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A 20 page oversized Italian-style newspaper featuring the the 2009 films of the SD Italian Film Festival. Designed by Miriello Grafico, San Diego, CA.

A 20 page oversized Italian-style newspaper featuring the the 2009 films of the SD Italian Film Festival. Designed by Miriello Grafico, San Diego, CA.

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    • san diego italian film festivale Not just Italian films – an Italian perspective. October 16 09 November 7 design: Miriello Grafico sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com san Diego Exclusive Film 2009 Film Series ExclusivE REviEws Ongoing sDiFF Film Screenings Retrospective of viRzÌ Films Screened at MoPA and The Birch PREmiEREs 2009 Festival GAlA Invitation North Park Theatre
    • san diego italian film festival 2009 Sharing Italian Culture through Cinema October 16 to November 7 3 Creativity flows even when commerce is blocked. When business slows – ideas grow, rethinking new purposes for the old, Design è una bella stimulating new connections between strangers, giving form to new dreams. SALVE lingua. Design is a powerful language, a mighty generator of the new and the next. Why we love the Piazza. The San Diego Italian Film Festival (SDIFF) has an ambitious goal: To make San Diego a high spot for Ital- ian culture. Italy gives the world culture, and we at my table in our piazza, all the Italians pass by with their beth accomando want to share that culture through stories: old, young, sweet, angry, lovers arm in arm or arguing, the happy or depressed, seek- the movies we bring directly from ing or relaxing. Here past and future meet, here history lives and also has a place at the table, Italy – great, award-winning, recent and here we see and hear conversations from all over, from past and future, all speaking of design is a beautiful language. (with English subtitles), all with inter- passion and hope and despair. And with a good dose of laughter. esting stories of relationships, love, This year our piazza has the past especially in a genre, commedia all’italiana. And there is hate, work, food, identity, all the pas- also the director who, in his forays into many genres, carries on a long conversation with sions of life. his predecessors, Pupi Avati known for his deft touch in every story type, and the current acknowledged heir of commedia all’italiana, Paolo Virzì, a master and yet young enough to KPBS Film Critic The SDIFF shows films throughout be the new guy. We have these two speaking to each other and to us across the festival, Excerpt from Beth Accomando’s 2008 review the year to a continually growing au- retrospective for Virzì, gala celebration for Avati. of the San Diego Italian Film Festival dience, last year filling over 5,000 The San Diego Italian Film Festival, And there’s always room for more in the piazza. Importantly, all our films are San Diego now in its second year, "invites you seats. Almost all films are San Diego premieres. They show up here only in our piazza, and you’ll see these only by spending some to celebrate life in the social piazza premieres, and the SDIFF is practical- of cinema with recent films that de- time with us. And several of these films have wonderful directors making their debut appear- pict life in Italy." ly the only movie bridge between our ance on the big screen: Giuseppe Gagliardi, Daniele Gangemi, Ivan Polidoro, Pietro Reggiani, by Although just in its sophomore year, local scene and Italian culture every- Massimo Andrei, Giulio Manfredonia. Come, sit with these guys, all have great stories. Visit the festival has a maturity about it. where. And SDIFF also works at devel- our piazza, taste italianità. Maybe you get that feeling from the level of conversation at the panel oping story-telling abilities, especially Thank you for joining us for the 2009 San Diego Italian Film Festival. discussions. The first year I had the among the young, who will continue honor of being part of a panel fol- lowing a screening of I'm Not Scared to create the culture we admire. and the authors and academics, For a little while we can all be Italian; along with the audience members provided a very lively, lengthy, and when we see an Italian film presented in depth conversation about the by the San Diego Italian Film Festival, victor laruccia film. The willingness of the festi- Executive Director SDIFF val organizers to set aside a good we can join in a great moment of cul- photography: Ken West chunk of time for discussion reflects tural creation all over the world, and SDIFF Board of Directors: a different attitude than most of the at the same time know that all the Roberto Ruocco, Don Stadelli, Clarissa Clò, Pasquale Verdicchio, Giuseppe Annino, other festivals that are usually more Don Santamaria, Janice Laruccia, Anthea Beletsis pressed for time with a greater num- world is contained in this one story ber of films packed into fewer days. we share right here, right now. SDIFF Branding / Publication: The only event that's not free is the Design Firm: Miriello Grafico Gala… If last year is any indication Creative Director: Ron Miriello of what this year's Gala will be like then be prepared for some incredible Designers: Lauren English, Chiara Occhipinti, Jose Alonso food and film. Follow us on twitter @sditalianfilm –Beth Accomando MG sdiff partners: Istituto Italiano di Cultura L o s A n g e l e s / brand expression Istituto Italiano Di Cultura, Museum Of Photographic Arts Alonso Creative Italian Cultural Center Miriello Grafico Los Angeles www.mopa.org www.alonsocreative.com www.icc-sd.org www.miriellografico.com www.iiclosangeles.esteri.it/IIC_Losangeles / brand expression sdiff sponsors: Linnie Cooper Foundation / The June & Mark Fabiani Family / The Janice & Victor Laruccia Family / UCSD / SDSU / The Miriello Family Villa Capri – Caterer To The Festival www.villacapriristorante.com/ / House Of Italy www.houseofitaly.net/ / Don & Maria Santamaria Miriello Grafico is a marketing communications firm that uses the language of design to affect media sponsors: Art Rocks! / Union-Tribune / Joe Annino / Radicondoli (Siena) ProLoco / Riviera Magazine change. We provide our expertise in brand development, marketing and print / web design, friends of sdiff: SD Jewish Film Festival / Italo Scanga Foundation / Mary Robinson / Tullio Cerciello Imports / Giffoni International Film Festival / Athenaeum Music and Art Library La Jolla so global communities like the San Diego Italian Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego / San Diego Latino Film Festival / North Park Main Street / City of San Diego Redevelopment Agency Film Festival can expand and new bridges can form. World of Words amici degli amici: Ron Miriello, 2008 PL ASTICARTA S.R.L. steel, aluminum, paper WWW.miriellografico.com sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com
    • 4 October 16 to November 7 Sharing Italian Culture through Cinema san diego italian film festival 2009 san diego italian film festival 2009 Sharing Italian Culture through Cinema October 16 to November 7 5 Alien invAsions thE sdiff OctObER 16–NOvEmbER 7 voices of the festivale The “voice” of the SDIFF is [san Diego italian Film Festival meets Giffoni Film Festival] enriched by the combined 60 years of study of Italian 2009 All to be screened at 7pm at the Museum of Photographic Arts in culture, history, film and art Film schEDulE Balboa Park, except November 6 at the Birch North Park Theatre. that our three professors OCTOBER 22 OCTOBER paolo virzì, 100 min., 1997 bring to the festival. Their discussions and reviews of the films make them more Ferie d’agosto ovosodo 16 than entertainment – but (August Vacation) (Hardboiled Egg) really an invitation to see Political and cultural paolo virzì, 110 min., 1996 differences divide two A young, shy man deals with disillusions and through the window of families during their compromises while finding his place in life. summer holiday on the these Italian films into the island of Ventotene, off paolo virzì, 97 min., 1994 life and culture of Italy. the Naples coast. la bella vita 23 october paolo virzì, 124 min., 2002 17 october (Living It Up) Not just Italian films, an Italian perspective. The story of a working class