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All screenings will take place on the Film Society's Screen #3 at St. Anthony Main Theater. 

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Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 7:30 PM - IN GUERRA PER AMORE (AT WAR FOR LOVE)

ierfrancesco Diliberto “Pif”

narrative / comedy

99 mins / 2016


Italian with English subtitles

Minnesota premiere

How far are you willing to travel for love? While working in a high-class restaurant in New York City in 1943, Arturo (“Pif”) finds an answer to this question. A young Sicilian immigrant, he is broke and in love with his boss’ niece, Flora (Miriam Leone), a beautiful Italian woman. The two want to marry, but they first need her father’s blessing. The trouble? He lives in Sicily. Without money for travel, Arturo enlists in the U.S. Army, and fortunately, he’s deployed to Sicily, where nothing short of misadventure ensues. In this romantic journey through Italy’s past, Pif’s latest comedy unfolds in classic Italian style, drawing out the complexities of love, war, and organized crime.

Introduction by Joseph Sannicandro

Principal cast: Pif, Miriam Leone, Andrea Di Stefano, Stella Egitto

Awards: David di Donatello Awards (2017); Best Production Designer, Festival del cinema di Spello (2017); Best Production Design, Premio Berenice (2017)

Pierfrancesco Diliberto “Pif,”
born in Polermo, is the son of Italian director Maurizio Dilberto. He has worked as an assistant director, an actor, a writer, and as a television host. In 2007 he started his own television show on MTV, Il Testimone (The Witness). In 2013, he began his filmmaking career, directing, writing, and starring in his first feature film La mafia uccide solo d'estate (The Mafia Kills Only in Summer), which screened at the 2015 IFF of MSP.   

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 7:00 PM - TUTTO QUELLO CHE VUOI (FRIENDS BY CHANCE)

Francesco Bruni

narrative / comedy

106 mins / 2017


Italian with English subtitles

Minnesota premiere

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.

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

Awards: Special Nastro d’Argento, Giuliano Montaldo (2017); Nastro d’Argento, Best Screenplay (2017)

Francesco Bruni started his professional career as a screenwriter with the film Condominio (1991). In 1994 he started a long collaboration with director Paolo Virzì working on the film La bella vita.

In 2011, Bruni made his directorial debut with Easy!, which earned him the David di Donatello for Best New Director as well as the Silver Ribbon award in the same category. He currently teaches screenwriting at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome.

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 9:15 PM - LA GUERRA DEI CAFONI (THE WAR OF THE BUMPKINS)

Davide Barletti and Lorenzo Conte

narrative / comedy

97 mins / 2017


Italian with English subtitles

Minnesota premiere

Once upon a time… Summer 1975. In a village on the eastern coast of Puglia, a war is rekindled between the sons of the wealthy and the children of local fishermen, shepherds, and farmers: the so-called cafoni or “bumpkins.” Based on a novel by the same name, the film uses childhood skirmishes over territory and bragging rights to tackle historical class divisions that are relevant still relevant, even today. However, out of a tragically comic misunderstanding, the leader of the rich kids declares war and quickly learns that his view of the world needs an update. A film about childhood and class that revises our concepts of “good” and “evil,” this adaptation is at once a love story, a training course, and a fairy tale.

Principal cast: Pasquale Patruno, Letizia Pia Cartolaro, Donato Paterno, Angelo Pignatelli

Introduction by Joseph Sannicandro

Festivals: International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands (2017); Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente, Argentina (2017); Munich Film Festival, Germany (2017); Seville European Film Festival (2017)

Davide Barletti is a director, screenwriter, and producer, and he is one of the founders of the collective audiovisual Fluid Video Crew. Through the collective, he has worked on films, documentaries, shorts, and television.

Lorenzo Conte is a writer, director, and one of the founders of the independent collective Fluid Video Crew, which produces video installations and documentary films. In 2008, he directed his first feature film Fine Pena Mai, which worked on with Davide Barletti.  

 February 24, 2018 - 3:00 PM - INDIVISIBILI (INDIVISIBLE)

Edoardo De Angelis


100 mins / 2017


Italian with English subtitles

Minnesota premiere

“I feel like I’m dreaming,” says young Daisy to her sister Viola over halfway into Indivisibili, and it’s a sentiment likely to be echoed by audiences. A subtle and appealing Neopolitan fable that unfolds with the often brutal logic of a fairytale, Edoardo De Angelis award-winning film has the feel of updated folklore — a Brothers Grimm classic, perhaps — relocated to contemporary Italy. Daisy and Viola (Angela and Marianna Fontana) are conjoined twin sisters living in the suburbs of Naples. From a young age, they having been singing talents, performing at weddings, communions, and baptisms for pay. Their gigs become the main source of income for their family, creating a situation that only strengthens the bond between sisters. Sheltered and isolated in a world dominated by their father’s invasive presence, the twins’ lives are turned upside down when one of them falls in love for the first time. A provocative coming-of-age story, Indivisibili is a moving tale about bravery, love, and friendship.

