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SIFF's Cinema Italian Style's ninth year featured some of the best in current Italian films. The week-long festival showcased 16 extraordinary feature films with some of the biggest names in Italian cinema today.

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PROGRAMMED FILMS

At War For Love

Italy | 2016 | 99 minutes | Pif (Pierfrancesco Diliberto)

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Opening Night Film! In this WWII black comedy, the penniless-but lovestruck Arturo joins the US Army for a free ride to Italy, so he can track down Flora’s Sicilian father for permission to marry her.

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The War of the Yokels

Italy | 2017 | 100 minutes | Davide Barletti, Lorenzo Conte

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With an eclectic cast made up almost entirely of children, this fable of a war between the ruling elite and lower classes plays like a cross between LORD OF THE FLIES and THE GOONIES.

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Something New

Italy | 2016 | 93 minutes | Cristina Comencini

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A love triangle between two 40-something friends and a 19-year-old is the basis for a comedy of crossed wires that pays tribute to the freedom of letting go, at any age, to the joys of sex and levity.

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Umberto D.

Italy | 1952 | 88 minutes | Vittorio De Sica

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Vittorio De Sica’s neorealist masterpiece follows an elderly pensioner striving to make ends meet in post-war Italy, and is widely recognized as one of the most compelling classics of world cinema.

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Naples '44

Italy | 2016 | 84 minutes | Francesco Patierno

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Weaving together unique archival and feature film footage with Benedict Cumberbatch’s narration, director Francesco Patierno creates a vivid, lyrical account of post-war Naples.

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There Is A Light

Italy | 2017 | 92 minutes | Fabio Mollo

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Guest in attendance. Paolo and Mia, an introverted clerk and a unconventional pregnant woman, go on a road trip looking for the father of Mia's unborn daughter. North American Premiere.

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Everything You Want

Italy | 2017 | 106 minutes | Francesco Bruni

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Guest in attendance. When Alessandro takes a job as a companion for an elderly, Alzheimer’s-stricken poet, they slowly piece together Giorgio’s long-buried memories, revealing clues to a hidden treasure.

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Emma

Italy | 2017 | 117 minutes | Silvio Soldini

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When good-looking serial womanizer Teo meets Emma, a newly single blind physical therapist, neither takes it seriously. But emotions are hard to predict in this charming and absorbing romance. US Premiere

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Wife & Husband

Italy | 2016 | 100 minutes | Simone Godano

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Dazzling Italian superstars Pierfrancesco Favino and Kasia Smutniak sizzle on screen together in this romantic farce about modern relationships in this brilliant new take on the body swap comedy.

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Let Yourself Go!

Italy | 2017 | 98 minutes | Francesco Amato

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Guest in attendance. In this screwball comedy, An uptight psychologist gets more than just a physical workout when he signs up for personal training sessions with an attractive young instructor. Winner of the 2017 Italian Golden Globe for Best Comedy.

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Holding Hands

Italy | 2017 | 103 minutes | Gianni Amelio

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Profound and moving drama from Italian maestro Gianni Amelio exploring loneliness, heartbreak, and complicated family relations in modern-day Naples, anchored by understated performances from its superb cast.

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A Ciambra

Italy | 2017 | 120 minutes | Jonas Carpignano

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When 14 year-old Pio’s older brother Cosimo disappears and things begin to fall apart in their Roma community, Pio is forced to make an unexpectedly adult decision.

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Love and Bullets

Italy | 2017 | 139 minutes | Manetti Bros.

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Guests in attendance. Ammo may be flying but there's always time for a sing-along in Love and Bullets, a playful mafia musical where the crooks really can croon in the latest Naples set adventure from the Manetti Bros. US Premiere

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Lucky

Italy | 2017 | 103 minutes | Sergio Castellitto

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Jasmine Trinca delivers an award-winning performance as a brassy young mother determined to create an independent life for herself. What she didn’t count on was a new romance with her daughter’s therapist.

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Pawn Street

Italy | 2016 | 85 minutes | Irene Dionisio

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Irene Dionisio's debut feature is a gripping moral drama that interlaces three storylines around a pawn shop in Turin.

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Easy

Italy | 2017 | 91 minutes | Andrea Magnani

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Closing Night Film with guest in attendance! Italian director Andrea Magnani finds the right tone in lightly-paced, deeply observed film about an obese and depressed man, Easy, trying to transport a coffin from Italy to a village in the Ukraine.

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