family, My name is Tanino in Piombino, Tuscany, dealing with review by a depressed economy and their The SDIFF sponsored four San Diego teens to travel victOR lARucciA Ph.D., Executive Director SDIFF to Italy in the summer of 2009 where they partici- own anxieties. A young Sicilian goes to America to return pated in the Giffoni Film Festival as Film Jurors. victOR lARucciA Ph.D. a camera left behind by a tourist friend and Executive Director SDIFF S finds that dreams don’t always match reality. OCTOBER daniele gangemi, 80 min., 2008 outhern Italy, for centuries the Days were jammed, early rising to watch mov- 2 Born in Santiago, Chile. Learned reading/writ- ies, run around in lunch time packs, then back for ing as an Italian Catholic, western Pennsylvania. scene of alien invasions, once more movies at the Cittadella del Cinema, build- Escaped to Culver Military Academy high school nOvEmBER 1 ings and park spaces for theaters, offices and play -Cum Laude, 1959. On to Yale (twice!), found hAllOwEEN sPEciAl 31 west coast better. Three years US Marine Corps, again played out the ancient november eugenio cappuccio, Uno su due areas. Young people tumbled out of every space, administrator. First graduate of UCSD Muir In- and when a movie finished, jurors inundated the dependent Studies (Music Art Drama). Ph.D. at game of conquest and plunder. This piazza in tidal waves, wearing the T-shirts of their UCSD. Taught film studies Brown University Una notte blu cobalto 100 min., 2006 and UCSD. Left for City of Pasadena, Telecom- (One out of two) ivan polidoro, 95 min., 2008 particular group, blue, yellow or purple. Only a mi- time invaders arrived in the guise Basta un niente munications Administrator & Director KPAS, crophone in the face made a juror still. TV. Telecom Consultant through ’95. Retired. (Cobalt Blue Night) Started SDIFF with three other crazy Italians at of children, celebrities, and media, Cameras and microphones stalked the jurors every- House of Italy in ’04. A whimsical tale that follows a first time A 33 year old attorney, following (Before you know it) where. National, local, and international reporters pizza deliverer as he realizes that his a devastating medical diagnosis, and the plunder was mainly stolen transmuted the peaceful valley into an electrifying deliveries involve more than just pizza. experiences a rebirth. Three neopolitan spectacle. Roby handled her TV interview like a hearts. The Giffoni Film Festival, for pro; we even got calls and emails from the States - friends, determined to make a living, 3 four decades educating children with she looked good! improvise as thieves giulio manfredonia, 101 min., 2001 roberto dordit, 85 min., 2005 november with the help of one Though Joe didn’t eat that much food, he filled up international films, stages this invasion of their grandfathers. every year. In the end everyone is on his movie-making dreams, enthusing about his own film and plans for working on it. “I’m a great editor,” he said, “I’m ready right now. I see just how PROF. clARissA clò, sDsu Apnea Program Director SDIFF When a former fellow fencing champion dies victorious and everyone is conquered. I want to start.” His opinion of the movies he saw Clarissa Clò is Assistant Professor of Italian mysteriously of a heart attack, Paolo decides suggested his movies would be optimistic; when 4 se fossi in te and Director of the Italian Language Program to investigate—and discovers that his friend asked what his thoughts of movies there, he said, in the Dept. of European Studies at San Diego 5 Thanks to a generous grant from the Linnie Cooper Foundation, the was not the person he thought he was. “They’re depressing! Everyone dies in them.” State University. She teaches Italian language, San Diego Italian Film Festival sent four teens to be jurors at Giffoni, literature, culture and cinema. She received her which is also a town in an emerald valley about 15 miles northeast of Fabrizio agreed, “Yeah, they’re pretty much all like Ph.D. in Literature from UCSD. She specializes (If I were you) pietro reggiani, 82 min., 2005 in contemporary Italian Cultural Studies. Her Salerno, Italy. Towns in this valley provide the host families for jurors that, everyone dies.” But Fabrizio, oldest in the research interests include feminist, migration, Three discontent men magically switch nOvEmBER from over 40 countries, selected to pick winning films at the festival. group, was not concerned about people dying; he and postcolonial studies, film, music, and popu- identities, each with the person most envied, always had admiring Italian beauties around him, 6 lar culture. She has published on Italian cinema, Giffoni offered a special way to attract younger people to SDIFF. Our regional documentary filmmaking, music sub- but things do not turn out as expected. several of whom gave his chaperones the evil eye teens all fell into the Generator + 13 group, and the young people who cultures, circum-Atlantic performances, Italian for taking his time. The yellow in his T shirt almost American women writers, postcolonial literature spearheaded our part of the invasion were Fabrizio Ellis, Joe Fabiani, Roby disappeared under the love notes: I love you, Fab- nOvEmBER and Mediterranean studies. She is a native of Ruocco and Giuliano Verdicchio, ages 13 to 15, all proud representatives rizio. Ti voglio bene, Fabrizio. Modena, Italy. of San Diego. Their Italian roots also opened hearts wide for them. giuseppe gagliardi, 93 min., 2006 Movies in the morning, lunch, soccer or chat- Each group of jurors had one series of tasks: watch all films in competi- ting in the park, movies in the afternoon, celebri- tion, discuss them, meet celebrities, and ultimately vote for their favor- ites. Our group was split three to one for the main winner, Broken Hill, ties to discuss filmmaking, then home for dinner. november GALA * l'estate di la vera leggenda What next? Parties, of course. Every night the kids mio fratello an American/Australian production. danced in the park, bands and performers blaring. The travel was exhausting, of course, but when we met a child actor from Giffoni being a small town, kids freely wandered, Film Festival Gala Reception – Tickets required, di Tony vilar India or a juror from Korea, who endured even worse travel conditions, it packs of yellow and purple teens flowing through $100, can be purchased on website. was clear that the exhaustion, like boot camp, simply softens up the kids every store and food joint. Beginning at 5 pm at the MoPA in Balboa Park (My Brother’s Summer) for a new way of life. And while all our teens came from families with Ital- Italian dinner and music followed by the film: When the Festival ended with a boisterous party, (The True Legend of Tony Vilar) la seconda ian roots, the roots didn’t look or feel much like the Italian host families. PROF. PAsquAlE When Sergio learns that he will soon have a the San Diegans stayed in Giffoni for a beach day, baby brother, his imagination kicks into gear vERDicchiO, ucsD Most of our teens had some familiarity with Italian, but only enough a ferry trip to Positano and, basta. Monday night notte di nozze Program Director SDIFF in devious and alarming ways—and then life the families brought the teens to the chaperones’ Tony Vilar, an Italian in Argentina, was a singing to whet appetites. Giuliano listened to his family’s nonno describing takes a devastating turn. hotel. With tears they tore themselves away. The Born in Naples, Pasquale Verdicchio moved to superstar in the 1960’s, but suddenly disappeared. Salerno during the 1943 Allied invasion; Giuliano understood some but Canada as a teen. Since 1986 he has taught lit- Peppe’s quest, to find Tony, needs help from some wanted it all. He laughed as he told us of another story: the paparazzi teens and chaperones settled in for a long trip, erature, film and writing in the Dept. of Litera- (The Second Wedding Night) pupi avati, 103 min., 2005 unforgettable characters. flew around in hordes. One group cornered Giuliano. Thinking they which ended with a fatigued sigh back home where ture at the University of California, San Diego. * 7:00pm Considered a leading translator of major Italian were asking him what he thought of Italy, he said, “Beautiful and hot.” families greeted