Introduction by Kathleen Rider

Principal cast: Angela Fontana, Marianna Fontana, Massimiliano Rossi, Antonia Truppo

Awards: Best Costume Design and Best Score, Bari International Film Festival (2017); Best Screenplay, Costume Design, and Music, David di Donatello Awards (2017); Best Supporting Actress, Antonia Truppo, David di Donatello Awards (2017)

Edoardo De Angelis is a film director and screenwriter born in Naples. He studied filmmaking at "Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia" in Rome. His films have screened around the world and have won several awards, including his two previous features: Mozzarella Stories (2011) and Perez (2014).

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 5:00 PM - Building Bridges: Emerging Filmmaker Awards Ceremony and Screening

The IFF is proud to unveil the Building Bridges: Emerging Filmmaker Awards for the best short films made in Italy and Minnesota. You certainly won't want to miss the winning short films, chosen by our talented panel of jurors, which will screen Saturday night. The awards ceremony and a discussion with the filmmakers will follow. 

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 7:00 PM - IL PADRE D'ITALIA (FATHER BY CHANCE)

Fabio Mollo

narrative / drama

93 mins / 2017


Italian with English subtitles

Minnesota premiere

**Post-screening Q&A with visiting filmmaker**

Paolo (Marinelli) is a sceptical, and at times ill-tempered, thirty-year-old who works as a sales clerk in a Turin Department Store. Mia (Ragonese) is a backup singer in a band; she’s pregnant and homeless, and her pink hair and flashy style stand out in a crowd. By chance, the two meet at nightclub and it’s not long before they “borrow” a van from Paolo’s store and make their way from Turin to Rome. A geographical and emotional road trip, the two strangers become friends as they embark on a cross-country journey, discovering themselves, their country, and each other. Visually charming, Mollo’s second feature brilliantly tackles outdated ideas about gender, sexuality, and family with this unexpected story about love and what it means to really need one another.

Principal cast: Luca Marinelli, Isabella Ragonese, Anna Ferruzzo, Mario Sgueglia

Awards: Jury Prize, Best Film, Festival du Film Italien de Villerupt (2017); Young Jury Prize, Best Film, Festival du Film Italien de Villerupt (2017); Best Actress, Isabella Ragonese, Golden Globes Italy (2017); Audience Award, Best Film, Ortigia Film Festival (2017)

Fabio Mollo studied Visual Theory and Film History at the University of East London and filmmaking at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. In 2011, he was among the ten young international directors selected by the Cannes Film Festival for the Atelier of the Cinéfondation. His short film Al buio premiered at the 62nd Venice Film Festival, and Giganti, which won the Best Short Film Award at the Turin Film Festival. His first feature film Il Sud è niente screened at the 7th annual IFF of MSP.

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 9:30 PM - SPETTACOLO 

Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen


91  mins / 2017


Italian with English subtitles

Minnesota premiere

Once upon a time... villagers in a tiny hill town in Tuscany decided to confront their issues by turning their lives into a play. Every summer, the piazza becomes their stage and residents of all ages play a part: themselves. Monticchiello’s annual tradition has attracted worldwide attention and kept the town together for nearly 50 years. However, with an aging population and a new generation more interested in Facebook than farming, the town’s most recent performance might be its last. Spettacolo tells the story of Teatro Povero di Monticchiello by interweaving episodes from its past with its present and showing the process by which villagers turn a series of devastating blows into a new play about the end of their world.

Introduction by Peter Schilling

Festivals: South by Southwest, USA (2017); Tallgrass Film Festival, USA (2017); Northwest Film Forum, USA (2017)

Jeff Malmberg is a documentary director and editor based in Los Angeles. His films have the  support of a Guggenheim Fellowship and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Sundance Documentary Fund, Creative Capital, and the Tribeca Film Institute.

Chris Shellen is a writer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She produced the award-winning documentary Marwencol and co-authored the companion art book Welcome to Marwencol, which was named one of the Best Books of 2015 by Amazon. Spettacolo is her directorial debut.

Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 1:00 PM - IL BOOM

Vittorio De Sica

classic / comedy

85 mins / 1963


Italian with English subtitles

What would you give up for success? What would you be ready to sacrifice in order to keep “living large”? Giovanni Alberti (Sordi), a mid-level executive during the economic boom following WWII, goes to absurd lengths to maintain his family’s standard of living. So, when Signora Bausetti (Nicolai), the wife of a wealthy industrialist, makes him an offer that would wipe out his debts, Giovanni is faced with an eye-popping dilemma, literally. A zany film about Italy’s postwar transition from reconstruction to consumerism, De Sica’s classic “Italian style” comedy offers a timely critique of economic swings. Sordi stars in one of his most celebrated performances.

Don’t miss this beautiful digital restoration by Rialto Pictures!

