#Cinema Italian Style 2013: Nov 15th to 23rd

Image courtesy of Cinema Italian Style 2013
Image courtesy of Cinema Italian Style 2013

Last year we published an article about the Cinema Italian Style festival in Los Angeles. The festival opens again this year this weekend with another great lineup of Italian films.

Here is the information about the festival:

November 15 – 23, 2013 at the Aero Theatre

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Join us at the Aero Theatre for our annual celebration of Italian cinema, with premieres of new films and actors and filmmakers in person all weekend! Toni Servillo appears in a dual role as a politician and as his flighty twin brother in the hilarious LONG LIVE FREEDOM; director Roberto Ando joins us in person for a discussion after the comedy. Further exploring the humorous potential of current Italian politics is Riccardo Milani’s WELCOME MR. PRESIDENT, the Capra-esque tale of a simple man who shakes up a cynical capitol with his straight forward approach to governing. Actress Kasia Smutniak will introduce the screening.
Food and family provide a touch of humor – and plenty of poignancy – to a pair of films making their Los Angeles debuts. A FIVE STAR LIFE follows an inspector for the Leading Hotels of the World who spends her life on the road testing the service at 5-star hotels; director Maria Sole Tognazzi joins us in person for a discussion after the film. In Paolo Genovese’s A PERFECT FAMILY, a rich man gathers the perfect family around him for the Christmas holidays – by hiring a troupe of actors. Lead actress Claudia Gerini will appear in person with the film.
On a different note, actress Valeria Golino makes her directorial debut with HONEY, a story of assisted suicide; the film’s star, Jasmine Trinca, joins us for the screening. Documentarian Leonardo Di Costanzo makes his narrative feature debut with THE INTERVAL, about two teens – one a captor, the other captive – in a cavernous building outside of Naples. Daniele Luchetti’s keenly observed THOSE HAPPY YEARS looks at a narcissistic artist whose career and marriage go up in flames. And director Giuseppe Tornatore (CINEMA PARADISO) returns with THE BEST OFFER, which stars Geoffrey Rush as the manager of a prestigious auction house who becomes obsessed with a mysterious client. Twenty years after his passing, we remember Federico Fellini with director Ettore Scola’s new documentary HOW STRANGE TO BE NAMED FEDERICO, followed by a screening of the iconic Fellini tale of the stylish Italian jet set (and the film that originated the term "paparazzi"), LA DOLCE VITA.
All films are in Italian with English subtitles, unless otherwise noted.

Series compiled by Laura Delli Colli, Camilla Cormanni and Gwen Deglise. Program notes by John Hagelston.

Presented by Luce Cinecitta and the American Cinematheque with the support of the Italian Ministry of Culture-Film Department, the Italian Trade Commission, Los Angeles, Leading Hotels of the World, Marchon, Rossano Ferretti, Uber, Vhernier. Media Partner Variety. In collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute, Los Angeles. Under the auspices of the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles.This program is part of the 2013 celebration – Year of Italian Culture in the USA.

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