SIFF’s Cinema Italian Style festival returns to celebrate the best of Italian Cinema - November 10-17 at SIFF Cinema Uptown

10/21/2022 |
Madison Zimmerman |

SIFF’s weeklong Italian film festival returns for its 14th year, showcasing a striking lineup of 14 films and with the attendance of 3 filmmakers - tickets are on sale now

SEATTLE – SIFF’s 14th annual Cinema Italian Style Festival will return on November 10 and run through November 17, screening 14 films at SIFF Cinema Uptown with 8 titles available for streaming. Tickets for the festival, a celebration of the best Italian films of the year (I migliori film italiani di quest'anno), are on sale now.

“We’re proud to be bringing this festival back for its 14th year to showcase the absolute best in Italian Cinema,” says SIFF’s Programming Manager Stan Shields, “these films are captivating, heartbreaking, funny, inspiring, and bringing them to Seattle audiences is what SIFF is all about.”

The festival will open with Italy’s 2022 Official Oscar Submission & Nastro d’Argento Award Winner Nostalgia, and features Michelangelo Antonioni’s newly restored classic Red Desert, Gianni Amelio’s tale of Italian poet Aldo Braibanti in Lord of the Ants, Jasmine Trinca’s directorial debut Marcel!, and closing night film Breaking Up in Rome. Filmmakers will accompany a variety of screenings for greetings and audience Q&A’s including director Silvia Brunelli for Blessed Boys, Michele Vannucci for Delta, and Carolina Cavalli for Amanda.

Passes for the event are on sale for $75 for SIFF members and $100 for non-members. Tickets for individual in-person screenings and select virtual screenings are $9 for SIFF members (on sale October 20) and $14 for non-members (on sale October 21).

Streaming options will also be available for select films and dates on the SIFF Channel, SIFF’s online streaming portal, across the U.S. including Breaking Up in Rome, Like Turtles, The Code of SilenceThe Legionnaire, The Adventures of Gigi the Law, Blessed Boys, and Nostalgia (only available for streaming in WA state).

Press links are available for films in addition to limited screening tickets for limited members of the press. To RSVP and submit filmmaker interview requests, email


SIFF Cinema Uptown: Nov. 10-17

Nostalgia: Acclaimed writer/director Mario Martone’s absorbing and suspenseful new drama follows a man with a troubled past who returns to his native Neapolitan neighborhood after 40 years of absence.
(Italy, France, 2022, 108 min., Mario Martone)
Thursday, November 10 @ 7:00PM

Marx Can Wait: Nearly 50 years after the death of his twin brother at the age of 29, Marco Bellocchio gathers his family to reconstruct Camillo’s disappearance. In this documentary, combining intimate conversations with archival material, family movies and his own oeuvre, Marco attempts to manifest a ghost he has been dealing with his entire life.
(Italy, 2021, 95 min., Marco Bellocchio)
Friday, November 11 @ 4:30PM

Blessed Boys: In a sunny district of Naples where everyone knows each other, Mario and Lino, two inseparable friends, live day by day in the monotony of neighborhood life until their fraternal friendship is put to the test.
(Italy, 2021, 97 min., Silvia Brunelli)
Friday, November 11 @ 7:00PM - director Silvia Brunelli scheduled to attend

Red Desert: Starring the incandescent Monica Vitti as a neurotic housewife who looks to others for solace and comfort, but finds none in a desolate sulfur-yellow tinted mining town. Antonioni’s newly restored classic is one of the most innovative uses of color cinematography on record.
(Italy, France, 1964, 120 min., Michelangelo Antonioni)
Saturday, November 12 @ 2:00PM

The Adventures of Gigi the Law: Gigi is a rural traffic officer where nothing ever happens. When a young girl dies (not the first suicide in the town), Gigi starts investigating a strange world, between reality and fantasy, in which a garden is a jungle and where an ever-smiling policeman keeps his heart open to love.
(Italy, France, Belgium, 2022, 102 min., Alessandro Comodin)
Saturday, November 12 @ 5:00PM

Lord of the Ants: Based on true events from 1968, Italian poet, playwright and director Aldo Braibanti (Luigi Lo Cascio) is prosecuted and sentenced to prison for the love he shares with his much younger pupil, Ettore.
(Italy, 2022, 134 min., Gianni Amelio)
Saturday, November 12 @ 7:45PM

A Girl Returned: From the director of Cinema Italian Style hit Kidz comes an entrancing and emotionally precise meditation on childhood and family set in the summer of 1975.
(Italy, Switzerland, 2021, 113 min., Guiseppe Bonito)
Sunday, November 13 @ 2:00PM

Delta: A clash between fishermen and poachers is surging on the Po river delta. Local volunteers want to save the river from overfishing and defend it from a family with bad intentions. Tension escalates in the community as it becomes overtaken by blind violence and a thirst for vengeance.
(Italy, 2022, 105 min., Michele Vannucci)
Sunday, November 13 @ 5:00PM - director Michele Vannucci scheduled to attend

The Legionnaire: Daniel, the only African Italian officer in Rome's riot police division, is asked to evict families from an apartment building they are squatting in; one of those families is his own.
(Italy, France, 2021, 82 min., Hleb Papou)
Sunday, November 13 @ 8:00PM

Amanda: The feature debut from writer-director Carolina Cavalli is a playful character study of a quirky but combative young woman who struggles to connect with others.
(Italy, 2022, 94 min., Carolina Cavalli)
Monday, November 14 @ 6:30PM - director Carolina Cavalli scheduled to attend

The Code of Silence: Since becoming an orphan, Rosa moves to her uncle’s family in a remote village in Calabria. When the truth emerges about her mother’s mysterious death, Rosa seeks revenge against her own blood. However, when your family belongs to the ‘Ndrangheta mafia, a single failed step can lead to death.
(Italy, 2022, 120 min., Francesco Costabile)
Tuesday, November 15 @ 6:30PM

Marcel!: A dark but playful fable about love and loss, and a young girl’s struggle to wrest her mother’s attentions from her pet dog onto herself.
(Italy, France, 2022, 93 min., Jasmine Trinca)
Wednesday, November 16 @ 6:30PM

Like Turtles: Midlife crisis meets coming-of-ager in this sensitive, tragicomic yet elegant first film set in Rome, and directed by Italian actress Monica Dugo.
(Italy, 2022, 82 min., Monica Dugo)
Thursday, November 17 @ 4:15PM

Breaking Up in Rome: What if you found out your girlfriend's secrets? And what if that secret was her leaving you? Directed by, starring, and co-written by Edoardo Leo, this romantic comedy asks how difficult it is to separate after a long relationship, while paying homage to the eternal city of Rome.
(Italy, 2021, 116 min., Edoardo Leo)
Thursday, November 17 @ 6:30PM

SIFF Cinema Italian Style is presented by Flyhomes, Inc. and Seattle-Perugia Sister City Association.

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