November 10 - 15, 2011, at the Egyptian and Aero Theatres
Join us at the Egyptian and Aero Theatres for our annual celebration of Italian cinema, opening with Italy’s official Oscar submission for Best Foreign-Language Film, Emanuele Crialese's topical drama TERRAFERMA. Following is an array of Italy’s best films, with an emphasis on the country's strong year for comedies: Nanni Moretti's papal crowdpleaser WE HAVE A POPE, starring Michel Piccoli as an insecure cardinal; Paulo Genovese's THE IMMATURE, an ensemble comedy about a long-overdue reunion of a group of former best friends; Gianni Di Gregorio's THE SALT OF LIFE, in which an aging married man dabbles in the possibility of being a cradle robber; Sergio Castellito's family farce LOVE & SLAPS, about a successful architect (Castellito) nervously celebrating his half-century birthday, augmented by the arrival of his daughter and her senior-citizen boyfriend; and CHILL, starring Fabrizio Bentivoglio as an apathetic retiree who discovers he has a 15-year-old son. Also on offer is an excellent selection of powerful dramas, including Alice Rohrwacher's Cannes official selection CORPO CELESTE, about a self-conscious preteen preparing for her Catholic confirmation; Mario Martone's recently recut historical epic WE BELIEVED, following the events of Italy's unification in the mid 19th century; Cristina Comencini's Venice Film Festival official selection WHEN THE NIGHT, starring Claudia Pandolfi as a struggling single mother on vacation in rural Italy; Giuseppe Gagliardi’s TATANKA, about an ex-convict boxer trying to go straight; and THE FATHER AND THE FOREIGNER, an international thriller from director Ricky Tognazzi starring Alessandro Gassman.
All films in Italian with English subtitles.
Attend screenings at the Aero November 12-15 and you could win a trip for 2 to Rome!
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Series compiled by Laura Delli Colli, with the assistance of Gwen Deglise. Program notes by Beth Hanna.