Saturday, October 26, 2013 | 7:30 PM
In a small town in Sicily in 1905, a miracle is taking over the town — emptying the bars, the dance halls and the piazza. The dead are forever alive and worlds beyond the town walls are suddenly real and present. The miracle is the latest technology — moving pictures, and people come again and again to see the images on screen, unsure if what they see is real or not.
For Federico, the moving images capture his imagination, and he trades medical studies for screen writing and directing. His first film is an unexpected hit, combining as it does, the salacious and the saintly in the biblical story of Susannah, the virtuous beauty spied upon by two lecherous elders as she bathes. But who will play Susannah? Federico thinks first of the upper class Beatrice, a writer who has fallen in love with him. However, his eye and his camera soon fall on the unsuspecting peasant fortuneteller, Marianna, as she bathes in the river – and her stolen image bewitches the audience night after night as the virtuous Susannah. As Federico becomes more and more famous for the film, Marianna becomes more and more infamous — scorned as a harlot by those who cannot tell the difference between reality and the movies. Marianna and Susannah finally meet and Federico learns a valuable lesson in the power of images.
The Trick in the Sheet is a gorgeously shot film, directed by noted Mexican director, Alfonso Arau (Like Water for Chocolate). The stunning Maria Grazia Cuccinotta (Il Postino) stars as Marianna and also wrote and produced the film. She is joined by a cast of notable actors, including Geraldine Chaplin (Dr. Zhivago, Chaplin) and Primo Reggiani (The Sicilian Girl).
The Central Library Downtown
330 Park Blvd., San Diego CA 92101
The Central Library is the newest venue in town, having just been opened. SDIFF is among the first arts organizations to use this stunning venue, and we want you to know that access and parking are very easy here. Two large parking facilities are available within a block of the venue. Tailgate Park–immediately to the south, at Park and K. And just to the north of the Central Library is a parking structure, Padres Parkade at 440 11th Ave, San Diego 92101. The Padres Parkade is just two blocks north of the Central Library, and Tailgate Park is just a block south.
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