Cinema Italian Style 2015

November 12-19, 2015

Featuring David di Donatello Award-winning films God Willing, Nanni Moretti's My Mother, nuanced drama The Dinner, and actor/director Edoardo Leo's The Legendary Giulia and Other Miracles (also the Italian Golden Globe winner for Best Comedy) alongside critically acclaimed films from the Taviani Brothers (with a stunning new restoration of Oscar® winner The Night of Shooting Stars and their new film Wondrous Boccaccio), incredibly timely drama Mediterranea from debut director Jonas Carpignano, Cristina Comencini's comedy Latin Lover, and recently departed cult master Claudio Caligari (Don't Be Bad, Italy's Oscar® submission, Venice winner). Bookended by two fabulous parties and with special guests in attendance, the week promises to be a settimana di film straordinario!


Individual Tickets: $12 | $11 Youth (20 & under) and Seniors (65+) | $9 Matinees | $7 Members
Festival Pass: $100 | $75 Members (includes Opening and Closing Night Films & Parties)
Opening Night Film and Party*: $25 | $20 Members
Closing Night Film and Party*: $25 | $20 Members

SIFF Cinema vouchers and passes are valid for admission to films only.

* Limited number of tickets available for Opening Night Party at Top of the Town at Hotel Sorrento and Closing Night Party at Melrose Market Studios.

My Mother

Italy | 2015 | 106 minutes | Nanni Moretti

November 12, 2015

This tender, semi-autobiographical family drama from master director Nanni Moretti (The Son's Room) features Margherita Buy as an earnest film director in the midst of production who is juggling her mother's illness, her daughter's adolescence, and the recent arrival of a brash yet insecure American actor, played by the great John Turturro.<br/>

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Partly Cloudy (with Sunny Spells)

Italy | 2015 | 95 minutes | Marco Pontecorvo

November 13, 2015

This touchingly comic story of friendship at an impasse starts when two business partners (Luca Zingaretti and Pasquale Petrolo) discover oil on their property. One sees the possibility of financial stability, while the other worries about the environmental impact, and their relationship is strained even further when an unscrupulous U.S. oil baron (John Turturro) takes an interest in their find.<br/>

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Wondrous Boccaccio

Italy | 2015 | 121 minutes | Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani

November 13 - 14, 2015

Set against the backdrop of a 14th century, black plague-stricken Florence, ten young men and women escape to a country estate where they spend their days telling stories of love, fate, and resurrection. From legendary Italian filmmaking brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Wondrous Boccaccio is an invitation to experience the narrative charm of one of the greatest European storytellers of all time.

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United Kingdom | 2015 | 90 minutes | Cosima Spender

November 14, 2015

The enthralling documentary travels to Tuscany for a behind the scenes look at the world's oldest horse race, the Palio, where jockeys will do whatever it takes to win _ including taking bribes and fixing races. When upstart jockey Giovanni Atzeni challenges the status quo, including his former mentor Gigi Bruschelli, one of the winningest riders in the race's history, it ignites a battle at the center of an Italian tradition.

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Don't Be Bad

Italy | 2015 | 100 minutes | Claudio Caligari

November 14 - 15, 2015

Italy's official submission for the 2016 Academy Award, director Claudio Caligari's final film is a gritty Pasolini-esque story set in the outskirts of Rome in the 1990s, where three young friends are sucked into a dangerous and hedonistic world of organized crime, synthetic drugs, and fast living.

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Italy | 2015 | 123 minutes | Paolo Sorrentino

November 14, 2015

This heartwarming new film from Academy Award-winning director Paolo Sorrentino (THE GREAT BEAUTY) stars Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel as two old friends who reflect on their past, present, and the beauty and absurdity of the world during a vacation in the Swiss Alps.

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The Night of the Shooting Stars

Italy | 1982 | 105 minutes | Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani

November 15, 2015

The Taviani Brothers' surreal and suspenseful masterpiece, the story of an Italian village's struggles at the end of World War II as told through the eyes of a 6-year-old girl, returns in a newly remastered print supervised by the directors. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. <br/>

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The Ice Forest

Italy | 2014 | 100 minutes | Claudio Noce

November 15, 2015

Set in the Julian Alps along Italy's border with Slovenia, an area rife with illegal human trafficking, this lavishly filmed thriller reveals the hidden secrets and underlying tensions of a town weighted down by a cold-blooded vendetta, one that is beginning to thaw after 20 years on ice.

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The Dinner

Italy | 2014 | 92 minutes | Ivano De Matteo

November 15, 2015

This unsettling drama takes place during a dinner between two couples meeting to discuss the terrible repercussions of an unimaginable crime committed by their children. As the courses are delivered, civility and friendship fall by the wayside as each couple proves how far they are prepared to go to protect their loved ones.

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Germany | 2015 | 107 minutes | Jonas Carpignano

November 16, 2015

This timely, human drama of the immigrant experience follows two friends, Ayiva and Abas, who make their way from Burkina Faso to southern Italy, only to discover that tensions in the local community make life increasingly dangerous. "A powerful neorealist relevant to our here and now that it practically explodes off the screen." - Twitch

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Me and Her

Italy | 2015 | 97 minutes | Maria Sole Tognazzi

November 16, 2015

Director Maria Sole Tognazzi (A Five Star Life) pairs two of Italy's finest actresses, Margherita Buy and Sabrina Ferilli, in this romantic comedy between two women, one who has been out for years, and the other recently divorced and exploring her first same sex relationship. <br/>

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An Italian Name

Italy | 2015 | 94 minutes | Francesca Archibugi

November 17, 2015

In this uproarious un-PC comedy of manners, an Italian update of the French farce What's In a Name?, a peaceful dinner party featuring the friends and family of an expecting couple explodes into chaos over an unlikely hot-button topic: the name of their unborn son. <br/>

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God Willing

Italy | 2015 | 87 minutes | Edoardo Falcone

November 17, 2015

Winner of the Italian Oscar for Best New Director, Edoardo Falcone's comedy of spiritual awakening follows Tommaso, a staunchly atheist patriarch whose son shocks him by coming out _ as a wanna-be priest. Now, Tommaso is on a mission to uncover the truth behind the charismatic holy man that he believes has brain-washed his family.

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The Legendary Giulia and Other Miracles

Italy | 2015 | 115 minutes | Edoardo Leo

November 18, 2015

In this award-winning farce, a group of middle-aged men (and one very pregnant woman) fleeing from city life decide to pool their resources and open an "eco-farm" bed and breakfast in the country. But putting their all into the project may not be enough, especially when the local mafioso comes looking for his cut.

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Latin Lover

Italy | 2014 | 104 minutes | Cristina Comencini

November 19, 2015

Ten years after Italy's most beloved movie star (and most prolific ladies' man) passed away, his five daughters from relationships around the world come together for a revealing reunion. This charming screwball comedy of love and family includes a witty take on classic Italian cinema and features the great Virna Lisi in her final screen appearance.

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