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Films are a big part of the Italian cultural experience and are deeply woven in the country’s fabric. Since the development of the Italian film industry in the early 1900s, Italian filmmakers and performers have enjoyed great international acclaim and have influenced film movements throughout the world. As of 2015, Italian films have won 14 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, the most of any country. 

Every year, the ICC presents a series of outstanding contemporary films in our annual Italian Film Festival. We also offer screenings throughout the year in our CineForum series.

Through the lens of drama, comedies and documentaries, our movies broaden the view of Italy and offer a new perspective on the country and its people. Take a journey to Italy without leaving Minnesota.


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Upcoming events

    • 09 Oct 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Film Society's Screen #3 at St. Anthony Main, 115 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, MN 55414

    Sponsor the next screening of 2019!


    Help us make the 10-year retrospective of the Italian Film Festival a success. Consider making a $150 donation
    ($126 deductible) and receive 2 free tickets to the movie. We will send a code to book your free tickets.

    Your donation will be greatly appreciated and will help us ensure a successful screening for the entire community.

    Grazie,

    The ICC Team


    TUTTO QUELLO CHE VUOI (Friends by Chance)

    Comedy / Drama
    Director: Francesco Bruni

    An aimless young troublemaker, Alessandro (Carpenzano), squanders his days gambling and getting into fights, and he often spends his nights in jail. With few prospects, he begrudgingly accepts a job as a companion to Giorgio (Montaldo), an elderly poet suffering from Alzheimer's. On their daily walks, the two banter and become friends, and Alessandro quickly learns more about this forgotten poet as the old man's memory drifts. After learning a secret from Giorgio's past, Alessandro and his friends work to uncover the mystery of this tale, an unexpected history lesson and a touching coming-of-age adventure. 

    This little gem of Italian cinema, nominated for three prestigious Nastro d'Argento awards and winner of one, will make you laugh and cry. A film not to be missed, with unforgettable performances by Andrea Carpenzano and Giuliano Montaldo.

    In Italian with English subtitles.

    Principal Cast: Andrea Carpenzano, Giuliano Montaldo, Arturo Bruni, Antonio Gerardi


    Awards

    Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Giuliano Montaldo), Youngs' David, David di Donatello (2018)

    Special Nastro d'Argento, Giuliano Montaldo (2017)

    Nastro d'Argento, Best Screenplay (2017)


    This movie was originally shown at our 10th edition of the IFF in 2018. 








    • 09 Oct 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Film Society's Screen #3 at St. Anthony Main Theater , 115 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, MN 55414


    ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL of Minneapolis / St. Paul
    A 10-year retrospective


    This year again, the Italian Cultural Center, in partnership with the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul, is happy to bring the best of Italian cinema to the Twin Cities. 2019 is a special edition celebrating the best movies of the past 10 years of the Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis / St. Paul (IFF). The movies selected by our committee will be screened throughout the year leading up to the IFF's 11th edition, Feb. 20-23, 2020. 

    Join us on Wednesday, October, 9, 7:00 pm, for the seventh screening of this special edition with Tutto quello che vuoi (Friends by Chance), a little gem of Italian cinema will make you laugh and cry.

    All screenings will take place on the Film Society's Screen #3 at St. Anthony Main Theater. All films are in Italian with English subtitles. Future date and title: In guerra per amore (Dec. 11th).
     

    CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

    Active ICC Member Only promo code: IFF10


    Sponsor this seventh screening! Help us make the 10-year retrospective of the Italian Film Festival a success. Consider making a $150 donation ($126 deductible) and receive 2 free tickets to the movie.

    Your donation will be greatly appreciated and will help us ensure a successful screening for the entire community. CLICK HERE to donate and receive 2 free tickets


    TUTTO QUELLO CHE VUOI (Friends by Chance)

    Comedy / Drama
    Director: Francesco Bruni

    An aimless young troublemaker, Alessandro (Carpenzano), squanders his days gambling and getting into fights, and he often spends his nights in jail. With few prospects, he begrudgingly accepts a job as a companion to Giorgio (Montaldo), an elderly poet suffering from Alzheimer's. On their daily walks, the two banter and become friends, and Alessandro quickly learns more about this forgotten poet as the old man's memory drifts. After learning a secret from Giorgio's past, Alessandro and his friends work to uncover the mystery of this tale, an unexpected history lesson and a touching coming-of-age adventure. 

    This little gem of Italian cinema, nominated for three prestigious Nastro d'Argento awards and winner of one, will make you laugh and cry. A film not to be missed, with unforgettable performances by Andrea Carpenzano and Giuliano Montaldo.

    In Italian with English subtitles.

    Principal Cast: Andrea Carpenzano, Giuliano Montaldo, Arturo Bruni, Antonio Gerardi


    Awards

    Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Giuliano Montaldo), Youngs' David, David di Donatello (2018)

    Special Nastro d'Argento, Giuliano Montaldo (2017)

    Nastro d'Argento, Best Screenplay (2017)


    This movie was originally shown at our 10th edition of the IFF in 2018. 














