Italian Film Festival

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We’ve featured many films in the past. Peruse a list of films we’ve featured below.

ROMA

Roma

Info: Federico Fellini, 1972, 120 min

Language: IT, EN Subtitles

Director: Federico Fellini

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  • Friday January 6, 2017 - 7:00 pm

"The most enjoyable Fellini film." Roger Greenspun, New York Times

Now in its fourth year, the Vancouver Italian Film Festival offers a unique celebratory mixture of movies new and old. Each year we have featured a Fellini film, and this year il maestro gets things rolling with his typically ebullient portrait of the Eternal City. Fellini called Rome “the most wondrous movie set in the world,” and you get the full wonder in this cavalcade of documentary, travelogue, memoir and cinematic fantasia.

Featuring narration by Fellini himself and a mixture of real-life footage and fictional set pieces this is the Eternal City through the eyes of one of cinema’s greatest visionaries. It flows from episode to episode, beginning with the director’s early years arriving in Rome in 1931 during the time of Mussolini. Played by Stefano Mayore as a child, he visits the city with classmates and becomes infatuated. Played by Peter Gonzales at age 18, the young Fellini moves in to a tenement building and explores the wild characters living in neighbourhood.

The events that follow switch between the past and contemporary times, including a story line that involves a 1970s film crew making a movie about Rome. He also incorporates segments of Roman history and problems in the government, including an improvised speech from Gore Vidal. Throughout this journey there are visits to an outdoor restaurant, a movie theatre, a music hall, and a brothel. In one famously surreal segment, groups of clergymen gather together for a Catholic fashion show spectacle.

GALA OPENING SCREENING includes food from il Centro, wine, and music by the Steve Kaldestad Trio. Reception from 6pm, film at 7pm. Tickets $28. Double bill price with They Call Me Jeeg (9:30pm) $35.

FRANCA: CHAOS AND CREATION

Franca

Info: 2016, 80 Min

Language: IT, EN Subtitles

Director: Francesco Carrozzini

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  • Wednesday January 11, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Rebellion has become Francesco Carrozzini's calling card - Time Magazine

Director Francesco Carrozzini creates an intimate portrait of his mother, Franca Sozzani, the legendary editor-in-chief of Italian Vogue. From the ridiculous to the sublime, her astonishing but often controversial magazine covers have not only broken the rules but have set the high bar for fashion, art and commerce over the past 25 years. From the legendary “Black Issue” and the “Plastic Surgery issue” Sozzani remains deeply committed to exploring subject matter off limits to most in order to shake up the status quo and occasionally redefine the concept of beauty. With interviews from Karl Lagerfeld, Bruce Weber, Baz Luhrmann, Courtney Love and many others, Carrozzini gives us a behind the scenes glimpse into his mother’s creative process as well as peek into her vulnerabilities both past and present. Deeply insightful and often emotional this film is like a love letter from a son to his mother.

VIVA ITALIA! (I nuovi mostri)

i nuovi mostri

Language: IT, EN Subtitles

Director: Mario Monicelli

Cast: Dino Risi, Ettore Scola

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  • Saturday January 7, 2017 - 1:00 pm

1977, 90 min

A brilliant commedia all’italiana film composed of  a dozen episodes which portray the evil and meanness of Italian middle-class society during the 70s, directed by and starring the best talents of Italian cinema of those years (Vittorio Gassman, Ornella Muti, Alberto Sordi, Ugo Tognazzi…).  North American release version.

THEATER OF LIFE

theatre of life

Info: 2016, 94 min

Language: IT, FR, EN, EN Subtitles

Director: Peter Svatek

Cast: Massimo Bottura. Joan Roca, Rene Redzepi, Mario Batali, Jeremy Charles, Alain Ducasse, Daniel Humm, Vivianna Varese, John Winter Russell, the Santini Family

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  • Monday January 9, 2017 - 7:00 pm

In an extraordinary soup kitchen in Milan, two vastly different worlds come together in a unique social experiment. Theater of Life captures the remarkable relationship forged between the finest haute cuisine chefs in the world, led by chief instigator Massimo Bottura, and the city’s most disadvantaged groups: refugees, recovering drug addicts, former sex workers, and a host of others with no place else to go. Featuring: Joan Roca, Rene Redzepi, Mario Batali, Alain Ducasse, Jeremy Charles…

INDIVISIBLE

indivisible

Info: 2016, 100 min

Language: IT, EN Subtitles

Director: Edoardo de Angelis

Cast: Angela Fontana, Marianna Fontana, Antonia Truppo, Massimiliano Rossi, Tony Laudadio, Marco Mario De Notas

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  • Thursday January 12, 2017 - 6:45 pm

"A sensitive, insightful and sometimes even dream-like rumination on the cost of seeking and subverting normality." Sarah Ward, Screen

"Indivisible is above all else a mood piece humming with energy and marked by wondrous moments... more than the sum of its parts." MIchael Nordine, Village Voice

"A subtle, appealing and slightly unreal Neopolitan fable that unfolds with the often brutal logic of a fairytale, Edoardo De Angelis’s conjoined-twins drama has the feel of updated folklore — a Brothers Grimm classic, perhaps — relocated to contemporary Italy." Catherine Bray, Variety

Our closing night film is a strange and beguiling contemporary fable. Singing teenage conjoined twins are a popular attraction at Neopolitan functions, but they’re also the most sympathetic characters in this dreamy fable. Dasy and Viola live a life limited less by their physical difference to those around them than by the exploitative tendencies of people who ought to have their best interests at heart. The sole benign influence in the girls’ lives would seem to be a visiting surgeon who is shocked to realize that the possibility of separating the sisters has never been seriously considered by those who make their living at least in part from the girls’ unique status. Dasy is elated at the prospect; Viola, alas, is horrified…

