For the eighth year SIFF is presenting its annual celebration of the best of current Italian films.

10/25/2016 | SIFF Festivals
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 A week of films, guests, and parties to celebrate the best of Italian cinema
What: Cinema Italian Style
Where: SIFF Cinema Uptown
When: Nov 10 - 17

SEATTLE --- OCTOBER 25, 2016 --- For the eighth year SIFF is presenting its annual celebration of the best of current Italian films. The week-long event runs November 10 through November 17 at SIFF Cinema Uptown, and features fifteen extraordinary features with some of the biggest names in Italian Cinema today.The week kicks off on Thursday with our Opening Night film, Like Crazy, directed by SIFF favorite Paolo Virzi (Human Capital), and starring Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Micaela Ramazzotti (neither of whom have been better), as two patients who sneak away from a mental hospital for a journey that's funny, touching, and surprising.  Join us after the film for our Opening Night Party in the Penthouse at Hotel Sorrento. Highlights include 2016 Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear award-winner for Best Film and Italy's Oscar® submission for Best Foreign Language Film, Fire at Sea, a documentary about the refugee crisis that contrasts the horror stories of migrants with the life of an average 12 year-old kid in Lampedusa; Anna (For Your Love), with a tour-de-force performance by star Valeria Golino, who garnered the Best Actress award at the Venice Film Festival; Indivisible, about conjoined twins who reluctantly face independence when they learn they can be separated; classic Italian film lovers will have an opportunity to see Ettore Scola's 1977 film A Special Day on the big screen, starring the incomparable pairing of Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni; and the chilling Libera Nos, winner of Best Film at the Venice Film Festival, a documentary that reveals the bizarre increase in exorcisms throughout Italy and Europe and the resulting demand for trained exorcists.

As a bonus, on Sunday, November 13 at 2:00pm - prior to director Laura Morante's Solo - Chateau Ste Michelle will present an hour-long wine tasting event, replete with delicious pairings of wines with antipasti selections - plus a tour of Italy with one of the oldest wine companies in the world, the Antinori family vintners, a wine company that goes back six centuries and 26 generations! 

"Cinema Italian Style gets more exciting every year" says Beth Barrett, Interim Artistic Director of SIFF. "These films in our eighth festival are a great mix of comedy, documentary, and drama, with messages that are both incredibly timely and universal. We are proud to feature Paolo Genovese's Perfect Strangers, starring an impressive ensemble cast about a dinner party that spirals out of control; the return of director Claudio Giovanesi (Cinema Italian Style 2009, The House in the Clouds) with his compelling drama about young love, Fiore; Davide Ferrario's stunning and provocative hybrid documentarySexxx; and our Closing Night film, Opposites Attract with director Max Croci in attendance, followed by a fantastic after-party at the Atrium in Pacific Place (catered by the one and only, Il Fornio). 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!

See the Full Lineup Here
For screeners, interview requests, and press passes please contact Leah Anderson.

Tickets: Individual Tickets: $12 | $11 Youth (20 & under) and Seniors (65+) | $7 MembersFestival Pass: $100| $75 Members (Includes Opening Night Film & Party)Vouchers and passes are valid for admission.

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 80 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 175,000 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.