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The 11th Italian Film Festival (IFF) has concluded for another year and we hope that you enjoyed it as much as we did!

On behalf of the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St Paul and its Board of Directors, we wish to thank everyone who supported and attended the festival

Every year, it is a continued pleasure to partner with the MSP Film SocietyLorenzo Fabbri, IFF Program Curator and McKnight Land-Grant Professor for the Department of French and Italian at the University of Minnesota. 

Thank you also to our tireless volunteers, the IFF team, the Film Selection Committee and Knock's creative team who worked hard before and during the festival. 

Last, but certainly not least, thank you to our generous sponsors. Your continued support helps us develop high quality educational programs
 and cultural events which are vital to our mission.  Together, we continue to create a welcoming space where we can discover and enjoy all aspects of Italian culture in Minnesota

We extend our heartfelt thanks to each of you and hope to see you all at the 12th IFF in 2021!

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OPENING NIGHT! Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 6:00 PM. Director Phaim Bhuiyan attending!

Phaim Bhuiyan / Comedy / 84 mins / 2019 / Italy
Italian and Bengali with English subtitles

OPENING NIGHT APERITIVO – Thursday, February  20th from 6-7:15 pm

The 11th edition of the Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis / St. Paul (IFF), organized by The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis / St. Paul and presented in partnership with MSP Film Society, kicks off with an Aperitivo, the Italian-style Happy Hour in Pracna on Main’s Fireside Room, adjacent to St. Anthony Main Theatre.
Aperitivo is also an invitation to relax and mingle with our special guests including Phaim Bhuiyan, director of BANGLA,
Mauro Maugeri, winner of The Building Bridges’ Best Italian Short Film and Joe Fairbanks, winner of The Building Bridges’ Best Minnesota Short Film.

Admission is included with tickets to the Opening Night Movie BANGLA, screening at 7:30pm.

MINNESOTA PREMIERE – BANGLA - Thursday, February 20th at 7:30 pm

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

Promising director Phaim Bhuiyan’s debut is a fresh and vibrant romantic comedy on the difficulties of love caught between different beliefs.

Phaim (played by the director himself), is an Italian young man of Bangladeshi origin. He lives with his family in Rome’s multiethnic Torpignattara neighborhood, works as a museum steward, and plays in a band. At a concert, he meets Asia (Carlotta Antonelli, Suburra) his exact opposite: impulsive and free-spirited. Despite this, the attraction between them is immediate. But how will Phaim reconcile his love for her with one of his faith’s most inviolable principle?

Based essentially on the director’s own life, BANGLA is an honest story about integration and identity with comedy as a driving force.

Principal cast
 Phaim Bhuiyan, Carlotta Antonelli, Simone Liberati, Pietro Sermonti, Davide Ornaro, Alessia Giuliani, Milena Mancini, Sahila Mohiuddin, Nasima Akhter, Rishad Noorani, Fabian Durrani, Sanija Shoshi Haque, The “real” Tangir, Raja Sethi

Festivals + Awards Best Comedy, Nastro d’Argento, Italy (2019); Best First Feature, Globi d’Oro, Italy (2019); Audience Award, Festa do Cinema Italiano, Portugal (2019); Pix Junior Award, Oslo Pix, Norway (2019); International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands, (2019); Villerupt Italian Film Festival (2019); Annecy Cinema Italien (2019); Lavazza Italian Film Festival (2019); Shanghai International Film Festival (2019)

Director Phaim Bhuiyan (Italy, 1995) is a second-generation youth of Bangladeshi origin who grew up in Rome’s Torpignattara neighborhood. He began working as a video maker at age 17, producing several videos for rappers and punk rock bands on the Roman underground scene. He studies Video Design and Film at the Istituto Europeo di Design. During his three years there, he continued working and, among various opportunities, he collaborated with Rai on the program Nemo - Nessuno Escluso, in which he produced a report on second generation love. This led the path to BANGLA, his debut feature film.

Sponsors Christine Imbra, Anna Olivero & Craig Agney, Nassim & Federico Rossi

Friday, February 21, 2020 - 5:00 PM 

Ceremony + Screening

With this second edition of the Building Bridges: Emerging Filmmakers Awards, we continue to celebrate connections between Italy and Minnesota through film. These awards recognize short works by new filmmakers in each place. This year’s theme, “Water” (acqua in Italian) asked filmmakers to present their very own artistic and/or poetic interpretation of water.
Water is the key to life. Water runs the world. It is also what defines and connects us, from beautiful Venice to the beloved State of “clear blue water”, Minnesota, from the pristine shores of the Amalfi Coast to the fragile sanctuary of the Boundary Waters.
Water is powerful yet scarce and precious. It brings life as well as it takes it. It impacts our way of living and vice versa. Water can generate violence and struggles over territory between communities and nations. It is also source of incredible beauty, deeply anchored into civilizations and their beliefs.