their treasures, returned to them Kind hearted Giordano was left with half a deck writers, he has englished the work of Pasolini, Later he learned they were asking what he thought of Eva Mendes, who richer than they departed. as the result of electric shock treatments. A Merini, Caproni, Porta, and Gramsci among oth- For up-to-date information, in fact is beautiful and hot. ers. His poetry, reviews, criticism and photog- at The Birch north Park Theatre, letter from his sister-in-law changes his outlook. please check the SDIFF website: 7 raphy have been published in journals around 2891 University Ave., sD 92104 * Some misunderstandings, however, would be familiar to any Italian par- the world. As an author his books include Devils www.sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com in Paradise: Writings on Post-Emigrant Cultures ent. For example, one morning the San Diego chaperones got a frantic Bound by Distance: Rethinking Nationalism call: “You must come quick, speak with Signora De Cristofaro, emer- through the Italian Diaspora and the poetry col- gency with your juror Joe Fabiani.” Hustling to Giffoni from Salerno is not easy; this had to be critical. Chaperones Janice and Victor Laruccia stumbled breathless into the Jury Office. “How bad is the wound?” The lection This Nothing’s Place (2008). Working with Joseph Annino and Victor Laruccia, he began presenting Italian films at the House november For other questions about the festival, volunteering, or the Gala, please email vlaruccia@sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com “wound?” The host mother’s worry that Joe was not eating, a catastrophe of Italy, a series that has transformed into the SDIFF in its current format. for an Italian mother! Joe’s response was “What?!? I eat what I always eat, what’s the problem?” Tranquility reigned when Signora De Cris- Victor and Janine Laruccia with tofaro, a great cook, hit upon carpaccio; Joe devoured a dish meant for Chiara Occhipinti in Giffoni Italy. the whole table. sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com
    • 6 October 16 to November 7 Sharing Italian Culture through Cinema san diego italian film festival 2009 san diego italian film festival 2009 Sharing Italian Culture through Cinema October 16 to November 7 7 PAOlO viRzÌ • Film REtROsPEctivE made possible by time / location / cost :: All four films will be screened at 7:00 pm at the MoPA in Balboa Park. The San Diego iTalian A $5.00 donation is suggested. Film FeSTival kickS oFF iTS 2009 annual FeSTival Director Paulo Virzì wiTh a reTroSpecTive oF paolo virzì’S FilmS. la bella vita (Living It Up) ferie d'agosto (August Vacation) ovosodo (Hardboiled Egg) my name is tanino Friday, October 23 Friday, October 16 Saturday, October 17 Thursday, October 22 With the Virzì retrospective SDIFF celebrates the tradition of commedia all’italiana offering its la Bella viTa audience the opportunity to enjoy a series of rare films that shed new light on aspects and characters of Italian society relevant to understand Italy’s Ferie recent history, faults and virtues. d'agosto OvOsOdO Not just Italian films, an Italian perspective. review by PROF. clARissA clò, sDsu, Program Director SDIFF OvOsOdO My naMe is Tanino B orn in Livorno in 1964, Virzì is one of the most talented directors working in Italy today and is considered the heir La bella vita was very well received in Italy winning several prizes including the David of out the extreme in each position. If you ever wondered how Italians behave on holidays, Literature was also central to My Name is Tani- no. Virzì likened the adventures of the pro- of commedia all’italiana, a popular genre in Donatello, the Italian Oscar, awarded to Virzì how they can display the worst and the best tagonist to those of a contemporary Pinocchio for best new director and has been compared at once, how they can cry and then laugh at whose good intentions and naiveté lead him Italian cinema capturing through humor and pAOLO to a classic of commedia all’italiana, Mario themselves without losing their passion for life into trouble. Tanino is bored by his Sicilian vil- Monicelli’s Romanzo Popolare (1974). and its bittersweet taste, you will not want to lage and curious to explore the world. With the satire a rapidly changing society. As viewers miss this film. Ferie d’agosto won a David di excuse of following an American girl he met With Ferie d’agosto Virzì tackles another classic Donatello for Best Film in 1996. during the summer, he embarks on a voyage we tend to identify with the protagonists even of Italian popular cinema, a sub-genre called that will bring him to “discover” America and “commedia di villeggiatura” or “balneare,” a While both La bella vita and Ferie d’agosto cap- when their choices are questionable because sort of vacation comedy set at the seaside. Even italize on well-known actors, Ovosodo and My a series of colorful characters. Like in La vera leggenda di Tony Vilar, that will also be screened in this case there are illustrious antecedents in Name is Tanino rely on young, unknown first- we cannot help but love their flaws. Dino Risi’s Il sorpasso (1962) and L’ombrellone time-on-the-screen protagonists. A revelation in this year’s festival, My Name is Tanino paints an amusing picture of Italian American culture (1965), and Luciano Emmer’s Domenica d’agosto of the 1997 cinematic season, winner of the Popular during the 1960s economic boom, commedia seen with the eyes of a dreamer. (1950). Ferie d’agosto’s ensemble cast includes Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, all’italiana intended to make viewers laugh while also mak- some of the best actors of their generation: Sil- Ovosodo takes place in the lower class neigh- ing us think hard about the pressing social issues of the vio Orlando, Ennio Fantastichini, Piero Nato- borhood of the same name in Livorno. Virzì moment. Among the actors that made this genre famous li, Laura Morante, Sabrina Ferrilli. The prem- used only non-professional actors, apart from were Alberto Sordi, Ugo Tognazzi, Vittorio Gassman, and ises of the film are a recipe for laughter and Nicoletta Braschi, Roberto Benigni’s wife, to Nino Manfredi, all representatives of a particular Italian food for thought on the anthropological habits narrate the coming of age story of a youngster Ho voluto fare quel cin- fare molto spesso con i social “type.” of the average Italian family. On the island from a loving but troubled family. The voice- ema che più ci piacerebbe grandi eventi della storia After graduating from the Centro Sperimentale di Cin- of Ventotene, off the coast of Naples, during over narration does not detract from a story guardare. Ma forse quello del nostro paese. Io ho ematografia in Rome in 1987, Virzì embraced commedia a summer vacation collide two opposite, but that is fast pacing and jam-packed with an- che nel mio film ricorda la voluto occuparmi di cose all’italiana and its “civil passion” in a series of films that give not too different, types of families, one leftist, ecdotes and information, but always spirited commedia all' italiana è la che riguardano il quo- voice to everyday working people struggling to find their the other right leaning. Politics and ideologi- and insightful. While hinting at a modern- passione civile. E’ la voglia tidiano, cose che magari place in a society in utter transition and in social, economic cal divergences being a characteristic trait of day Amarcord, Fellini’s take on growing up di dare voce e volto a un' la commedia ha praticato and political turmoil. SDIFF will present four of Virzì’s Italians, who love to revel in endless debates, in a provincial town, Virzì also anticipates umanità che vive casi or- con minore frequenza. early films, all absolutely not to be missed for their quality the film has plenty to comment on the period Muccino’s movies. Ovosodo depicts the school dinari, quelli che non ven- – Virzì Interview with and rarity in the US: La bella vita (Living It Up, 1994), Fe- that showed the rise of Silvio Berlusconi as a years of Piero from elementary to high school. gono mai rappresentati". Roberto Rombi rie d’agosto (August Vacation, 1995), Ovosodo (Hardboiled political figure, and the birth of two opposing Despite financial challenges, he lives a healthy “La commedia all' italiana / Film reTroSpecTive Egg, 1997), My Name is Tanino (2002). coalitions in Parliament. Virzì has fun teasing out the worst flaws of each camp in matters adolescence, unlike many of his well-to-do peers. The film celebrates a resourceful and classica ha avuto a che 17 giugno 1996 Set in Piombino, an industrial seaport town on the coast of of family relations, racism, sexism, individual unpretentious lower class rarely seen on screen Virzì’s cinema popolare inserts itself in a Tuscany, La bella vita narrates the story of a small working- choices, environmental issues, and human be- and pays homage to the novels of formation of review from La Republica long line of memorable if underappreciated class family dealing with depressed economic conditions havior in general. All actors play “types” in the Twain and Dickens beloved by Virzì. masterpieces of commedia all’italiana and personal angst. The film stars actors Claudio Bigagli, way they dress, talk, and interact with one an- Sabrina Ferrilli and Massimo Ghini. other. Virzì tries not to take sides but to point sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com
