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October 4-15, 2017

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.

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An Italian Perspective

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.

Buona visione e buon divertimento!

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.

DON't MISS A SINGLE EVENT!
Find the right pass for you, and dive into the best of Italian cinema and culture.

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!

Saturday, September 30th
6:30 PM at The Gallery in Little Italy
THE GALLERY 1970 COLUMBIA STREET, STE A, SAN DIEGO, CA 92101
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This year’s films draw us into each filmmaker’s unique perspective on their subject matter and we’ve partnered with local organizations to bring you a larger perspective on those subjects. Many of the films we’re showing will include moderated panels with members of those organizations.
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4
OCT
7:30 PM
Fuocoammare
Fire at Sea
Documentary / Migration
Museum of Photographic Arts
Juxtaposing ordinary village life with the dangerous sea crossing made by African migrants, Fuocoammare provides a unique context for understanding what is happening on the European front lines of the migrant crisis.
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5
OCT
7:30 PM
La pazza gioia
Like Crazy
COMEDY
MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS
Two friends flee a mental institution in search of love and happiness in this captivating dramedy about the thin line between daring and insanity.
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6
OCT
7:30 PM
Era d’estate
Once In Summer
History / Biopic
MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS
The true story of anti-Mafia judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino’s exile to the island of Asinara and their history-making fight to bring the Mafia to justice.
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7
OCT
5:30 PM
Troppo napoletano
From Naples With Love
COMEDY
MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS
An outgoing young boy and a shy man team up to win the hearts of the women they love in this exhilarating comedy set against the backdrop of the most beautiful sights in Naples.

Included with Gala ticket.
No General Admission.
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8
OCT
7:30 PM
Veloce come il vento
Italian Race
COMEDY
MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS
A grieving young girl enlists the help of her former champion brother to win a high stakes Gran Turismo race and save their family business in this adrenaline packed action movie.
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9
OCT
7:30 PM
My Country
My Country
Road Movie / INDEPENDENT
MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS
When Lucky De Luca’s father passes away shortly after revealing that he has another child in Italy, Lucky embarks on a journey from the U.S. to the picturesque region of Molise to find his half brother.
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10
OCT
7:30 PM
Tiramisu For Two
Tiramisu For Two
Dark Comedy / independent
MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS
A Texan-Italian dark comedy about one man’s search for a long lost love.
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11
OCT
7:30 PM
Femminismo!
Feminism!
Documentary
MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS
An insightful look at the history of feminism in Italy from the battles of the 1970s to the YouTube generation.
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12
OCT
7:30 PM
Fiore
Fiore
Coming-of-age / Romance
MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS
A coming-of-age story about a young girl’s irrepressible quest for love.
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13
OCT
7:30 PM
Indivisibili
Indivisible
Drama
MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS
Beautiful and talented conjoined twins navigate the unique demands of their world in an eccentric fable about the pains of growing up.
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14
OCT
7:30 PM
Leoni
A Holy Venetian Family
COMEDY
Fleet Science Center
A comedy about a ne’er do well trust fund baby who loses the family fortune and must find new reserves within himself to reinstate the family’s status.
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15
OCT
7:30 PM
Loro chi?
Them Who?
COMEDY
San Diego Natural History Museum
When Davide seeks revenge against a charismatic con artist, he finds himself on an unexpected and raucous adventure!
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FESTIVAL TRAILER

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).

Chef Alfonso Pisacane
Chef Tae Dickey
Chef Stefano Ceresoli
Matteo Cattaneo
Saturday, October 7th
5:30-9:30 PM. Museum of Photographic Arts
$75 General Public
$60 SDIFF Members, Students & Military
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