Our talented jurors— Tommaso Cammarano, Eric D. Howell, Emily Downes and Jila Nikpay —selected four films from this year’s competition.

Dedicated to Massimo Bonavita, former president and co-founder of the ICC. Sponsored by KNOCK, Inc. and our generous Give to The Max Donors.

Winner - BEST SHORT ITALY: ACQUASANTA (Holy Water), Mauro Maugeri, 15 min.

In the seaside village of Santa Maria la Scala, in Sicily, the feast of the Madonna is the occasion to repopulate the houses and the harbor, kept silent for the rest of the year. Young fishermen, old people and children are the living body of archaic rites connected to water that recognize them as a community blessed by the sea. They come from all over the Mediterranean Sea to celebrate an explosive "baptism" where there’s room for everyone.

Director Born 1981 in Catania, Mauro Maugeri graduated in 2003 from the Department of Television and Film Script-writing, Roma 3 University, Italy. In 2008 graduated MA of Literature and Youth Publishing from the Department of Educational Science, Roma 3 University, Italy. Since the 90’s he works as cameraman and film-editor for RAI, Mediaset and local televisions public procurements; he writes, directs and edits all his short films.
In 2005 he joined the Scarti Cultural Association who promotes the Magma-International Short Film Festival. Since 2006 he leads audio visual seminars for children and youth in various schools and Training organizations. In his career he worked for Rai, Mediaset, Sky, Fondazione Vodafone Italia, Eni-Snam, CSC, Fondazione con il Sud. He is actually responsible of the cultural activities promoted by Arci Catania Territorial Committee and member of the National Board of UCCA (Union of Arci Film Social Clubs).

HOMECOMING – A Boundary Waters Story, Joe Fairbanks, 9 min.

HOMECOMING is a paddling adventure that raises awareness about the threat of proposed sulfide-ore copper mining near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Northern Minnesota.

Director Joe was raised on the North Shore of Lake Superior. His passion for conservation comes from a deep sense of place and appreciation of the natural landscape of Northern Minnesota. In 2017 he graduated from Dartmouth College, where he studied Film & Media Studies and Government. At Dartmouth, he earned the Maurice H. Rapf '35 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film & Media Studies and in 2018 he was named a J. Blaire Watson Award winner.

Finalist - ITALY: RESCE LA LUNE, Giulia Di Battista, Gloria Kurnik, 9 mins

Love is a net that traps the mind, but she’s not the only one. Vittoria learned to make fishing nets as a very young girl and now from the perspective of old age she will tell us that we all swim in the sea full of them, the social “norms”, toxic relationships, our own preconceptions to name just a few. How do they determine our lives and where do we go when we need to grasp for air?

Director Giulia Di Battista was born in San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy, in 1992. With her first short film, a documentary entitled Rèsce La Lune, she has become one of the six directing students at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia of Rome, 2016/2018. With Rèsce La Lune she also participated in many festivals, winning the best short film at the ICFF of Toronto (2016), "Most Moving Film" at the Sczcecin European Film Festival (2016), best short film and best screenplay at the Aqua Film Festival (2017), special mention at the Moviemmece festival (2017), best short film at the Fluvione Corto Festival (2017) and best documentary at the International Tour Film Festival (2018). Recently she received a special mention for the film "La Barbaresca" at the Valeria Solesin award. With her short film One Hundred Squared Meters she participates in the Schools Without Borders section of the Locarno Film Festival 2019.

Finalist - MINNESOTA: WATERWAY JAY, Brenda Piekarski, 7 mins

In 2017, Jay Gustafson launched Paddle for Progress, a two-year, 4,300-mile personal journey in response to Governor Dayton's call for water action. Jay's mission to reconnect humanity with one of our most precious resources took him to the most remote and least visited corners of Minnesota, as well as through nearly every major community in the state.

Alone in the wilderness, Jay reminds us how we are all linked to water, one of the most powerful elements on earth that is in a constant state of danger. His passion for paddling and call to something greater than himself leads us down water trails into our own spirit's journey and connection with the earth. Waterway Jay is the story of this one man's journey to save water, and how we are connected to it all.