    • 8 October 16 to November 7 Sharing Italian Culture through Cinema san diego italian film festival 2009 san diego italian film festival 2009 Sharing Italian Culture through Cinema October 16 to November 7 9 uNA NOttE blu cObAltO director :: Daniele Gangemi music :: Giuliano Sangiorgi presents about cast :: Alessandro Haber, producer :: Grazia Rendo san diego Corrado Fortuna, Regina Orioli, length :: 80 min. premiere Vincenzo Crivello, Valentina Carnelutti year :: 2008 For Halloween tHe SDIFF preSentS filmed in Catania, Sicily 2008 Una notte blU cobalto, a lIttle una notte blu cobalto date :: Saturday, October 31 bIt oF magIc For aFter mID-nIgHt time :: [Halloween] 7:00 pm aDventUreS. anD wHat woUlD tHeSe location :: cost :: MoPA in Balboa Park $5.00 donation suggested aDventUreS be wItHoUt love, Sex, language :: Italian with English subtitles pIzza, anD lonely people wanDerIng aroUnD lookIng For a Home? Director Daniele Gangemi O He wanders the streets of Catania at night until he finds a Like other movies shown at the SDIFF, this film was pro- Not just Italian films, an Italian perspective. ur hero Dino Malaspina (Corrado Fortuna) mystical pizza parlor, or rather, a wizard pizza maker Turi duced completely locally, with business people of the city (Alessandro Haber) who, pipe in hand, needs to hire a new joining to give a young filmmaker Daniele Gangemi the review by wakes up being not very heroic – he’s delivery boy, dishes out curt commands and seems to have opportunity for his first feature length film. The musi- victOR lARucciA Ph.D., Executive Director SDIFF depressed, crying, and clinging to his a somewhat desperate clientele who need that magic pizza cian Giuliano Sangiorgi, of the famed Italian rock group from La Blu Cobalto. And Dino, struggling with a busted Negramaro by chance encountered the production and fantasies like a baby latched on to its bottle, even love affair, unable to get past his own misery, is left with loved it so much that he volunteered to compose the film’s nothing but his nocturnal delivery duties. In fact, he begins soundtrack. though the bottle is empty. Tears might be normal to discover that those people to whom he’s bringing this for a baby, but how does a young man get past that tasty pizza all seem to be a bit strange, quite lonely, and This film, besides having a fun ride on the theme of a young adult maybe a bit addicted to the pizza. Is there something else being delivered with the pizza? coming of age, also is rooted in the home town of Catania. All the moment, jump over his depression, find some new locations are in this fabled city, and the director and producers belong nourishment, maybe grow up? How does he get over to this city. The film’s background also helps underscore the growing being rejected by the beautiful Valeria (Regina Orioli) need for local involvement in movie-making in Italy. and move on with life? continued on next page So what do we find new there? Perhaps a lesson about the full circle of communication and art: Italians not only want to watch movies, they want to make them as much as watch them. They want to show off their own beloved paese and keep their talent at home. The film was shot in HD and is released in 35 mm. While the film is a dark hymn to Cata- nia after hours, it is also a celebration of independence and exuberant creativity expressed in a very local way. This film is showing on Saturday, October 31, 7pm at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. Dino has not seen his own depression as an addiction, but as he drives around the spooky Baroque city, up and down dark ways and mysterious places, encounters strange folks and parties where people he’s just met seem to make odd appearances, he makes choices that slowly put him into ac- tion again. So that finally he puts himself entirely in the “celebration of independence hands of the wizard who, with blue bubbles galore, gives Orchidea è una nuova società di produzi- “Una Notte Blu Cobalto” è nata grazie al spinti a fondare la nuova società: da ciò il Dino the chance to take a deep look into himself and find one cinematografica fondata a Catania nel coraggio dei produttori che hanno deciso primo lungometraggio, interamente girato a way out of his misery. 2008, con l’obiettivo di realizzare e promu- di scommettere nei giovani di talento per a Catania. ” overe film italiani indipendenti di giovani realizzare progetti di qualità per l’industria 03 gennaio 2009 This is a night for shedding old habits, for marching steadily talenti nel campo della cinematografia. del cinema. L’incontro con Daniele Gange- on, for giving up baby bottles and setting sail for new des- and exuberant creativity Gli amministratori di Orchidea proven- mi, autore e regista di “Una Notte Blu Co- tinations. With a little magical realism, and the help of a magical bubbling night, Dino finds his way to a new day. –Victor Laruccia gono da altri settori imprenditoriali, come balto”, ha subito convinto i produttori di le costruzioni ed il turismo. L’opera prima, Orchidea della qualità del progetto e li ha review from cinemaitaliano.info sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com
    • 10 October 16 to November 7 Sharing Italian Culture through Cinema san diego italian film festival 2009 san diego italian film festival 2009 Sharing Italian Culture through Cinema October 16 to November 7 11 uNO su DuE sE FOssi iN tE presents presents san diego san diego premiere premiere uno su due se fossi in te “ Not just Italian films, an Italian perspective. date :: Sunday, November 1 date :: Tuesday, November 3 review by PROF. PAsquAlE vERDicchiO, ucsD Program Director SDIFF time :: 7:00 pm time :: 7:00 pm maintaining dreams ” location :: MoPA in Balboa Park location :: MoPA in Balboa Park while still adjusting T to the daily grind his is director Eugenio Cappuccio’s sec- cost :: $5.00 donation suggested cost :: $5.00 donation suggested ond feature film. His first film, Volevo solo language :: Italian with language :: Italian with –Victor Laruccia dormirle addosso (2004), is a grating portrait English subtitles English subtitles of a young industrial manager whose own success is measured by the large and sweeping job cuts he is required to make. Uno su due is in many ways on a similar tack. Lorenzo is an ambitious attorney who has fought steadily in order to achieve a cer- tain level of success. Everyone admires Lorenzo. He owns a beautiful home, a good relationship with his girlfriend, and gets along well with his friends. All seems to be reaching an apex that will set him up for life. He and his brother Paolo are about to close a big deal with a group of Rus- sian investors when an unexpected event in Lorenzo’s life will cast it all into a state of sus- pension. Uno su due (One in Two) – I’ll let you imagine what the meaning of this might be, is the sentence that hangs over Lorenzo. The arrogant and presumptuous self-made man, apparently invincible, is brought face to face with himself, his human frailty and the uncer- tainties of life. In a world where material gain and success had seemed to be the only defining