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(SD) Fifth Annual San Diego Italian Film Festival


October 29th - November 12th

Fifth Annual San Diego Italian Film Festival

It’s the fifth annual San Diego Italian Film Festival, October 29 through November 12, 2011 with 15 great Italian movies, fabulous celebrations, famous directors and dynamic discussions.

This year, you’ll find movies that put you right into the heart of Italy; funny, sad, ferocious, and passionate. See director Paolo Virzi’s award winning 2010 film La prima cosa bella (The first beautiful thing), some stunning noir films like La ragazza del lago (The girl by the lake) or take in the retrospective of groundbreaking neorealism films by a trio of Italy’s greatest directors. Insightful introductions will help you understand why these films still influence movie-making today. Two weeks of Italy for you – with Italy and Italian culture beside you.

And of course what would Italian movie entertainment be without the celebrations? Want to learn about superb wine? Come to Splash wine bar in Northpark for an evening of wine tasting with winemaker Tony Tiso of La Serenissima. Become a San Diego Italian Film Festival member and join us at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club for a party and the wonderful movie Basilicata coast to coast. We’ll close the FeStivale with the Gala – it’s an amazing party to celebrate the finish of another successful year, all’Italiana – with Italian music, a delicious dinner, fine wines and good company, followed by another outstanding movie Diciotto anni dopo (Eighteen years later).

In addition, this year we’ve invited directors and experts who have not only studied but also lived and breathed the life we explore to discuss their work with you. If you thought that home movies were just reels laying in your closet, come on October 18 to share the work done by Regina Longo, filmmaker and restoration specialist, as she shows us true Italian identity found in her discovered home movies. These are major historical images used not only as memories of our families but also documents of the collective life of Italians both here and in Italy.

And while documentaries have taken up a larger part of our movie world, this festival will explore what that means today, both here and in Italy in a big confab and movie show at SDSU on November 6. More movies, more directors, more discussions.

Passion, identity, history and food for the senses – don’t miss any of these events. You’ll know you’ve spent a week in the piazza when you come to the San Diego Italian Film Festival.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the official site.



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