Director Born in Minnesota, Piekarski is an avid rock climber and filmmaker. She launched Adventure Minnesota Films and the Among the Wild film project in 2012 with the goal of creating a series of films that capture the essence of outdoor adventure in Minnesota by following athletes in fierce pursuit of their chosen sport. Piekarski has worked over 15 years in the video and film industry, and the Among the Wild film project is the culmination of her passion for adventure and her skills as a filmmaker.

[The Champion]

Friday, February 21, 2020 - 6:45 PM 

Leonardo D'Agostini / Comedy Drama / 105 mins / 2019 / Italy

Italian with English subtitles

Minnesota Premiere

Leonardo D’Agostini’s debut wonderfully pairs the talents of Stefano Accorsi (Veloce come il vento, IFF 2017) with an extraordinary Andrea Carpenzano (Tutto quello che vuoi, IFF 2018) in this story of arrogance, betrayal, friendship and the essentials of life.

Young, talented, unpredictable, wealthy and spoiled. Christian Ferro (Andrea Carpenzano) is THE CHAMPION, the raising star of Italian soccer, living a rebellious millionaire lifestyle that often lands him in trouble.
Exasperated, the team’s president assigns him a personal tutor and gives him an ultimatum: pass the high-school diploma and get back in line, or get out.
Valerio Fioretti (Stefano Accorsi), his tutor, is a shy and solitary professor, the exact opposite of the troubled player. Tensed at first, their relationship will soon change for the better.

Principal cast Stefano Accorsi, Andrea Carpenzano, Ludovica Martino, Anita Caprioli, Mario Sgueglia, Giorgio Ridarelli, Massimo Popolizio, Camilla Semino Favro, Giulio Maroncelli

Festivals + Awards Best New Director, Nastro d’Argento, Italy (2019); Villerupt Italian Film Festival (2019); Annecy Cinema Italien (2019); Lavazza Italian Film Festival (2019); Shanghai International Film Festival (2019)

Director Leonardo D'Agostini (Rome, 1977), has worked as an editor and screenwriter for numerous Italian TV series before making two shorts Smart! (winner of the 2004 Festival Arcipelago and Nastro d'Argento finalist) and Sangre de Perro (selected in the New Italian Cinema showcase at the Lincoln Center in New York and Nastro d'Argento 2007 finalist). The Champion is his cinema debut.


Friday, February 21, 2020 - 9:15 PM 

Agostino Ferrente / Documentary / 78 mins / 2019 / Italy
Italian with English subtitles

Minnesota Premiere

For this 2019 documentary, Agostino Ferrente, the director, traveled to the Traiano’s district of Naples, a gang-ravaged neighborhood, to give voice to its teenagers who normally aren’t able to speak out.

Alessandro and Pietro, 16 years-old friends, live in Traiano. They are inseparable. Alessandro works as a waiter in a bar and Pietro dreams to become a hairdresser.

It was in this very same district in the summer of 2014 that Davide Bifolco, also 16, was shot by a policeman. He mistook him for a fugitive. Alessandro and Pietro accept the director’s proposal to capture their daily lives in their gang-ravaged neighborhood using smartphone cameras in “selfie” mode.

This film documents the improbable persistence of hope in the context of precarity, conflicting moralities and the complexity of teenage years.

Principal cast:
 Alessandro Antonelli, Pietro Orlando

Festivals + Awards Nominated in the European Documentary category of the European Film Awards (2019); Berlinale, Germany (2019); Cinéma du Réel Paris, France (2019); The Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema, Argentina (2019); Documenta Madrid, Spain (2019); Open Roads, New Italian Cinema, New York (2019); EBS International Documentary Festival, South Korea (Documentary Goyang Award) (2019)

Director Agostino Ferrente (1971 in Cerignola / Italy) is a director, producer and artistic director. Before becoming involved in cinema, he was an editorial coordinator for magazines and news programs addressed to communities of Italians living abroad. After his studies at DAMS (Drama, Art & Music Studies) in Bologna, he produced and directed a series of shorts and documentaries and co-founded, in 2001, the group "Apollo 11" which saved the historical Apollo cinema theatre in Rome from becoming a bingo hall. By promoting film, music and writing, the group turned it into one of the liveliest cultural centers in Italy’s capital city, the first with an ongoing program dedicated to cinema of the real. He is currently working on his first non-documentary feature film.

with Phaim Bhuiyan, director of BANGLA

Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 2:00 PM 

Visiting Italian director Phaim Bhuiyan will share his passion and inspiration for the art of filmmaking and storytelling. He will bring the perspective of his personal experience as a young filmmaker in present-day Italian Cinema.

