Cinema Italian Style

Cinema Italian Style

November 7 - 14, 2019

SIFF's Cinema Italian Style features some of the best in current Italian films. Now in its 11th year, the week-long festival showcases extraordinary feature films with some of the biggest names in Italian cinema today.

Join us for una settimana di straordinari film italiani!

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Thursday, November 7
6:30 PM - Opening Night Film + Party: Parents in Progress

Friday, November 8
6:30 PM - My Brother Chases Dinosaurs
9:00 PM - The First King

Saturday, November 9
1:00 PM - The First King
4:00 PM - Archival Presentation: Illustrious Corpses
7:30 PM - The Traitor

Sunday, November 10
1:00 PM - My Brother Chases Dinosaurs
3:30 PM - Wine Sampling Event + Film: Let Me Introduce You to Sofia
6:15 PM - Dafne
8:30 PM - Just Like My Son

Monday, November 11
1:00 PM - Just Like My Son
3:30 PM - Lucia's Grace
6:00 PM - Butterfly
8:30 PM - Martin Eden

Tuesday, November 12
6:30 PM - Selfie
8:45 PM - Drive Me Home

Wednesday, November 13
6:30 PM - Bangla
8:45 PM - Lucia's Grace

Thursday, November 14
6:30 PM - Closing Night Film + Party: Good Girls

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Parents in Progress

Italy | 2019 | 85 minutes | Laura Chiossone

November 7, 2019

SIFF Cinema Uptown

Single mother Simona strives to make her son Filippo’s eighth birthday party perfect, but the bickering adults in the kitchen and an unexpected performance by Filippo upend all her plans.

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My Brother Chases Dinosaurs

Italy | 2019 | 102 minutes | Stefano Cipani

November 8 - 10, 2019

SIFF Cinema Uptown

Jack dotes on his younger brother Gio, whom he believes has superhero powers—but the truth about Gio is a little different, as Jack discovers during his difficult teenage years in this warm family dramedy.

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The First King

Italy | 2018 | 127 minutes | Matteo Rovere

November 8 - 9, 2019

SIFF Cinema Uptown

In this two-fisted epic, a prophecy foretells that one of two shepherd brothers, Romulus and Remus, will found the Roman empire—and kill the other.

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Illustrious Corpses

Italy | 1976 | 120 minutes | Francesco Rosi

November 9, 2019

SIFF Cinema Uptown

Someone is killing Supreme Court judges in Francesco Rosi’s brilliant 1976 thriller, set during a volatile period in Italian politics and starring Lino Ventura, Fernando Rey, and Max von Sydow.

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The Traitor

Italy | 2019 | 145 minutes | Marco Bellocchio

November 9, 2019

SIFF Cinema Uptown

The true story of Tommaso Buscetta, the “made man” who broke silence and brought down the Cosa Nostra during the deadliest period of the Mafia wars of the early 1980s.

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Let Me Introduce You to Sofia

Italy | 2018 | 95 minutes | Guido Chiesa

November 10, 2019

SIFF Cinema Uptown

A devoted dad smitten by his calda new girlfriend—who hates kids—tries to hide the existence of his 10-year-old daughter in this frazzled farce.

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Dafne

Italy | 2019 | 94 minutes | Federico Bondi

November 10, 2019

SIFF Cinema Uptown

After tragedy strikes, an irrepressible 35-year-old woman with Down syndrome embarks with her father on a cross-country adventure, bringing her new self-confidence and enabling them both to begin to heal.

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Just Like My Son

Italy | 2018 | 102 minutes | Costanza Quatriglio

November 10 - 11, 2019

SIFF Cinema Uptown

Years ago the war in Afghanistan separated two sons, who escaped to Europe, from their mother, who didn’t. Now she doesn’t—or won’t—recognize them in this tense drama based on a true story.

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Lucia's Grace

Italy | 2018 | 110 minutes | Gianni Zanasi

November 11 - 13, 2019

SIFF Cinema Uptown

A surveyor confronted with an ethical dilemma about an environmentally destructive building project receives divine guidance—from the Virgin, no less—in this light comedy.

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Butterfly

Italy | 2018 | 80 minutes | Alessandro Cassigoli, Casey Kauffman

November 11, 2019

SIFF Cinema Uptown

Follow the training regimen—and the struggles with newfound fame—of 18-year-old Irma Testa, the first female Italian boxer ever to qualify for the Olympics.

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Martin Eden

Italy | 2019 | 127 minutes | Pietro Marcello

November 11, 2019

SIFF Cinema Uptown

Jack London’s 1909 novel is transposed to Naples, as a sailor’s dream of the literary life as a way to pursue a beautiful upper-class woman clashes politically with his humbler background.

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Selfie

France | 2019 | 77 minutes | Agostino Ferrente

November 12, 2019

SIFF Cinema Uptown

This unusual documentary is an impressive collage about adolescence and friendship in a male world in which toughness reigns.

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Drive Me Home

Italy | 2018 | 93 minutes | Simone Catania

November 12, 2019

SIFF Cinema Uptown

Two estranged childhood friends, who once dreamt of traveling and conquering the world, embark on a truck trip across Europe when one of them returns to Sicily to find his roots.

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Bangla

Italy | 2019 | 87 minutes | Phaim Bhuiyan

November 13, 2019

SIFF Cinema Uptown

Director Phaim Bhuyan’s hit romantic comedy asks: How can a young Bangladeshi man, living in Rome, reconcile his attraction to a free-spirited Italian woman with Islam’s strict rules against extramarital sex?

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Good Girls

Italy | 2019 | 109 minutes | Michela Andreozzi

November 14, 2019

SIFF Cinema Uptown

Four friends, struggling to escape the men oppressing them in the sexist Italy of the early ’80s, disguise themselves as men and rob a bank in this comedy based on a true story.

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