factors, Lorenzo discovers the overwhelming truth of human life. As a way to understand this, which we might in a rather banal way call “the meaning of life”, Lorenzo embarks on a voyage both internal and physical. The director successfully engages his actors to illustrate a variety of sentiments in relation Not just Italian films, an Italian perspective. with the world. Both Fabio Volo in the lead character and all the supporting actors pro- review by vide a sensitive and measured representation victOR lARucciA Ph.D., Executive Director SDIFF of a set of circumstances that could easily stray into exaggeration. I would like to particularly T mention Ninetto Davoli, who plays Giovanni, he “What if I were you” story, generally a light comedic device for iden- for this actor’s long career in the margins of Italian cinema. Davoli was one of Pasolini’s tity issues, is done with a twist and great style by Giulio Manfredonia in “ favorite actors and in this film he brings his his big screen debut. The style comes from an amazing ensemble cast "Benché abbia solo 33 anni, Man- character fully to life. While the subject mat- fredonia si è fatto una solida prat- sincere gaze into our ter of Uno su due is not completely original, whose careers before this were in television. Through the warmth and strength ica lavorando con buoni maestri the film nevertheless brings to the screen a in the relationships of these characters we are immediately drawn into their (prima con Luigi Comencini; poi contemporary felt and sincere gaze into our contemporary stories, even when the film lags. One Italian reviewer labeled the acting “friz- con Cristina, della quale condivide society and the too little room it often affords la capacità di coordinare bene un irony and emotions. zante,” an apt description for the whole film. ” cast nutrito) e ha diretto un pre- society Each male character, around whom the narrative is built, all yearn to be someone they are not. They are the ABC’s of desire and identity questions. Andrea (Emilio Sol- But is it this simple, this schematic? Do we just start all over again? You can escape being a victim, escape even your own history, simply by leaping off-track? What’s impor- miato cortometraggio. Più che una buona speranza, il suo debutto nel lungo è già un risultato acquisito. Scritto con una benefica legger- –Pasquale Verdicchio frizzi), married father and bean counter in a fabric factory, tant about this film, in terms of its script and direction, is ezza e senza pretese sentenziose, can’t stand his domestic life, sees himself not as a family that these questions are posed as delicately and entertain- riesce a dire cose non banali; non è man but as a cool, sexy, unattached entertainer. Bernar- ingly as possible without losing sight of actual conditions volgare; non è tributario della cor- ... E' il limite di un avvocato fattore umano, apprezza albe do (Giole Dix), a mean, driven corporate man, loves no and choices. Each character ultimately recognizes that no riva estetica tv. E semina, discre- rampante... cui improvvisa- e tramonti, fa qualcosa per gli one, and no one except his masochist secretary loves him. choice is perfect, eliminating pain and making life perfect, tamente, anche le citazioni giuste: mente capita un malanno altri. Metti per un uomo che è Christian (Fabio De Luigi) does sad DJ’ing at swinger and that it is not enough simply to fantasize how life could parties in the provinces and dreams of living life large as be better while blaming others for failure. Maintaining come quando Andrea, diventato grave stramazza per terra in in ospedale - com' è bravo, mis- a rock concert promoter, and incidentally becoming the dreams while adjusting to the daily grind requires constant deejay di successo, tappezza il strada - che gli fa rifare i conti urato e mutato questo Ninetto Don Juan for his secret love, local pharmacist Caterina work, something the women in the film seem to know and camerino di manifesti del film sul con passato e presente. Os- Davoli, vincerà tutti i premi - e (Paola Cortellesi), who may never even get a hint that the men seem to require miracles to learn. mitico Lenny Bruce". pedale, analisi, biopsia: il titolo di cui il nostro contatta, inerpi- si riferisce alla statistica che candosi per un motel zona Pe- Christian is interested in her. 27 maggio 2001 uno su due ce la fa, a guarire, rugia, la figlia, per riavvicinarla The women, on the other hand, all know who and what ma anche ad essere se stesso. al padre.... Forse un fine lieto, they are, so maybe this film is telling us about Italian male L' eroe piccolo borghese, erede senza promesse, ma l' ultima identity problems. If so, it’s a strange message that comes review from La Republica dei «sorpassi» anni ' 60, sbruf- battuta è bella, cosmica e non across, because each man gets to live the life he dreams fone che scambia due squillo moralistica. La metamorfosi about through a mysterious character exchange during a di Chiasso per manager sovi- del giovane, anche per merito chance beach binge encounter where each man pours out etiche, impara l' abc dei sen- delle molte sfumature di Volo, his miseries and fantasies. A flash of light, and presto, the timenti quando riconosce in è la coscienza scopia di una ABC’s now have the resources to pursue their fantasies: ospedale il proprio corpo: la generazione senza… B (Bernardo) is exchanged for A (Andrea) and is now the carne è tremula, ma la natura 2 marzo 2007 beloved husband and father. A gets to make people laugh forte. E la vita si riavvolge, ini- using C’s character and stage presence, and no one holds zia quasi un altro film on the him back. C (Christian) takes B’s rich life, now success- road: e il nostro, sedotto dal fully promoting rock concerts. review from corriere della sera sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com
    • 12 October 16 to November 7 Sharing Italian Culture through Cinema san diego italian film festival 2009 san diego italian film festival 2009 Sharing Italian Culture through Cinema October 16 to November 7 13 bAstA uN NiENtE • APNEA • l’EstAtE Di miO FRAtEllO presents san diego premiere basta un niente continued from previous page Not just Italian films, an Italian perspective. The title, Apnea, and the sport of fencing, of- larly privileged social class. The result is that fer instructive keys to possible readings of the the sports tend to suggest a closer analysis of review by film. The first suggests the suspension of exter- the larger social context and each individual’s Dopo due anni di attesa, esce questo bel PROF. PAsquAlE vERDicchiO, ucsD Program Director SDIFF nal breathing, as in free-diving, in other words participation within it. Just as Paolo and Franz’s thriller sociale che racconta una realtà na- holding one’s breath. The director uses this sus- lives and selves are made indistinguishable by scosta, quella degli incidenti sul lavoro, da pension as a technique by which to extend the their fencing attire, so each individual’s life is noi in costante ascesa. Tecnico di spot e B asta un niente is the elaboration of the actor/director’s last moments of a man’s life in order to have it also made accountable for the function of the so- documentari, il neo regista Roberto Dordit “relive” it and open up other narrative threads. ciety in which they might live. Director Dordit usa entrambe le competenze per un mis- Ivano Polidoro short film La rapina (The Theft). Once The suggestion seems to be that as certain events also presents a number of other elements in tery in cui il sempre più bravo Claudio San- again in this series, we have the privilege of screening date :: Monday, November 2 those that have conditioned them find the terms Apnea, such as Franz’s son’s autism, that hint at tamaria (ora esploderà come Rino Gaetano a director’s debut in feature film. Set in Naples and focusing of their own continuation. how we tend to live our lives in realities that we in tv) indaga sulla morte di un amico in cui time :: 7:00 pm perceive to be separate and uniquely individual. vede oscure trame. Scritto e diretto in rit- on the lives and relationship of three friends, Peppe, Ivo and location :: MoPA in Balboa Park Fencing is as a combat sport in which the op- mo e suspense, sposando la causa dell' ap- ponents