Phaim Bhuiyan (Italy, 1995) is a second-generation youth of Bangladeshi origin who grew up in Rome’s Torpignattara neighborhood. He began working as a video maker at age 17, producing several videos for rappers and punk rock bands on the Roman underground scene. He studies Video Design and Film at the Istituto Europeo di Design. During his three years there, he continued working and, among various opportunities, he collaborated with Rai on the program Nemo - Nessuno Escluso, in which he produced a report on second generation love. This led the path to BANGLA, his debut feature film.

BANGLA screens on Thursday, February 20 at 7:30 PM.

[The Vice of Hope]

Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 4:00 PM 

Edoardo De Angelis / Drama / 96 mins / 2018 / Italy

Italian with English subtitles

Minnesota Premiere

"If I have to die, I want to die on my own terms". Edoardo De Angelis (Indivisibili, IFF 2018) Il vizio della speranza, tells the story of Maria (Pina Turco), a compassionate woman fighting to escape the criminal life she was born into.

Maria's existence flows like that of the Volturno, a river in South-Central Italy, along which she lives, one day at a time, without dreams or desires. She takes care of her mother while assisting the family business of trafficking pregnant women across the river.

When she helps one of the women escape, Maria is plunged deeper into the underworld than she is prepared to go. But in this shadowy and dying world, Maria will find unexpected grace and hope in the most ancestral and powerful form and prove that staying human has always been the greatest of revolutions.

Principal cast Pina Turco, Massimiliano Rossi, Marina Confalone, Cristina Donadio, Odette Gomis, Uliet Esey Joseph, Mariangela Robustelli, Jane Bobkova, Yvonne Zidiouemba, Marcello Romolo, Demi Licata, Nancy Colarusso, Imma Mauriello

Festivals + Awards Best Director, Tokyo International Film Festival (2018); Best Actress (Pina Turco), Tokyo International Film Festival (2018); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Marina Confalone), David di Donatello (2019); Rome Film Fest, Official Selection (2018); TIFF - Toronto International Film Festival (2018)

Director  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 3 previous features: Indivisibili (2017), Perez (2014) and Mozzarella Stories (2011).

[An Almost Ordinary Summer] 

Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 6:30 PM 

Simone Godano / Comedy / 100 mins / 2019 / Italy

Italian with English subtitles

Minnesota Premiere

In this pure comic delight, with gorgeous Mediterranean scenery and a stunning cast including Alessandro Gassmann, Jasmine Trinca and Fabrizio Bentivoglio, director Simone Godano, beautifully brings one life’s lesson to the screen: love has no boundaries.

Two very different families spend their summer holidays by the Italian seaside: the aristocratic Castelvecchio family is open-minded and eccentric, whereas The Petagna’s are close-knit, from a humbler background and united around firm family values.
Only the heads of families, Tony (Fabrizio Bentivoglio) and Carlo (Alessandro Gassmann) know what has brought them together. When an unexpected engagement is announced, the lives of all get disrupted and especially those of Penelope (Jasmine Trinca) and Sandro (Filippo Scicchitano), their respective firstborn children. What started as an ordinary summer, now becomes an emotional, chaotic and amusing journey.

Principal cast Alessandro Gassmann, Jasmine Trinca, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Filippo Scicchitano, Lunetta Savino, Anna Galiena, Rosa Diletta Rossi, Clara Ponsot, Giandomenico Cupaiuolo

Festivals + Awards Best Actress (Jasmine Trinca), Globi d’Oro, Italy (2019); Lavazza Italian Film Festival, Australia (2019); Villerupt Italian Film Festival, France (2019); Seattle International Film Festival (2019)

Director Simone Godano (Italy, 1977) studied cinema at DAMS (Drama, Art and Music Studies) in Rome and has been shooting his shorts since 2002. In 2010 his short film Niente orchidee at the Venice Film Festival. In 2017, thanks to Matteo Rovere, his long-time collaborator, he made his feature film debut with Moglie e Marito which was nominated for Best Comedy at the Nastri d'Argento Awards. An Almost Ordinary Summer is his second film.

Sponsors James & Denise D’Aurora, Nancy & Gary Schaefer 

[The Invisible Witness] 

Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 9:00 PM 

Stefano Mordini / Thriller / 102 mins / 2018 / Italy
Italian with English subtitles

Minnesota Premiere

Il Testimone Invisibile is a classic noirish thriller, done well. It will leave you guessing until the final shot.

