Originally started as an informal, one-time only presentation of Italian movies in a college lecture hall, the Italian Film Festival of Marin County has grown over its 38 years into a perennial favorite in the San Francisco Bay Area. Under Lido Cantarutti’s direction the program has included appearances from Italian film directors and composers, dignitaries of the Italian and Italian-American communities, and an authentically Italian atmosphere at every presentation. The centerpiece, however, is always top-quality Italian cinema.
Over its history, the Italian Film Festival’s formula has proven quite successful as sell-out audiences are normal. For many, attendance at the Festival is motivated by the chance to savor the Italian experience, as much as by the opportunity to see a great movie!
Saturday, September 26 • 5:30 pm & 7:45 pm
CONFUSED AND HAPPY (CONFUSI E FELICI)
Comedy • 2014 • 105 min.
Featuring very funny performances by some of Italy’s top comic actors, including Claudio Bisio, of ”Welcome to the South” fame!
Even psychoanalysts can get depressed! Marcello decides to stay at home and cancel all his appointments. A move not well received by Silvia, his secretary, who decides to gather his patients to try to get him out of his funk. The patients are a drug dealer (Nazareno) who suffers from panic attacks, a forty-something ”mama’s boy” (Pasquale), a nymphomaniac (Vitaliana), a couple (Enrico and Betta) with sexual problems, and (Michelangelo) who has a cheating wife. Will this group be able to rescue Marcello?
Directed by Massimiliano Bruno, with Claudio Bisio, Massimiliano Bruno, Anna Foglietta, Marco Giallini, Caterina Buzzanti, Paola Minaccioni, Rocco Papaleo, Pietro Sermonti and Kelly Palacios
Sunday, Septmber 27 • 4:00 pm & 6:30 pm
REMEMBER ME? (TI RICORDI DI ME?)
Romantic Comedy • 2014 • 88 min.
An innovative and charming romantic comedy, featuring a courtship between two very different people!
Roberto is a shy and odd author of scary children’s books and Bea is a sweet and somewhat ditsy elementary school teacher. He’s also a kleptomaniac, and she suffers from narcolepsy and occasional memory losses. As a result she always carries with her a big red book in which she notes everything happening to her. Then they meet in front of their therapist’s office! This begins a comic and uniquely challenging courtship.
Directed by Rolando Ravello, with Ambra Angiolini, Edoardo Leo, Ennio Fantastichini, Paolo Calabresi, Susy Laude and Pia Engleberth
Saturday, October 3 • 5:30 pm & 7:45 pm
LONG LIVE FREEDOM (VIVA LA LIBERTÀ)
Drama • 2013 • 94 Min
Another masterful performance by Toni Servillo, in twin roles further demonstrating his range and talent. Accompanied by a great cast in this gentle critique of Italy’s political establishment.
Enrico Olivieri (Toni Servillo), the leader of the Italian political opposition, suddenly disappears for personal reasons. He takes off for France to reconnect with his girlfriend of twenty years ago. With a risky and creative ploy, his staff covers for him by calling upon his twin brother, a non-politician recently released from a psychiatric hospital, to stand in for him. The idea succeeds, as his brother becomes even more popular!
Directed by Roberto Andò, with Toni Servillo, Valerio Mastandrea, Va
Sunday, October 4 • 4:00 pm & 6:30 pm
THE CHAIR OF HAPPINESS (LA SEDIA DELLA FELICITÀ)
Comedy • 2013 • 94 min
A curious, suspense-filled comedy about the search for a chair supposedly containing a hidden treasure.
A beautician and a tattoo artist fall in love while looking for a chair containing a hidden treasure. And a mysterious priest hovers over them like a threat. Rivals at first, these three become allies, and the protagonists of an incredible adventure. Their search encompasses misunderstandings and dramatic twists, as they run from the hills to the valley, from the Venetian Lagoon to the snow-capped peaks of the Dolomites where they find a remote valley inhabited by a bear and two brothers!