directly handle their weapons in close In the end, what this noir proposes is to lead Rosario, Polidoro sets out to bring together stylistically some nea, metafora del fiato trattenuto per non cost :: $5.00 donation suggested proximity to each other. It is intimate and sug- its viewers into their own investigation of the “commedia all’italiana” as one might find in a film such as Ma- gestive, by virtue of the uniforms worn and their various layers of “reality” that separate us from morire di esalazioni nelle concerie del Nord rio Monicelli’s 1958 I soliti ignoti (Big Deal on Madonna Street), language :: Italian with erasures of individual features and personali- each other. Est, è un contributo in giallo alla causa del cinema psicologico non gratuito, con qual- with the rhythms of Neapolitan theatre. English subtitles ties. che scorciatoia sentimentale e la bella idea As with apnea, fencing also suggests a struggle di questo rapporto di amicizia oscurato with one’s self that is this time externalized. post mortem. Santamaria ha una sorta di The film’s setting provides a wonderful back- The attempt to hold one’s breath to keep from drop for this comedy, and the director uses the accesa passività sul mondo e si trova con- drowning is a struggle against the natural in- scenery of Naples’ famous Gulf as a seductive tro un caimano in anticipo su Moretti, il stinct to breathe; the challenge of one’s mirror scape on which Peppe, Ivo and Rosario live perfetto, cinico Elio de Capitani, una delle image in fencing poses in a sense one’s self as their lives as if on vacation. Strolling in pana- anime del Teatro dell' Elfo. the opponent. ma hats, Bermuda shorts and colourful shirts, 16 febbraio 2007 almost oblivious to the stress that surrounds The director of this film places these two sport them, the rag-tag group’s professions provide a metaphors in the context of an apparent exposè contradiction in terms that start to set the co- of the actions and misdirections of a particu- medic/ironic ball rolling. As undertaker, mail- review from corriere della sera man and cemetery guard the stage is set to put their lives and tribulations on stage. To make this all the more interesting, Polidoro gives l'estate di mio fratello their lives another, more creative, dimension: they perform music as a band in local clubs. Not just Italian films, an Italian perspective. But our protagonists’ lives hide more tumul- tuous undercurrents. Always on the lookout review by for a way out of their patchwork existence, and PROF. PAsquAlE vERDicchiO, ucsD Program Director SDIFF hopeful for events to spice up their lives, the three are given a golden opportunity when W a local thief, Palo e’ fierro, is killed during a hen little Sergio and his family leave Verona for the jewel heist. countryside each summer, the temporary relocation of- This is good, entertaining fare as Polidoro’s first Nelle intenzioni vuol essere fortuna, attraverso la soffiata zellette e i quadretti casalinghi fers the young boy an opportunity to let his imagination film. If there is one criticism that one might il nuovo I soliti ignoti ma non di un orefice in casa di riposo, di amori difficili, gay sommersi bring against it, it’s that at a certain point the è neppure Operazione San organizzano una scapestrata e casalinghe frustrate. Attori run free and distance him from his parents’ troubled dynamics. Re- director loses sight of his threesome’s poten- Gennaro, in realtà è un pastic- rapina in gioielleria, subito in così così come da tradizione, flective of the period’s attitudes, the father directs the household’s date :: Thursday, November 5 tial. With the introduction of elements that do cio che sembra una versione panne. Girato alla svelta con ma soprattutto una sceneg- every function through his wife’s submissive role. The tensions fur- time :: 7:00 pm not give the film’s initial structure much sup- grottesca di Un posto al sole soli 650.000 euro, il giallo casa- giatura che non sta in piedi e port, and that don’t play out to any apparent tv. Dove tre nullatenenti, poco lingo-partenopeo del teatrante un ritmo narrativo che si perde ther cause Sergio to seek respite outside of the household as a way location :: MoPA in Balboa Park relevance, the narrative begins to fray and lose facenti (becchino, postino, Ivan Polidoro amplia il suo cor- in mille inutili siparietti. to diminish his solitude. cost :: $5.00 donation suggested much of its power. custode), classici esempi della to La rapina e cerca simpatia a napoletanità che spera nella tutti i costi, anche con le bar- 5 maggio 2006 language :: Italian with Sergio’s existence is further thrown into a tailspin Nevertheless, while one senses a loss of innocence when his parents announce the upcoming birth of and deeper sense of knowing in the boy Sergio, English subtitles review from corriere della sera a sibling. As he begins to consider what the ef- his penchant for the imaginary remains alive and fects of such an addition might be on his own life, well. As a matter of fact, it would appear that this apnea Sergio inserts an imaginary little brother into his might be the director Pietro Reggiani’s way of pro- daily adventures. He suspects that his life will be posing that a lively imagination is a way in which rendered difficult and, as their games evolve, the we might cope with the impositions of life. Con- date :: Wednesday, November 4 imaginary play takes on troubling directions. In trasted to his parents’ relationship, Sergio’s rela- one instance Sergio even imagines burning his tionship with the world around him is much more time :: 7:00 pm little brother alive. engaging, expressive and alive. location :: MoPA in Balboa Park The boy’s resentment of his little brother takes The director, Reggiani, with young Davide Vero- on a further dimension when, after his mother nese, who gives a memorable performance as Ser- cost :: $5.00 donation suggested miscarries, Sergio takes it to have been caused gio, and Tommaso Ferro in his supportive role as language :: Italian with by his imaginings. The guilt feelings manifest in the imaginary brother, has wrought a wonderfully his imaginary brother’s declaration: “Since I am produced and acted film that reminds us of, and English subtitles dead you have to die too”. This of course signals takes place along, De Sica’s Sciuscià, Rossellini’s the symbolic death of Sergio’s old personality and Germany Year Zero, to Amelio’s Stolen Children and world, and a new direction in his evolution as a Salvatores’ I am not Scared. Not just Italian films, an Italian perspective. person. review by PROF. PAsquAlE vERDicchiO, ucsD Program Director SDIFF D irector Roberto Dordit’s first full-length feature APNEA is what might be termed a noir. Its double-edged structure engages the viewer in the slow undoing of the characters’ “one sensesof innocence a loss ” superficial forms and attributes. The main character, Paolo, is played by Claudio Santamaria, a familiar face in recent Italian cin- ema. The narrative of this film unfolds from Paolo’s last breaths and deeper sense of knowing as he is drowning. –Pasquale Verdicchio continued on next page sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com
