Celebrating its 10th year, the Italian Film Festival returns to the St. Anthony Main Theatre, hosted by the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul. Organized by the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis-St. Paul (ICC), a nonprofit committed to sharing Italian art, culture, and language in the Twin Cities, the festival screens the best contemporary Italian movies, from quirky “Italian-style” comedies to socially-relevant documentaries.
Alongside Minnesota premieres, the festival showcases Italy’s cinematic history with a newly-restored Italian classic each year–this year, we celebrate the work of Vittorio De Sica with a digitally restored screening of his timely comedy Il Boom (1963) starring Alberto Sordi.
To commemorate the IFF’s 10 years in Minnesota, we have created something new this year, the “Building Bridges: Emerging Filmmaker Awards.” Our talented jurors have selected two short films by new filmmakers living in Italy and Minnesota and you’ll have a chance to see the winning films and meet the filmmakers at the awards ceremony.
Join us Thursday, February 22 through Sunday, February 25 for an amazing mix of documentaries, dramas, and comedies that will take viewers on a spectacular journey through the landscapes and stories of Italy and its people
|FS / ICC Members||$10.00|
|FS / ICC Members||$50.00|
At War for Love
Thursday, February 22 at 7:30PM
Director: Pierfrancesco Diliberto “Pif” | Narrative | 2016
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.
Everything You Want
Friday, February 23 at 7:00pm
Director: Francesco Bruni | Narrative | 2017
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.
The War of the Bumpkins
Friday, February 23 at 9:15pm
Directors: Davide Barletti, Lorenzo Conte | Narrative | 2017
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.”
Saturday, February 24 at 3:00pm
Director: Edoardo de Angelis | Narrative | 2017
Daisy and Viola (Angela and Marianna Fontana) are conjoined twin sisters living in the suburbs of Naples. From a young age, their father exploits their singing talents and convinces them to perform at weddings, communions, and baptisms for pay.
Building Bridges Emerging Filmmaker Awards Ceremony + Screening
Saturday, February 24 at 5:00pm
Director: Various | Shorts Program
The IFF celebrates 10 years of Italian cinema in the Twin Cities with the new Building Bridges: Emerging Filmmaker Awards. We created these awards to make connections between Italy and Minnesota though film and to recognize short works by new filmmakers in each place. This year’s theme is “Places of Memory and Change.”
Father by Chance
Saturday, February 24 at 7:00pm
Director: Fabio Mollo | Narrative | 2017
Director Fabio Mollo attending! By chance, Paolo and Mia 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.
Saturday, February 24 at 9:30pm
Director: Jeff Malmberg, Chris Shellen | Documentary | 2017
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, their piazza became their stage and residents of all ages played a part: themselves.
Sunday, February 25 at 1:00pm
Director: Vittorio De Sica | Narrative | 1963
What would you give up for success? What would you be ready to sacrifice in order to keep living large? Giovanni Alberti (Alberto Sordi), a mid-level executive during the economic boom following World War II, goes to absurd lengths to maintain his family’s standard of living.
Sunday, February 25 at 3:00pm
Director: Jonas Carpignano | Narrative | 2017
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.
I Can Quit Whenever I Want: Masterclass
Sunday, February 25 at 6:00pm
Director: Sydney Sibilia | Narrative | 2017
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 film promises to get your blood racing.