"When I woke up, the nightmare began." So begins the story of Adriano Doria (Riccardo Scamarcio), a very successful forty-year-old businessman, who wakes up one morning in a mountain hotel room next to a dead body. The lifeless body belongs to his young mistress, the charming photographer Laura (Miriam Leone, At War for Love, IFF 2018). Though he protests his innocence, Adriano is the obvious prime suspect. He commissions the notoriously tough attorney Virginia Ferrara (Maria Paiato), who has never lost a case, to plan his defense strategy. With the emergence of a key witness and just hours to go before his interrogation that could definitively condemn him, Adriano is forced to tell the whole truth.

Principal cast  Riccardo Scamarcio, Miriam Leone, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Maria Paiato,Sara Cardinaletti, Nicola Pannelli, Sergio Romano, Paola Sambo, Gerardo De Blasio

Festivals + Awards Villerupt Italian Film Festival, France (2019); Lavazza Italian Film Festival, Australia (2019); Seattle International Film Festival, USA (2019)

Stefano Mordini was born in Marradi (Firenze) in 1968. Since 1990 he has been working first as an executive producer and then as a director. His films have won several awards at major Italian and international festivals and in 1996 he participated in Venice with the short film I Ladri. In 2000 he shot the documentaries Paz '77 and Arbitri and then made a series of documentaries on the theme of globalization, including L'allievo modello (2002), chosen at the Independent Film Festival in Buenos Aires. In 2004 he wrote and directed his first feature film, Provincia meccanica (2005), which was presented in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival. In 2016 he presented (Un Certain Regard) Pericle il nero at the Cannes Film Festival, based on the novel of the same name by Giuseppe Ferrandino and starring Riccardo Scamarcio. The Invisible Witness, is his fourth feature film.

Sponsors Kristine & Tor Aasheim, Ronald Curran 

[Like A Cat On A Highway] 
Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 1:00 PM 

Riccardo Milani / Comedy / 98 mins / 2017 / Italy

Italian with English subtitles

Minnesota Premiere

Winner of three prestigious Nastro d’Argento awards, including Best Comedy, this story is a perfect reminder of why stepping outside our comfort zone is essential.

What happens when the teenage children of the most diverse people on earth fall in love?
Giovanni is a politically active intellectual and a prophet of social integration living in the center of Rome. Monica is a former cashier of a supermarket, dealing every day with the multicultural challenges of her suburban neighborhood. They have a common goal: the love story between their children must end!

Principal cast Paola Cortellesi, Antonio Albanese,Sonia Bergamasco, Luca Angeletti, Alice Maselli, Simone De Bianchi, Caudio Amendola

Festivals + Awards Best Comedy, Nastro d'Argento, Italy (2018); Best Actress, Comedy (Paola Cortellesi), Nastro d'Argento, Italy (2018); Best Actor, Comedy (Antonio Albanese), Nastro d'Argento, Italy (2018)

Director  Riccardo Milani was born in 1958 in Rome, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for his award-winning comedies and drama such as Scusate se esisto! (Do You See Me?, 2014), Il posto dell’anima (The Soul's Place, 2003) and Piano, solo (2007). He has been married to Paola Cortellesi since 2011. 

Sponsors Joan & Rick Naymark, Joseph Pingatore & Karen Sauro

[The White Sheik] 

Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 3:15 PM 

Federico Fellini / Comedy, Drama / 86 mins / 1952 / Italy

Italian with English subtitles

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of Federico Fellini’s birth, one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time.

Weare delighted to present a new 4K restoration of THE WHITE SHEIK, a comic masterpiece and Fellini’s first solo feature film, starring Alberto Sordi.

Provincial Leopoldo Trieste’s Roman honeymoon plans go sour when bride Brunella Bovo goes missing, even as his family (including an uncle, who’s “very high up in the Vatican”) is waiting in the hotel lobby for that first meeting, en route to a papal audience (along with 200 other couples). But super-fan Bovo’s first priority is to meet the “The White Sheik” (Sordi), fantasy hero of her beloved fumetti (comics, but illustrated with photographs). When Bovo finally arranges a tryst with her dream man, though, she finds he’s not what he’s cracked up to be.

The White Sheik is set against the world of the fotoromanzo (“photo novel”), photographed comics, most often love stories, which became popular just after World War II.

Fellini’s solo directorial debut (following 1950’s Variety Lights, which he codirected with Alberto Lattuada) also marked his first collaboration with composer Nino Rota, who’d create unforgettable scores for most of the director’s future masterworks.