    • 14 October 16 to November 7 Sharing Italian Culture through Cinema san diego italian film festival 2009 san diego italian film festival 2009 Sharing Italian Culture through Cinema October 16 to November 7 15 director :: Giuseppe Gagliardi music :: Peppe Voltarelli, Tony Vilar lA vERA lEGGENDA Di tONY vilAR junE & mARk cast :: Peppe Voltarelli, Roy Paci, Dario producer :: Gino Pennacchi, about fABiAni fAmiLy De Luca, Saverio La Ruina, Sarah Pennacchi, Andrea Kerkoc Buenos Aires present Totonna Chiappetta, Christina Mantis length :: 93 min. year :: 2006 san diego New York premiere an ItalIan MtV-lIke take on a sIMple LA vERA LEGGEndA di TOny viLAR story, a search for a lost Icon, date :: time :: Friday, November 6 7:00 pm oVer three contInents, tracIng special location :: The Birch North Park Theatre 2891 University Ave. San Diego, CA 92104-2929 the ItalIan dIaspora, but as a long cost :: $8.00 donation suggested No advance tickets - tickets available at door MusIcal joke. language :: starting at 6:00 p.m. Italian with English subtitles The charm of La Vera Leggenda di Tony Vilar Here the truths are simple: Italians everywhere is that it takes these questions and turns them love secrets, Italians everywhere have the same on their heads. Nothing serious here, except drive to connect, and they want to sing in the for the vast migration of Italians and the de- streets (I wonder if they like “Singing in the sire to track it, not for something academic or Rain?”) even if the reality behind all this is selfish but purely to find the creator of beauty. foolish, painful or even at times too difficult. And there is charm. And irony. And a love of It’s no wonder one of the important sayings I all things Italian, even when it shows itself as learned stresses this: Se non e’ vero, e’ ben tro- silly or over the top. The term Italian seems to vato: Even if it’s not true, it’s well told. And cover it all. why’s this? Because the stories we tell are often remembered long after the real moment has Italians do not make mockumentaries, but passed. I Giuseppe Gagliardi has done exactly that. The Stephen and Mary Birch North Park Theatre is the Not just Italian films, an Italian perspective. talians have poured into every corner of the This is an Italian MTV-like take on a simple crowning jewel of the North Park community. The theatre, story, a search for a lost icon, over three con- built in 1928, has been fully restored and is now a state-of- review by world. And here we are, immigrants, children of tinents, tracing the Italian diaspora, but as a the-art 725 seat proscenium theatre. The restored theatre victOR lARucciA Ph.D., Executive Director SDIFF long musical joke. And it is so full of bounce encompasses the best of the old and new. immigrants, grand children of people who left Italy, that the clichés Gagliardi and co-writer Vol- tarelli use are never offensive but fun, pup- FREE PARKING in parking structure directly and we think of ourselves as those who somehow pet characters in a young person’s theater of “a love across 29th Street from the theatre the absurd, a sing-along Punch & Judy show left a home. And yet we seldom dream of how those but all based on this extraordinary movement For questions please visit www.sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com left behind think of us. Are we still part of them? Is across continents and through cities and into little neighborhoods we all recognize and yell their home still home to us? And then what about out for: “Hey, I used to go there!” all those others who left and didn’t end up with us? Of course, if we ask why Italians do not make of all things italian” mockumentaries, we raise very serious ques- Are they somehow part of us, too? Oh such serious tions which we really won’t answer here, but from our perspective (Italians, children of questions. continued on next page Italians, etc.), it’s because truth may never be as important as the style in which the story is told. It’s not that Italians don’t want the truth, they just don’t want to be bored to death wait- –Victor Laruccia ing for it. Strana la storia di questo film la canzone "Cuando calienta el di Tony, maniaco di cimeli anni nel corso del quale s' intrec- come strana è la storia del sol". Ma Tony all' apice del suc- 60, che parte alla ricerca del ciano lo spagnolo che si parla personaggio che lo ispira. An- cesso scomparve: l' improvvisa suo mito. Ma le persone che in- in Argentina, l' inglese di Little tonio Ragusa, calabrese, partì rivelazione della sua calvizie lo contra nel corso di questa biz- Italy e i dialetti del nostro Mez- canismo s' inceppa, si ripete e, Sotto il titolo ossimorico del brese che nei ' 60 fece fortuna cars", il nostro fa un viaggio di emigrante per Buenos Aires fece così vergognare da indurlo zarra indagine, che è anche un zogiorno, sono spesso vere. nonostante la vita in diretta, primo film di Giuseppe Gagli- in Sud America con "Tintarella ricognizione etnica a Buenos all' inizio degli anni 50 e lag- a far perdere le proprie tracce. musical e anche una citazione Vero, alla fine della ricerca, è per un' ora sentiamo ripetere la ardi, autore di corti e video, si di luna" (hit di Mina) e "Quando Aires e poi nella Little Italy dei giù fece fortuna diventando Si trasferì in Nordamerica e di- spiritosamente folcloristica Tony Vilar alias Antonio Ra- stessa cosa. cela un "mockumentary", un calienta il sol". Tony Vilar sem- mob-movies alla Scorsese, con Tony Vilar, cantante melodico ventò venditore di auto. Il film dell' italianità mafiosa di tanto gusa. Veramente ritrovato. Nel falso documentario, un ibrido bra sparito nel nulla da quando quei bravi ragazzi italo-amer- 24 novembre 2006 ai tempi e con lo stile di Paul è un semi-documentario, un cinema italoamericano e anche suo gusto della contaminazi- storico. Chissà dove sono il perse il parrucchino e rimase icans pizzaioli che ogni tanto Anka, che portò al successo miscuglio stravagante di cose un road movie sulla rotta tra la one, il film, è una vera curiosità vero e il finto in questo report- calvo nella folla, shock che fanno musical (Romance and molte canzoni italiane nell' vere e finte, di attori e person- Boca e il Bronx, tra il quartiere ma anche qualcosa di più. age che un lontano parente fa decretò il suo ritiro. Ma prima Cigarettes). L' idea era curiosa e America di lingua spagnola, e aggi reali. Il protagonista-nar- italiano della capitale argentina 24 novembre 2006 di un cantante di origine cala- di ritrovarlo a vendere "used buona, ma dopo l' avvio il mec- soprattutto si identificò con ratore, finto, è un pronipote e le strade italiane di New York, review from La Republica review from corriere della sera sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com
    • 16 October 16 to November 7 Sharing Italian Culture through Cinema san diego italian film festival 2009 san diego italian film festival 2009 Sharing Italian Culture through Cinema October 16 to November 7 17 feStivAl gAlA NOvEmbER 7, 2009 director :: Pupi Avati music :: Riz Ortolani ThE LARuCCiA cast :: Antonio Albanese, Neri producer :: Antonio Avati about fAmiLy Marcorè, Katia Ricciarelli, Angela Luce, length :: 103 min. Manuela Morabito, Tony Santagata, year :: 2005 presents Robert Madison, Marisa Merlini festival gala Join uS For a STyliSh anD FeSTive featured film la seconda notte di nozze evening oF FooD, muSic, FrienDS tickets :: $100 date :: Saturday, November 7 must be purchased in advance location :: MoPA in Balboa Park anD Film… Celebrate the Film Festival and Italian culture as you help us transform the Museum of Photographic www.sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com time :: 5:00 pm Arts into an Italian piazza for the evening. A wonderful dinner of delectable Italian food will be (some tickets will be available at the (film starts at 7:00) prepared and presented by Villa Capri Cucina Italiana – generous supporter of the Italian Film Festival door – cash or check only) see film review below… since its inception three years ago. Fabulous music and song will be provided by the incomparable Limited tickets available Jim Bianchi Ensemble – also returning to the Gala for the third year in a row. Admission to the film To order tickets by mail, please send a check made out is limited to Gala attendees. There will be no admission to film without Gala ticket. to IAACA with guest names and your return address to: SDIFF Gala 7660 Fay Ave #350 La Jolla, CA 92037 3rd annual Festival Gala featured film lA sEcONDA NOttE Di NOzzE And in Puglia, hundreds of miles to the still invigorates his paese with his main ac- But then comes the worm, and this sweet as aiming for generosity and group salvation south, while olives grow in the sun, mines left tivities – removing explosives from the local vision of utopia hangs on a thread. Will the instead of personal conquest. With an extraor- behind still threaten children and farmers. So fields and helping his aunts make party can- simple, generous and above all innocent Gor- dinary delicacy, this story once again demon- all this is maybe ancient history, but this is dies and favors. Giordano is the one who has dano be forced out of Eden? Will the hard- strates Avati’s deep commitment to both his Pupi Avati directing, this is Antonio Alba- inherited a beautiful farmhouse and fields, working aunts find themselves