Cinema Italian Style 2017

November 9 - 16, 2017

SIFF Cinema Uptown

SIFF's Cinema Italian Style returns for the ninth annual festival of the best in current Italian films. The week will showcase 16 extraordinary feature films with some of the biggest names in Italian cinema today.

TICKETS

$14 | $9 SIFF Members
Series Pass: $100 | $75 SIFF Members


PROGRAMMED FILMS

At War For Love

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

November 9, 2017

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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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There Is A Light

Italy | 2017 | 92 minutes | Fabio Mollo

November 10, 2017

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When Paolo, a recently-heartbroken sales clerk, meets pregnant Mia, a carefree back-up singer, she turns his life upside down. Together, they set out on an epic road trip that forces him to rediscover his passion for life.

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Something New

Italy | 2016 | 93 minutes | Cristina Comencini

November 10, 2017

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A love triangle between two 40-something friends and a dishevelled 19-year-old is the basis for a comedy of crossed wires and feelings 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

November 11, 2017

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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

November 11, 2017

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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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The War of the Yokels

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

Opens November 11, 2017

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Set in the 1970s sunbaked coast of Puglia, this fable of a war between the ruling elite and lower classes plays like a cross between LORD OF THE FLIES and THE GOONIES, with an eclectic ensemble cast made up almost entirely of children.

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Everything You Want

Italy | 2017 | 106 minutes | Francesco Bruni

Opens November 11, 2017

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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

November 11, 2017

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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

Opens November 12, 2017

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

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Let Yourself Go!

Italy | 2017 | 98 minutes | Francesco Amato

November 12, 2017

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This hilarious new screwball comedy stars the phenomenal Toni Servillo as an uptight psychoanalyst whose life is upended when he becomes involved with an effervescent personal trainer, well-versed in matters of the body, but less of the mind.

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Holding Hands

Italy | 2017 | 103 minutes | Gianni Amelio

November 12, 2017

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Meaty, 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

November 13, 2017

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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.

November 14, 2017

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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

November 15, 2017

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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

November 15, 2017

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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

November 16, 2017

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Closing Night Film! 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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