Don’t miss this beautiful digital restoration of Fellini’s first solo feature film!



Principal cast Alberto Sordi, Brunella Bovo, Leopoldo Trieste, Giulietta Masina, Ugo Attanasio, Ernesto Almirante, Lilia Landi, Fanny Marchiò, Enzo Maggio, Gina Mascetti,  Jole Silvani

 Federico Fellini was born in Rimini, Italy in 1920. He moved to Rome in 1939 to attend law school at the request of his parents, but soon took a job with a humor magazine instead of attending class. In the years leading up to his personal cinematic breakthrough, Fellini worked drawing caricatures, selling cartoons and writing jokes for small papers. Fellini’s start in cinema began during World War II thanks to his growing circle of professional acquaintances in Rome. By 1947, Fellini had been nominated for an Oscar for his collaborative efforts on the screenplay titled Roma Città Aperta (Rome, Open City) and in 1951 he completed his first solo-directed film, Lo Sceicco Bianco (The White Sheik). Today, Federico Fellini is best known for his 1960 masterpiece La Dolce Vita. It was in that iconic film that Fellini invented the term “paparazzi”, and artistically critiqued the emerging celebrity culture. (Italy Magazine)

A cinematic pioneer, Federico Fellini is known for his distinct style that blends fantasy and reality and is recognized as one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time. Besides La Dolce Vita (1961), his other award-winning films include I Vitelloni, (1953), La Strada (1956), Nights of Cabiria (1957),  (1963), Juliet of the Spirits (1965), Satyricon (1969), I clowns (1970), Amarcord (1974), Fellini’s Casanova (1976), Intervista (1987), The Voice of the Moon (1990) and a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1992 Academy Awards.

Sponsor John Moroney & & Sheila Delaney Moroney 

[Twin Flower] 

Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 6:00 PM 

Laura Luchetti / Drama / 95 mins / 2018 / Italy
Italian and French with English subtitles

Minnesota Premiere - Post-screening Q&A with director Laura Luchetti

Twin Flower is a tale of desperate and pure love between two very different people who share the same destiny. With incredibly moving and naturalistic performances from first-time actors Anastasyia Bogach (Anna) and Kallil Kone (Basim).

Anna, a young woman and the daughter of a migrant smuggler, is on the run after a man, named Manfredi, murders her father. On the road, she meets Basim, a young immigrant who recently arrived from Ivory Coast. Together, they embark on a dangerous journey towards a new beginning, traveling through the breathtaking yet mysterious Sardinian landscape. The two do not speak the same language, but as their bond deepens, they become like twin flowers on a single stem.

Principal cast Anastasyia Bogach, Kalill Kone, Aniello Arena, Mauro Addis, Fausto Verginelli, Alessandro Pani, Giorgio Colangeli

Festivals + Awards Discovery - Honorable Mention, Toronto International Film Festival, 2018; Rome Film Festival, 2018; Villerupt Italian Film Festival, 2018; Open Roads, New Italian Cinema, 2019

Director Laura Luchetti has directed short films, music video clips, documentaries and plays. Febbre da fieno, her first feature movie, has screened at numerous international film festivals including the Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis / St. Paul 3rd edition in 2011.

Sugarlove, her latest short film has won a prestigious Nastro d’Argento Award in 2019 for Best Short Film.

Her second feature movie, Fiore gemello, which project was selected in 2015 by the Cannes Film Festival’s Cinefondation Atelier and by the Sundance Screewriters Lab, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.


Produttore d'Élite

Produttore Esecutivo

Luigi Bernardi &


Assistente di Produzione

Nancy Azzam
Cervesato-Willems Family
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Astrid Garino & Massimo Costalonga
Bill and Sandra Gengler
Alberto Orioles & Neil Tassoni
Andrea and Vittorio Raimondi


Aiuto Regista

Christopher Beaudet
Dominic Sposeto

Individual Film Sponsorship

Kristine and Tor Aasheim
Catherine Allan
Ronald Curran
Giacomo and Denise D'Aurora
Christine Imbra
Jeff Lotz

John Moroney and Sheila Delaney Moroney 
Joan and Rick Naymark
John and Lisa Nicotra
Luisa and Ryan O'Gara
Anna Olivero and Craig Agney
Marco Pavoloni, Pavoloni International Translators and Interpreters
Joseph Pingatore and Karen Sauro

Nassim and Federico Rossi

Nancy and Gary Schaefer
Tamara Sweere
Jonathan and Kathy Moe Watson

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