11/3/2015 | SIFF Cinema
Leah Anderson | | 206.315.0683 x.685

What: Cinema Italian Style 

Where: SIFF Cinema Uptown

When: Nov 12 - 19

SIFF presents Cinema Italian Style, its seventh annual celebration of the best in current Italian films. The eight-day event will feature 15 extraordinary features with some of the biggest names in Italian cinema today. Including David di Donatello's Award-winning films God Willing, 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). In addition, SIFF will present two 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 cult master Claudio Caligari's final film (Don't Be Bad, Italy's Oscar® submission).

Join us Opening Night for a semi-autobiographical family drama from master director Nanni Moretti (The Son's Room). Margherita Buy stars 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. Join us after the film for our Opening Night Party at Top of the Town at Hotel Sorrento!

For our spectacular Closing Night, SIFF presents Latin Lover, a charming screwball comedy of love and family is a witty take on classic Italian cinema and features the great Virna Lisi in her final screen appearance. Join us after the film for our Closing Night Party at Melrose Market Studios!

Special guests will travel to Seattle to attend Cinema Italian Style and connect with film audiences, including filmmakers Marco Pontecorvo and Marco Valerio Pugini (Partly Cloudy (with Sunny Spells) on Nov 13and actor Alessandro Borghi (Don't Be Bad on Nov 14 & 15).

"Cinema Italian Style gets more exciting every year" says Carl Spence, Artistic and Co-Director of SIFF." These films in our seventh festival are a great mix of comedy, documentary, and drama, with messages that are both incredibly timely and universal. We are proud to feature the Italian submission to the Academy Awards, Claudio Caligari's Don't Be Bad, 2014 Oscar® winner Paolo Sorrentino's new film Youth, and two great films starring the inimitable John Turturro: Partly Cloudy (With Sunny Spells) and Nanni Moretti's My Mother, our Opening Night Film. Many of the films are award winners or were big hits with Italian audiences - I'm pleased that Seattle audiences will have a chance to see them."

Bookended by two fabulous parties and with special guests in attendance, the week promises to be una settimana di film straordinario!


Ticket Info:


$100 | $75 SIFF Members

Admits holder to all screenings in the Cinema Italian Style series November 12 - 19 at SIFF Cinema Uptown. Includes Opening Night Film and Party and Closing Night Film and Party (non-transferable).


Opening and Closing Nights

Film and Party: $25 | $20 Members

A limited number of tickets are available for Opening and Closing Night celebrations.

Film only:  $12 | $7 Members | $11 Youth and Seniors


General Admission

$12 | $7 Members | $11 Youth and Seniors

Matinees: $9 | $7 Members


SIFF Cinema passes and vouchers are valid for films only.


 See the full lineup here. 


For screeners, interview requests, and press passes or tickets, please contact Leah Anderson.



About SIFF


Founded in 1976, SIFF creates experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films

from around the world with the Seattle International Film Festival, SIFF Cinema, and SIFF Education.

Recognized as one of the top film festivals in North America, the Seattle International Film Festival is

the largest, most highly attended film festival in the United States, reaching more than 150,000

annually. The 25-day festival is renowned for its wide-ranging and eclectic programming, presenting

over 450 features, short films, and documentaries from over 70 countries each year. SIFF Cinema

exhibits premiere theatrical engagements, repertory, classic, and revival film showings 365 days a year

on five screens at the SIFF Cinema Uptown, SIFF Cinema Egyptian, and SIFF Film Center, reaching

more than 120,000 attendees annually. SIFF Education offers educational programs for all audiences

serving more than 13,000 students and youth in the community with free programs each year.