Italian Film Festival
The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis / St. Paul, in partnership with MSP Film Society, is thrilled to bring the 14th Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis / St. Paul (IFF) with 9 of the best contemporary films never before seen in Minnesota and 2 classic masterpieces.
THIS YEAR, THE FESTIVAL RETURNS TO THE BIG SCREEN FOR A COLLECTIVE AND INSPIRING JOURNEY!
From March 2 through March 5, this year’s festival, curated by Artistic Director Tommaso Cammarano, offers an exciting lineup of comedies, dramas and documentaries that will take you on a deeply rewarding journey through the landscapes and stories of Italy and its people.
Whether you are new to Italian cinema, expert or wish to stay updated on the latest trends, there is something for everyone.
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Includes Opening Night film and Aperitivo Italiano
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Films Line up
Aperitivo Italiano & Opening Night Film | MINNESOTA PREMIERE | Director: Mario Martone | Fiction Feature | Runtime: 118 min | 2022 Showing Thursday, March 2 at 7:30pm | The Main Cinema
Showing Thursday, March 2 at 7:30pm | The Main Cinema
Includes Aperitivo Italiano from 6:00 to 7:15 PM: Drinks, Appetizers and Great Company!
After living 40 years abroad, Felice (Pierfrancesco Favino) returns to Naples and rediscovers places and codes of the city, facing a past that eats him away. Premiered at Cannes Film Festival; winner of four Nastro d'Argento awards: best director, best actor, best supporting actor, and best screenplay.
Never Too Late For Love (Astolfo)
MINNESOTA PREMIERE | Director: Gianni Di Gregorio | Comedy | Runtime: 97 min | 2022 Showing Friday, March 3 at 6:00pm | The Main Cinema
Showing Friday, March 3 at 6:00pm | The Main Cinema
Astolfo, a retired professor evicted from his apartment in Rome, decides to move into an old noble but decrepit palace, the last remnant of his family patrimony in a remote village, where he has not been for decades. There he will find unexpected friendship with some odd and goofball locals and, especially, he will get a new chance at love. Astolfo is a most perfect example of a charming, sweet, light, adorable, delightful, sunny Italian film.
Director: Antonio Dikele Distefano | Drama | Runtime: 103 min | 2022 Showing Friday, March 3 at 8:15pm | The Main Cinema
Showing Friday, March 3 at 8:15pm | The Main Cinema
Director Antonio Dikele Distefano scheduled to attend. Autumn Beat is an exciting and unprecedented story about Black culture in Italy, and the role of music as a means of redemption and search for identity. Two brothers, Tito and Paco have the same dream: to break into the rap music world. Paco is a born performer and Tito knows how to write like no other but ambition, life, and love for the same woman will test their bond.
Too Bad She's Bad (Peccato che sia una canaglia)
Director: Alessandro Blasetti | Comedy | Runtime: 95 min | 1954 Showing Saturday, March 4 at 11:00am | The Main Cinema
Showing Saturday, March 4 at 11:00am | The Main Cinema
An unknown comedic gem starring two of Italy’s all time greatest: Sophia and Marcello in their first movie together! When young and beautiful Lina (Sophia Loren), a thief like the rest of her family, tries to con a taxi driver (Marcello Mastroianni) together with two accomplices in the streets of Rome, she can’t possibly know that this will completely change her life. Laughs and sexiness abound in this irresistible charmer.
Presented in partnership with Twin Cities Film Archives Project and Il Cinema Ritrovato On Tour.
Run To You (Corro da te)
MINNESOTA PREMIERE | Director: Riccardo Milani
| Comedy | Runtime: 113 min | 2022 Showing Saturday, March 4 at 2:00pm | The Main Cinema
Showing Saturday, March 4 at 2:00pm | The Main Cinema
Fifty year old bachelor Gianni (Pierfrancesco Favino), is the head of a famous shoe brand that features the best athletes around. He would do anything to charm a woman, so much so, in fact, that he ends up faking a disability to seduce Chiara (Miriam Leone), a joyful and dynamic musician with a passion for tennis who is confined to a wheelchair on account of an accident.Gianni's feelings for her become real, and she inevitably starts changing his perspective on many things: life, love, and disability Corro da te is genuinely and consistently hilarious, ultimately destroys the classic Italian male and manages to shed some light on the difficulties people with disabilities face daily.