enslaved? Will art and what he understands as Italy’s best sen- nese acting, this is commedia all’italiana, and but his sharp-eyed aunts make sure things are the swindler Nino, nephew of Giordano, lose sibilities. This film is showing on Saturday, it is a brilliant commentary on character and well cared for. And everyone, including Gior- everything in his movie-inspired ambitions? November 7, 7pm at the Museum of Photo- culture today in Italy. dano, accepts his dangerous anti-mining op- Will Giordano once again find himself lonely graphic Arts in Balboa Park. Director Pupi Avati In this Bologna a widow Lilliana (Katia Ric- erations because he is considered disposable, and rejected? ciarelli), fallen on very hard times, yet still less valuable than others in the area. But even Canne in Puglia. Once arrived the sly nephew While this movie roots itself in a post-war nar- Not just Italian films, an Italian perspective. supporting her adult and crooked son Nino with the exploding fields and beaches, this is schemes to leave with a good portion of his un- rative, its main feature is a penetrating look (Neri Marcorè), takes the desperate step of a utopia, where with the help of ancient agri- cle’s money, while his mother, whom Giordano review by at the characters, taking the one person who writing her brother-in-law in Puglia Giorda- cultural rhythms, peace and goodness prevail, loved when he was very young, cannot decide victOR lARucciA Ph.D., Executive Director SDIFF seems most marginalized, Giordano, and im- no (Albanese) for help, knowing that before where the southern Italian life cradles all in whether to stay or go, despite her previous life buing him with virtues that director Avati sees she was married, Giordano had a big crush slow growth and harmony. of misery and degradation. Somehow Giorda- as central to Italian identity – generosity, loy- T on her. She wavers, knowing that this might alty, humanity, and a view of work as a social no, with his simple code of doing things right his is Italy immediately after World War not be fair, but her slick son has no such and loving his family, offers himself, and his function, not personal advancement. II – Bologna now remnants of fierce bat- hesitation. Off to Puglia, he says, stealing a love, unreservedly, and in this complete sur- car from a trusting soul, heading south with For most American audiences, used to follow- render, Giordano wins, saving not only himself tles, churches there being used as large dreams of movie glory growing with every ing the story, the intent of this movie could but those closest to him. dormitories for those bombed out of their kilometer traveled. easily be lost. The story is simple – a robust but child-like man, whose mental develop- If Avati can be criticized for his sometimes homes, those with homes clinging to the few Giordano Ricci, whose late adolescent depres- syrupy set-up’s and saccharine view of life, it is ment was retarded in his teens by severe shock graces left them, the dishonest slyly stealing sion and mental defects have not been helped treatments, invites his widowed sister-in-law nonetheless important to see the long history even with a long series of shock treatments, Avati embodies in his sense of Italian character those graces. and her son to move from Bologna to Torre sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com
    • san diego italian film festival 2009 Sharing Italian Culture through Cinema October 15 to November 7 19 sdiff BRiNGs YOU MATER NATURA, ThE fiRsT MONThlY scREENiNG Of OUR NExT sEAsON. For our film schedule and news, please go to www.sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com Join our mailing list to receive announce- ments of SDIFF films and events. Winner, among other prizes, of the presti- teo Garrone’s breakthrough film The Embalm- gious audience award at the Settimana della er. Although Andrea reciprocates Desiderio’s critica of the 2005 Venice Film Festival - the feelings, he chooses a more conformist route Not just Italian films, an Italian perspective. only Italian contender in this category - Mater by marrying a classic and unaware good girl, natura, the first feature film by director Mas- thus breaking Desiderio’s heart until an un- review by simo Andrei, is an exuberant explosion of expected turn of events will force her to make PROF. clARissA clò, sDsu, Program Director SDIFF color, character and charisma à la Almodovar decisions that will change her life. and Priscilla Queen of the Desert, set in contem- In interviews director Andrei defined Mater I porary Naples. Incorporating and blending a natura not a film about transsexuals but one n addition to its regular annual film festival, variety of genres typical of Neapolitan theatri- about love and diversity from the point of view cal and cinematic traditions, from comedy to SDIFF also brings to its audiences monthly popular melodrama, tragedy, musicarelli, and of a marginalized community. If anything his is a film about transformation of body, mind, urban realism, the film is also an unapologeti- film screenings organized into thematic cally excessive and flamboyant transgender city, and social relations. It is a film about the possibility of overcoming prejudice and draw- interpretation of the local sceneggiata. mini-series showcasing Italian movies of ing on the resources offered by the local envi- The film follows the trials and triumphs of a ronment. Mater natura is ultimately the name today or masterpieces of the past. The first group of people from the city’s trans commu- of the agriturismo, or better, “agrifuturismo,” nity: transsexuals, transvestites, prostitutes, a utopian organic farm/psychological help cen- mini-series of this year will include films such actors, dancers, and femminielli, these latter ter that some members of this community will as the acclaimed Mater natura, which will be accepted and integrated figures of alterity in establish at the foot of Vesuvio to support men the Neapolitan human landscape and brought in crisis. Along with a colorful cast of charac- presented at the North Park Birch Theatre on on the screen with superb ability by veteran ters that also includes the former transgender performer Enzo Moscato. In particular, the member of Italian Parliament Vladimir Luxu- November 14. film centers on the life of Desiderio, a male to ria, the film offers luminous musical numbers female transsexual played by Maria Pia Cal- setting the stage for a world where everything zone, in love with Andrea, the beautiful and is possible. muscular owner of a car wash, played by Val- erio Foglia Manzillo, previously seen in Mat- mater natura date :: Saturday, November 14 time :: 7:00 pm Desire, male...or female. location :: The Birch North Park Theatre 2891 University Ave. San Diego, CA 92104-2929 cost :: $8.00 donation suggested No advance tickets - tickets available at door starting at 6:00 p.m. FREE PARKING in parking structure directly across 29th Street from the theatre directed by Massimo Andrei For questions please visit www.sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com
    • Beloved Daughters Photographs by Fazal Sheikh O cto be r 10, 2009 - Januar y 31, 2010 P r o u d p a r t n e r o f t h e S a n D i e g o I t a l i a n Fi l m Fe s t i v a l MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS 1649 El Prado :: Balboa Park :: San Diego, CA 92101 :: 619.238.7559 :: mopa.org Image Credits: ( Top Right) Malikh, from the project Ladli (Beloved Daughters), 2007, carbon inkjet print. ( Top Right) Menka, from the project Moksha (Heaven), 2005, carbon inkjet print. (Bottom Left) Seva Dasi, from the project Moksha (Heaven), 2005, carbon inkjet print. (Bottom Right) Kalawati, from the project Ladli (Beloved Daughters), 2007, carbon inkjet print. All images courtesy of Princeton University Art Museum, © Fazal Sheikh. Beloved Daughters: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh and associated publications have been made possible by Jane P. Watkins. This exhibition was organized by the Princeton University Art Museum. Ad d i t i o n a l s uppo r t p rovi de d by The R e s M e d Fo u n d a t io n , Co u n t y of S a n D ie g o Co mmu n it y E n h a n c e ment Fund s, a nd t he C it y o f S a n Dieg o Co mmissio n fo r A r t s & Cult ure.