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SPLENDOR

Splendor

Info: 1989, 110 min

Language: IT, EN Subtitles

Director: Ettore Scola

Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Massimo Troisi, Marina Vlady

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  • Thursday January 12, 2017 - 9:00 pm

"Using flashback and film clips, Scola conveys something of the medium's superiority over the box, at the same time beautifully unravelling a tale of life-long devotion and hard graft from Jordan, his long-term lover/usherette (Marina Vlady), and the projectionist (Massimo Troisi). Their temperamental relationships over two decades are conveyed with great affection by the accomplished cast; and the film is full of wonderful moments - such as the homage to Capra at the climax - which manage to be both magical and unsentimental." Colette Maude, Time Out

Forget Cinema Paradiso, this is the bittersweet valentine to the cinema deserves! Jordan (Marcello Mastroianni) grew up at his father’s movie theater, and after World War Two, he took over as the theater’s manager. In those halcyon days, the theater was so popular that police had to be hired to keep the crowds waiting to get in from rioting. Now, however, the theater is losing money and is in danger of being torn down.

ACCATTONE

accattone

Info: 1961, 120 min

Language: IT, EN Subtitles

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini

Cast: Franco Citti, Franca Pasut, Silvana Corsini

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  • Tuesday January 10, 2017 - 9:00 pm

"The brutality and frigid despair of this 1962 film have had a lasting impact on political filmmaking." Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

The debut feature of Italian filmmaker-novelist-poet-provocateur Pier Paolo Pasolini (Salò, or: The 120 Days of Sodom; The Gospel According to Matthew; The Decameron), Accattone rocked the cinema world with its depictions, at once raw and elegant, of the underside of Roman street life – and, in the process, seemed to announce a new direction for Italian films: a neo-neorealism. On the mean streets of Rome, Accattone’s eponymous pimp (played by Franco Citti, one of a remarkable cast of local non-professionals) leads a hand-to-mouth existence on the very margins of society: prostituting, scrounging, exploiting. When his prize prostitute Maddalena is arrested and jailed, the pimp’s fortunes dwindle, and he is forced to confront his own existence. The work of one of Italy’s foremost auteurs, Accattone combines a fascination with poverty, sexual mores, and the entrapment of society, with a sense of humanity and sanctity rarely seen in cinema.

 

HANDS OVER THE CITY (Le mani sulla città)

hands-over-the-city

Info: 1963, 103 min

Language: IT, EN Subtitles

Director: Francesco Rosi

Cast: Rod Steiger, Salvo Randone, Guido Alberti

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  • Tuesday January 10, 2017 - 4:45 pm

“Nothing short of amazing.” Glenn Erickson, DVD Savant

Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Rosi’s Le mani sulla città is one of the finest political dramas ever made – a ferocious, invigorating exploration of civic corruption in post-war Naples with the intensity of the best Hollywood thrillers. At the centre is Edoardo Nottola (Rod Steiger), a wealthy land developer and council member of the government’s ruling party, who is determined to keep his personal and professional interests as intertwined as possible.

THE MASS IS OVER (La messa è finita)

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Info: 1985, 94 min

Language: IT, EN Subtitles

Director: Nanni Moretti

Cast: Nanni Moretti, Ferruccio De Ceresa, Marco Messeri

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  • Sunday January 8, 2017 - 8:50 pm

"Insightful, moving, and often hilarious comedy-drama." TV Guide

North America didn’t lock on to Nanni Moretti’s talent until a little later, after Dear Diary and the Cannes winner The Son’s Room, but this early gem shows he was already producing splendid films from the outset of his career. A young priest, Don Giulio, struggles to maintain his faith. Having been a radical college student in the 1960s, Don Giulio has now rejected his long hair and liberal ideals in favor of the church. He has himself transferred to his home parish, only to discover the church empty and the town indifferent. Meanwhile, Don Giulio’s friends from his radical days begin popping up with their lives in serious disarray. Don Giulio seeks solace with his beloved family, but his family too is in chaos. The Mass Is Ended is a wonderful film that examines one man’s struggle to escape the difficult realities of everyday life by becoming a priest. As director, Moretti presents his characters in loving detail. He does not condescend to their craziness and instead embraces them as sympathetic people trapped in an insane world.

ARIANNA

arianna

Info: 2015 84 min

Language: IT, EN Subtitles

Director: Carlo Lavagna

Cast: Ondina Quadri, Massimo Popolizio, Valentina Carnelutti

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  • Sunday January 8, 2017 - 6:50 pm

"Lavagna’s script, co-written with Carlo Salsa and Chiara Barzini, is pleasingly frank about the intuitive randiness of unformed sexual beings of any sex." Variety
"Sensual... dreamy, heat-hazed character study." Guy Lodge, Variety
"A deeply touching film that deserves to be seen." We Got This Covered

“I was born three times,” admits the title character (Ondina Quadri, an arrestingly pale-eyed, tousle-haired newcomer) in voiceover at the outset of the film. “As a boy the first time, and a few years later as a little girl.” She goes on to explain that she was “born” once more nearly two decades later, and it’s this second figurative rebirth — one of heightened self-knowledge, it is suggested — that forms the spine of Lavagna’s initially elusive narrative. Now a woman, though not yet wholly independent of her highly protective parents (Massimo Popolizio and Valentina Carnelutti), Arianna has a healthy social and academic life, though is plagued by one particular medical peculiarity: She has yet to experience her first period. Achingly conscious of the differences between her and other women her age, she spends a considerable amount of time before the mirror, scrutinizing her boyish frame and petite breasts. Her sexual development, too, is very much at the beginner stage, though a summertime encounter with fellow teen Martino (Eduardo Valdarnini) triggers an unprecedented flush of carnal desire in her.

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