struggle with mental health (La pazza gioia). Several of the films will have their US premiere at our feStivale (Era d’estate, Leoni, Troppo napoletano). We will also feature films that are emblematic of their genre (Veloce come il vento, Loro chi?), a film that bends genre in a unique way (Indivisibili), and two independent movies with directors in attendance (My Country and Tiramisu for Two), an important achievement for us.
Some stories are serious, others comedic. Each movie we pick brings a point of view to matters that are critical for Italy as well as for a city like San Diego. We hope you can come and see all 12 movies: all of them are enjoyable in different ways and express a precise point of view on our horizon.
Taken together, these films offer a rich and varied look at Italian cinema and speak to the uniqueness of our festival which is something to be proud of.
For more than 3000 years, people have flocked to the place we know as Naples. Greeks, Romans, Persians, Normans, Arabs, Jews, Spaniards have all left indelible traces, but none as rich, stunning or dangerous as the place itself. With beautiful people, landscapes, and architecture above and a mesmerizing and dangerous sea below, this is the yeast of Italy -- bubbling spiritually and physically, the furnaces of the earth right underfoot. How could cinema not adore this place and its people?
In 1895-6, when movies merely held the status of peep shows in the rest of the world, Naples’ Salone Margherita adapted its hall in the Galleria Umberto for film projection. From the beginning Naples itself was featured as a main actor in films, the best of which traveled across the world: Rossellini’s Paisan or Vittorio De Sica’s Shoeshine or The Gold of Naples, and an early entry, Marriage Italian Style, epitomize a special kind of Italian satire that laughs at the behavior and loves the person. And who could not love that quintessential model of Neapolitan woman, Sophia Loren, or the grace of Italian man Marcello Mastroianni.
Love, passion, music, incredible scenarios: this is Naples in the fantasy of audiences from all over the world. Even the Italian-American John Turturro in his Passione finds eternal fascination in the influences of European, African and Arab cultures in the Neapolitan song tradition. Less lovable, but sitting on that same fault line, is the Naples of destruction in films like Gomorrah and Perez. where the rough reality is almost unbearable.
The festival this year, once again, visits Naples in a light comedy Troppo Napoletano where we are invited to explore the city of contradictions that can so easily bring love and old bones together with a smile.
Join us as we kick off feStivale 2017 by taking over “The Gallery” in Little Italy and transforming it into Galleria Italia. We’ll have food from our friends at Ambrogio 15, Civico 1845, and Monello, desserts via Sweetaly, and ZIOBAFFA wine. There will be live music with Grayson Scheiner and the Great Silver Sun, art displays from Lamia Khorshid, and a sneak preview of this year’s films. Don’t miss the party!
This is a line-up of champions, but there will be more in music, dolci, coffee, marvelous wines, wonderful pictures of a hidden Naples from Lamia Khorshid, and a charming romantic comedy set in Naples. And of course great music, thanks to an ensemble of great artists: Rosario Monetti (voice), Carlos Velasco (guitar), Kevin Moraine (guitar), Dan Ochipinti (percussion).