2011 - 88 min. - Drama
Director: Emanuele Crialese
Cast: Filippo Pucillo, Donatella Finocchiaro, Giuseppe Fiorello, Mimmo Cuticchio
Winner Silver Lion - Special Jury Award at the Venice Film Festival 2011
Moderator: Hisham Bizri, Filmmaker and Associate Professor of Film,
Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota Click to see trailer
Filippo is a simple, naïve, young man who lives on the small Sicilian island of Linosa, far from the Italian mainland (called “terraferma” or “solid land” by the locals). One fateful day while trolling the sea in their fishing boat, Filippo and his grandfather, Ernesto encounter a raft full of exhausted African illegal immigrants. What happens next illustrates the contrast between the “law of the land” and the “law of the sea”. “Terraferma” is not simply a story of illegal immigrants, intolerance, and cultural diversity; it is an accurate portrait of the life of Sicilian fishermen, and the difficult life-changing choices available to a new generation. Beautifully framed by the picturesque images of a volcanic island and the Sicilian sea, this film illustrates the complexity of a seemingly simple life, where the water of the sea simultaneously represents a tourist attraction, a source of daily sustenance and a passageway of hope for a new life.
Brian and Jesse Fanciulli
Saturday, April 6th - 4:00 PM
Un giorno speciale
(A Special Day)
2012 -89 min.- Drama
Director: Francesca Comencini
Cast: Giulia Valentini, Filippo Scicchitano
Nominated for the Golden Lion Award of the 69th International Venice Film Festival 2012.
Moderator: Sarah E. Christopher Faggioli, Italian Program Coordinator, University of St. Thomas Click to see trailer
Young Roman suburbanites Gina and Marco are forced to enter the world of adults in this celebrated film. Gina is driven by motivation to please her mother and dreams of becoming an actress. Marco works as a chauffeur for a politician. On his first day on the job, Marco is assigned to drive Gina to meet Marco’s boss, who led Gina to believe he could help her enter the entertainment world. The story that unfolds takes viewers from the shabby outskirts of Rome to the glitzy downtown all the while building a case against the power imbalances that exist in contemporary Italy. This film explores the sharp division between powerful adults and those they seek to exploit. Despite their circumstances, Gina and Marco maintain a freshness and innocence that leaves the audience hopeful, if not a little changed by this unforgettable story.
The Tony and Giada Nucera Family
Saturday, April 6th - 6:00 PM
L'estate di Giacomo
(Summer of Giacomo)
2011 - 78 min.- Romantic Docu-fictionWinner Golden Leopard Filmmakers of the Present – Locarno International Film Festival 2011
Director: Alessandro Comodin
Cast: Giacomo Zulian, Stefania Comodin, Barbara Colombo
Click to see trailer
Grand Prize Woosuk Award – Jeonju Film Festival 2012
Grand Prix - Belfort International Film Festival
Moderator: Massimo Bonavita and Director, Alessandro Comodin
Giacomo and Stefania are two teenagers hiking along the banks of the Tagliamento river, in the northeastern region of Friuli. The excursion soon becomes an exciting adventure: not only for the exploration of the woods, river and the abandoned cottages, but, above all, because of the growing curiosity Giacomo and Stefania have toward each other. The skin begins to burn, not just because of the sun’s heat. Summer is a season of life. The camera follows the deaf Giacomo and a childhood girlfriend Stefi closely -- in the woods, by the river -- without disrupting the mystery of their relationship which is a combination of restrained sensuality and childhood games. Many critics regard this lyrical and modest docu-fiction as the best Italian debut in years.
Treat and Company
Saturday, April 6th - 8:30 PM
Io sono Li
(Shun Li and the Poet)
2011 - 92 min. - Drama
Director: Andrea Segre
Cast: Tao Zhao, Rade Serbedzija
Winner Best Actress – David di Donatello 2012 (Academy of Italian Cinema)
Winner Satyajit Ray Award – London Film Festival 2012
Winner Laterna Magica Prize, FEDIC Award and Lina Mangiacapre Award –
Venice Film Festival 2011
Winner European Parliament’s LUX Award Click to see trailer
“A contemporary snapshot of Italy; a slice-of-life reflection on the meeting of two cultures.”
Elisabetta Povoledo, The New York Times
Moderator: Massimo Faggioli, Assistant Professor of Theology, University of St. Thomas
Shun Li is an illegal Chinese immigrant in Italy who works as a barmaid in a rundown waterfront café in Venice. Shin Li -- a shy, single mother -- is treated as a virtual slave of the café’s owners. Bepi, nicknamed “the poet” is a grizzled fisherman who has a tragic past in Croatia. Bepi senses Shun Li has a well of loneliness similar to his own.