Past events

11 Sep 2019 Sponsor an Individual Movie: Noi e la Giulia
11 Sep 2019 Italian Film Festival: a 10-year retrospective. Screening: Noi e la Giulia. EF19
11 Sep 2019 Happening in the Community: Year of Italy @ Global Minnesota
14 Aug 2019 Sponsor an Individual Movie: Se Dio vuole
14 Aug 2019 Italian Film Festival: a 10-year retrospective. Screening: Se Dio vuole
10 Jul 2019 Sponsor an Individual Movie: Il Padre d'Italia
10 Jul 2019 Italian Film Festival: a 10-year retrospective. Screening: Il Padre d'Italia
12 Jun 2019 Sponsor an Individual Movie: Latin Lover
12 Jun 2019 Italian Film Festival: a 10-year retrospective. Screening: Latin Lover
08 May 2019 Sponsor an Individual Movie: Basilicata Coast to Coast
08 May 2019 Italian Film Festival: a 10-year retrospective. Second screening: Basilicata Coast to Coast. In Italian only. No English subtitles
05 May 2019 Happening in the Community - Vini d'Italia: Tour 2019
04 Apr 2019 Italian Movies at MSP International Film Festival
13 Mar 2019 Sponsor an Individual Movie: Smetto Quando Voglio
13 Mar 2019 Italian Film Festival: a 10-year retrospective. First screening: Smetto Quando Voglio.
01 Feb 2019 Happening in the Community - Walker Art Center: Italian Filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, dialogue with Scott Foundas + screenings
23 Dec 2018 Happening in the Community: The Trylon presents La Dolce Vita
30 Nov 2018 Happening in the Community: Showcasing Two Digital Projects on Pre-modern Venice
12 Apr 2018 Happening in the Community: free screening of "Io Sono Li", 2011 Italian drama movie
07 Apr 2017 Neorealism’s Casualisation of Labour - Lecture at the UoM with Professor Karl Schoonover
06 Apr 2017 ES17 “By Italians, for Italians”: Italo-American Movie Theatres
06 Apr 2017 The Cinematic Life of Petroleum - Workshop at the UoM with Professor Karl Schoonover
14 Feb 2016 Cineforum Series: Film “Matrimonio all’italiana” (Marriage Italian Style)
05 Oct 2015 RED DESERT (1964) A film by Italian Director Michelangelo Antonioni
22 May 2015 Eurochannel Short Films Tour
24 Apr 2015 EN15 U of M Film, "Refugees in Cinecitta"- Friday, April 24
01 Mar 2015 The Mafia Only Kills in Summer (La mafia uccide solo d'estate)
01 Mar 2015 Love in the City (L’amore in città)
01 Mar 2015 Italy in a Day (Un giorno da italiani)
28 Feb 2015 South Is Nothing (Il Sud è niente)
28 Feb 2015 Off Road (Fuoristrada)
28 Feb 2015 Zoran, My Nephew the Idiot (Zoran, il mio nipote scemo)
27 Feb 2015 Inside Buffalo
27 Feb 2015 The Art of Happiness (L'Arte della Felicità)
26 Feb 2015 I Can Quit Whenever I Want (Smetto Quando Voglio)
26 Feb 2015 VIP Pass - Includes all films and opening night party
26 Feb 2015 Opening Night Party plus film ticket
24 Oct 2014 FREE Screening – Men of the Cloth – Friday, October 24
07 Oct 2014 EF14 NEW! MEMBER ONLY Appreciation Movie Night! - Tuesday Evening, October 7
08 Mar 2014 Il restauro dei luoghi Verdiani - da Roncole a Sant'Agata passando per Busseto (Restoring Verdi's Places - from Roncole to Sant'Agata via Busseto)
07 Apr 2013 È stato il figlio (It was the son) tickets and sponsorship
07 Apr 2013 La kryptonite nella borsa (Kryptonite!) tickets and sponsorship
06 Apr 2013 Io sono Li (Shun Li and the Poet) tickets and sponsorship
06 Apr 2013 L'estate di Giacomo (Summer of Giacomo) tickets and sponsorship
06 Apr 2013 Un giorno speciale (A Special Day) tickets and sponsorship
05 Apr 2013 Terraferma (Dry Land) tickets and sponsorship
04 Apr 2013 Polvere -Il grande processo dell'amianto (Dust-The Great Asbestos Trial) tickets and sponsorship
04 Apr 2013 Italian Film Festival 2013
22 Feb 2013 CineForum 2013: Blow Up
25 Jan 2013 CineForum 2013: Il deserto rosso
25 May 2012 CineForum 2012: Mio fratello è figlio unico (My Brother Is an Only Child)
30 Mar 2012 Italian Film Festival 2012
10 Jun 2011 La Doppia Ora at Edina Theater
05 Mar 2011 Fundraiser for Italian Film Festival 2011
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