Sunday, October 27, 2013   |   7:00 pm

Benvenuto Presidente

Welcome, President

  • Director: Riccardo Milani
  • Cast: Claudio Bisio, Kasia Smutniak, Franco Ravera, Gianni Cavina, Patrick Rispo, Piera Degli Esposti
  • Year: 2013
  • Duration: 100 mins
  • Tickets: Online and Location
  • Cost: $14.00 at the door. Save through Early Bird purchase online – members $11, all others $12. Deadline for Early Bird specials is Oct. 25.

This is an affable film with a strong message about Italian politics and civic responsibility told with heart and humor.

Through a series of missteps and coincidences, Giuseppe Garibaldi, the local librarian and fisherman from a small mountain village, has been elected president of Italy. Having agreed to renounce the post, he changes his mind once he sees how things really operate. He is an “everyman” thrust into a powerful position, making changes he has only dreamed of.

Benvenuto, Presidente is a hilarious combination of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington meets the Keystone cops with an homage to anarchy and Janis Joplin. A new comedy by Riccardo Milani, the film unmasks corruption in the Italian government and offers the country an education in personal responsibility. The film calls the citizens of Italy to civic accountability through the metaphor of an ordinary man forced to grapple with the difficult and overwhelming task of being a responsible citizen.

Parking Information

Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA)

1649 El Prado  San Diego, CA 92101

Parking lots are available in Balboa Park, both to the north and south of MOPA, including behind the Organ Pavilion, south of the Science Museum, and north of the Natural Sciences Museum.  Another option is a lot near the Naval Medical Center just to the east of Park Blvd. and President’s Way.  The Park runs a trolley from the parking lot there up to the Plaza de Panama.

Purchase Tickets Online!


Museum of Photographic Arts
1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
T: 619.238.7559

Thank you to the Sara & Frank Antonicelli and Madelena Sciacca for making this screening possible.

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