Introduction by Graeme Stout

Principal cast: Alberto Sordi, Elena Nicolai, Gianna Maria Canale

Vittorio De Sica was born in Sora, Italy in 1901, and grew up in Naples. While in his teens he worked as an office clerk to help support his family, but soon found acting a more satisfying escape from the drudgery of his youth. He made a name as a suave leading man in Italian films from the fascist period, mostly light comedies. During World War II, he turned to directing, and after the war he directed two of the most significant films of postwar Italian neorealism, Shoeshine (1946) and Bicycle Thieves (1948). Throughout his carrer, De Sica won 4 Academy Awards and several other prestigious international prizes, including the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival and a Lion Bear at Berlin.

Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 3:00 PM - A CIAMBRA

Jonas Carpignano

narrative / drama

120 mins / 2017


Italian with English subtitles

MN premiere

In A Ciambra, a small Romani community in Calabria, Pio (Amato) is desperate to grow up fast. At 14, he drinks, smokes and easily slides between the regions’ multiple factions—local Italians, African immigrants, and his fellow Romani. Pio follows his older brother Cosimo everywhere, learning the necessary skills for life on the streets. When Cosimo disappears and things start to go wrong, Pio faces an ethical dilemma, and he is forced to decide, before he is ready and at enormous cost, what kind of person he wants to be. To put the film’s central problem in political terms, Pio is forced to choose between solidarity and identity, between friendship and blood, and between universalism and community. A Ciambra, which includes Martin Scorsese among its executive producers, shows some of his influence as well, in its depiction of crime as a family business and in its attention to masculine codes of loyalty, violence, and respect.

Introduction by Jen Caruso

Principal cast: Pio Amato, Koudous Seihon, Damiano Amato, Francesco Pio Amato

Festivals and Awards: Cannes Film Festival, France (2017); Label Europa Cinema, Cannes (2017); Best actor, Pio Amato, Seville European Film Festival (2017); Cinema Extraordinare, Bergen International Film Festival (2017)

JONAS CARPIGNANO spent his childhood between Rome and New York City. He began making films at Wesleyan University and his work as a director has been shown around the world. His films have received awards at Cannes, Venice, and Sundance. His first feature film Mediterranea (2015) debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and was named best directorial debut by the National Board of Review.

Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 6:00 PM - SMETTO QUANDO VOGLIO: MASTERCLASS

Sydney Sibilia

narrative / comedy

118 mins / 2017


Italian with English subtitles

Minnesota premiere

They’re back! Well, really, they never left. As a matter of survival, Pietro Zinni (Leo) and his co-workers tried to create a legal drug that would make them millions. Instead, it landed them in jail. But now the government needs them, and at the request of Inspector Paola Coletti (Scarano), Zinni must get the gang back together to stop the circulation of illegal “smart drugs.” Of course, they are met with a slew of unbelievable and unforeseen events, a succession of accidents, explosions, and assaults. Coming up against ever-worsening enemies, endless chases, and incredible situations, this sequel to Sibilia’s 2014 hit, Smetto, Quando, Voglio (I Can Quit Whenever I Want) is an absolute rollercoaster. Even if you haven’t seen the first installment, this hysterical film promises to get your blood racing.

Principal cast: Edoardo Leo, Valerio Aprea, Paolo Calabresi, Libero De Rienzo, Stefano Fresi

Festivals and Awards: Festival del Cinema Italiano Tokyo, Japan (2017); Nominated for Nastro d’Argento for Best Actress, Best Costume Design, and Best Production Design (2017)

Sydney Sibilia began making short films in 2007, and he directed Oggi Gira Così (2010), a film which collected numerous honors. In 2014, he directed his first feature-length film, Smetto Quando Voglio, which was met with high praise at many festivals, receiving twelve David di Donatello nominations and winning a host of national and international honors, including the Nastro d'Argento Award for Best Producer and the Ciak d'Oro director’s award for Revelation of the year.


All screenings will take place on the Film Society's Screen #3 at St. Anthony Main Theater. 

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Assitente di produzione

Andrea & Vittorio Raimondi


Nancy Azzam

Astrid Garino & Massimo Costalonga
Brian Balleria & Joan Bechtold

Aiuto Regista

Catherine Allan

Giacomo and Denise D'Aurora

Elizabeth Fletcher

Jeff Lotz

Nassim and Federico Rossi

Joseph Pingatore

Dominic Sposeto & Kitty Schneider

Anthony Tedesco

Individual Film Sponsorship

Christopher Beaudet

Joe and Genie Dixon

Cynthia & Ronald Curran

Brian and Jesse Fanciulli

Michael Harlow

Christine Imbra

Joan and Rick Naymark

Luisa O'Gara

Marco Pavoloni, Honorary Consul to Italy

Nancy Schaefer, Honorary ICC Board Member

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Contributors and Supporters

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Epicurean Garden Catering for the Winter Party by Giada Nucera, ICC Board Member

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Common Good Books

Nonna Rosa's Ristorante Italiano


Romina Montanari 

Emily Mellon, 
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