Directed by Carlo Mazzacurati, with Valerio Mastandrea, Isabella Ragonese, Giuseppe Battiston, Katia Ricciarelli, Raul Cremona, Daniele Mazzocca, Milena Vukotic, Roberto Citran, Mirko Artuso and Natalino Balasso
Saturday, October 10 • 5:30 pm & 7:45 pm
THE PENGUIN MOVE (LA MOSSA DEL PINGUINO)
Comedy • 2013 • 96 min
An acclaimed comedy about an Italian team at the Turin Olympics in the most unexpected sport — curling!
Picture four fellows from Rome: one a temporary employee, another unemployed, a retiree, and a big braggart, who discover the sport of curling, and decide to form a team for the 2006 Turin Olympics! After four months of rough-hewn training, finding loopholes in the rules and provoking their adversaries, this unlikely team manages to obtain the right to represent Italy in the games! Amazing, particularly given the team’s scant experience in the sport. It remains to be seen how they will do in the actual Olympic competition.
Directed by Claudio Amendola, with Edoardo Leo, Ricky Memphis, Ennio Fantastichini, Antonello Fassari and Francesca Inaudi
Saturday, October 24 • 5:30 pm & 7:45 pm
SONG ‘E NAPULE
Comedy/Mystery/Drama • 2013 • 114 min.
An entertaining immersion into life in Naples, including its language, a pop singing star, and some amusing police capers.
Naples today. Paco, a music conservatory graduate, is a refined but unemployed pianist. With the help of an influence peddler, his mother finds him a job with the police, but his total lack of qualifications relegates him to a police storage area. Police Commssioner Cammarota, a crime-fighting bulldog, has him go undercover as part of his strategy to nab the faceless killer known as ”O’Fantasma”. The idea is that Paco will become part of the band of popular singer, Lollo Love, who will be performing at a wedding that the killer is expected to attend. Paco will be risking his life in the line of his police duty while playing music he hates and dressed like a jerk. It will be the turning point in his life.
Directed by Antonio Manetti and Marco Manetti, with Alessandro Roja, Giampaolo Morelli, Serena Rossi, Paolo Sassanelli, Peppe Servillo, Carlo Bucccirosso and Antonio Pennarella
Saturday, Ocrtober 31 • 5:30 pm & 7:45 pm
THE MAFIA KILLS ONLY IN SUMMER (LA MAFIA UCCIDE SOLO D’ESTATE)
Comedy/Drama • 2013 • 90 min.
Two major themes — young love and the frightening connection between Palermo and the Mafia — brought together with humor and a historical homage to anti-mafia heroes.
Arturo is born the same day that a well-known mafioso, Vito Ciancimino, is elected mayor of Palermo. This coincidence will have many consequences for Arturo. He will have two obsessions in his life: one is the powerful relationship between his city and the Mafia; and the other is his love for Flora, his friend from elementary school. In the course of following both themes, there is an interweaving of humor, love, and the honoring of the heroes who have fought against the Mafia. As part of young Arturo’s obsession with the Mafia and its relationship with Rome, is his ”play acting” imitation of former Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti. Not to be missed!
Directed by Pierfrancesco Diliberto, with Pierfrancesco Diliberto, Cristiana Capotondi, Claudio Gioè, Ninni Bruschetta, Teresa Mannino, Rosario Lisma, Domenico Centamore and Maurizio Marchetti
Saturday, November 7 • 5:30 pm & 7:45 pm
DO YOU SEE ME? (SCUSATE SE ESISTO!)
Comedy • 2014 • 106 min.
Excellent performances by Paola Cortellesi and Raoul Bova, in a comedy based on mistaken identities, man vs. woman.
Serena is a very talented architect who has achieved great success in her work abroad. Now she decides to come home to Italy. In her struggle to find a job there, she has to face an incredible decision — to stay unemployed or pass as a man in order to get a job. She even switches her name from Serena Bruno to Bruno Serena! Meanwhile she meets handsome and charming Francesco. But he does not like women… or so it seems. Together they will help each other face the adversities and complications of life.
Directed by Riccardo Milani, with Paola Cortellesi, Raoul Bova, Corrado Fortuna, Lunetta Savino, Marco Bocci and Ennio Fantastichini
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