Director Andrea Segre artfully portrays the encounter between two people in crisis as their cultural roots fade. Shun Li and the Poet captures the language of Italian neorealism and the dream-like aesthetics of Eastern cinema. A backwater lagoon within sight of shimmering Venice is the backdrop of this poignant portrait of friendship and love that bridges the divides of language and prejudice.
In Italian and Mandarin with English subtitles.
Sunday, April 7th - 2:00 PM
Conducted by Niccolò Bruna, Director of “Dust” and
Alessandro Comodin, Director of “Summer of Giacomo”
Niccolò Bruna and Alessandro Comodin will share their expertise in creating dramatic and documentary films. Attendees at this workshop will learn how the directors’ personal histories, social motivations and artistic leanings led them to create the films featured at the film festival..
The workshop is free to the public.
Niccolò Bruna (Born in 1974 in Turin, Italy)
Niccolò is a filmmaker and an independent producer. He holds a degree in Modern Literature with a focus on Film Studies. He attended the Italian National School of Cinema. Niccolò has been experimenting with the expressive tools of documentary filmmaking since he attended the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión (The International Film and TV School) in Cuba in 1998. For the past 15 years his objective is to create quality film productions with human interest while offering a fresh view of powerful social issues. He has directed a number of documentaries, including Con la carne de mi puerquito (Cuba, 1999), Materi, una casa in Africa (Kenya, 1999), Storie di paglia (Italy, 2003) and My nigerian sisters (Nigeria, 2005). He is the founder of the Associazione di autori indipendenti Colombre (Colombre - Association of Independent Authors www.colombre.it).
Alessandro Comodin (Born in 1982 in San Vito al Tagliamento in Friuli, Northeast Italy)
Alessandro was deeply influenced by the dialect poetry of Pier Paolo Pasolini, a celebrated and controversial filmmaker and poet. After his post graduate literature studies in Bologna, Alessandro went to Paris to study film. He was later admitted to the National Institute for Spectacle Arts in Brussels, Belgium. In 2009, he completed his graduation film, Jagdfieber, a documentary about hunting that Alessandro shared at the Directors’ Fortnight of the Cannes Film Festival. The Summer of Giacomo (2011) is Alessandro’s first feature-length film and was presented at the Film Festival of Locarno, Switzerland, where won the Golden Pardo.
Sunday, April 7th - 4:30 PM
La kryptonite nella borsa
2011 - 98 min. - Comedy
Director: Ivan Cotroneo
Cast: Valeria Golino, Luca Zingaretti, Luigi Catani
Winner Best Actress - Annecy Italian Film Festival
Moderator: Giacomo D’Aurora; Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
Click to see trailer
Kryptonite! is the directorial debut of highly regarded novelist and screenwriter Ivan Cotroneo (I Am Love). It’s 1970s Naples and bullied, nine year-old Peppino is watching the world around him as his extended dysfunctional family changes. Psychedelic flower power and hippie love is threatening the traditional southern Italian family. Dad is having an affair and Mom has taken to her bed with depression. Super-mod brother and sister Titina and Salvatore take Peppino under their wings, introducing him to demonstrations and love-ins and caped superhero Gennaro visits Peppino after Gennaro is killed by the number 12 bus. The imaginary appearances of Peppino’s older cousin help the young boy navigate the complicated adult world, as well as encouraging Peppino to accept his individuality in spite of what is said at home and at school.
With Italian versions of period classic songs, all the colors of peace and love amid the city’s backstreets, seventies-set Kryptonite! is a fresh, tender and funny tale exploring love, diversity and dreams.
Nancy and Gary Schaefer
Sunday, April 7th - 7:00 PM
È stato il figlio
(It was the son)
2012 - 90 min. - Comic Drama
Director: Daniele Cipri
Cast: Toni Servillo, Giselda Volodi, Alfredo Castro, Fabrizio Falco
Winner Golden Osella at Venice Festival 2012 (Outstanding Technical Contribution for Cinematography)
Nominated for Best Film at the London Film Festival 2012 and for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival 2012
Moderator: Steve Appelhans
Click to see trailer
Nicola’s ordinary life is upended when his daughter is caught in the crossfire of a Mafia shootout. As he attempts to get compensation for his daughter’s misfortune, Nicola becomes entangled in a web of obligation and debt. What comes next is a comic story that pits loved ones against each other. As a bystander walks the audience through this strange, cautionary tale, dazzling images illustrate a story that could only take place in Sicily. Cruel fate and unsettling comedy are kept in wonderful balance by Director Daniele Ciprì’s warm feelings toward his protagonists. The imaginative videographic imagery in this movie provides deep insights into the culture of this island while spinning a yarn from Sicily’s complicated folklore. The central story is a moral parable about the corrupting power of money inspired from a recent novel by Sicilian writer Roberto Alajmo.
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