The Code of Silence (Una femmina)
MINNESOTA PREMIERE | Director:
Francesco Costabile | Drama | Runtime: 120 min | 2022 Showing Saturday, March 4 at 5:00pm | The Main Cinema
Showing Saturday, March 4 at 5:00pm | The Main Cinema
An evocative, intense, award winning drama inspired by true stories of women who stood up to one of Southern Italy’s most powerful organized crime groups: N’drangheta. Rosa (Lina Siciliano) is a young strong girl who lives with her relatives in a remote village in Calabria. Her mother’s mysterious death when she was still a child casts a gloomy shadow on her present, and will eventually lead her to seek revenge against a system that wants to keep her quiet and a prisoner.
Blessed Boys (La santa piccola)
MINNESOTA PREMIERE | Director: Silvia Brunelli
| Dramady, LGBTQ+ | Runtime: 97 min | 2021 Showing Saturday, March 4 at 8:30pm | The Main Cinema
Showing Saturday, March 4 at 8:30pm | The Main Cinema
An original, unexpected, genre defying, erotic and emotionally intense debut about Lino and Mario, two inseparable Neapolitan friends that become involved with one another in ways they would rather avoid, and Annaluce, a child who claims she can see the Virgin Mary and becomes a local sensation. Best Italian Feature at the Rome International Film Festival.
Nights of Cabiria (Le notti di Cabiria)
Director: Federico Fellini
| Drama | Runtime: 117 min | 1957 Showing Sunday, March 5 at 11:00am | The Main Cinema
Showing Sunday, March 5 at 11:00am | The Main Cinema
Plain and simply one of Fellini’s masterpieces and one of Italy’s greatest films of all times. Giulietta Masina won Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for her unforgettable portrayal of a Roman prostitute named Cabiria, who endures life’s tragedies with a heartbreaking innocence and resilience. IFF is honored to celebrate Fellini on the 30th anniversary of his death with the film that won him an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1957.
MINNESOTA PREMIERE | Director:
Gianfranco Rosi | Documentary | Runtime: 77 min | 2022 Showing Sunday, March 5 at 1:30pm | The Main Cinema
Showing Sunday, March 5 at 1:30pm | The Main Cinema
Since Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis in 2013, he has visited 53 countries, speaking in turn on poverty, nature, migrations, dignity and the condemnation of all wars while facing difficult moments and controversies. Through a montage of archives, award winning director Gianfranco Rosi retraces the itinerary of the Pontifical travels, granting the audience a rare access to the public life of the Pope.
The Lord Of The Ants (Il signore delle formiche)
MINNESOTA PREMIERE | Director:
Gianni Amelio | Drama, LGBTQ+ | Runtime: 130 min | 2022 Showing Sunday, March 5 at 3:45pm | The Main Cinema
Showing Sunday, March 5 at 3:45pm | The Main Cinema
Acclaimed director Gianni Amelio brings to the screen a forgotten and dark episode of Italian history: the 1968 controversial trial of Italian poet, playwright, and director Aldo Braibanti (Luigi Lo Cascio), who was prosecuted and sentenced to prison for his relationship with a younger male student, causing a nationwide scandal. Il Signore delle Formiche premiered at the Venice Film Festival, and is one of Italy’s most powerful and thought provoking films of 2022.
MINNESOTA PREMIERE | Director:
Paolo Genovese | Dramedy | Runtime: 120 min | 2022 Showing Sunday, March 5 at 7:15pm | The Main Cinema
Showing Sunday, March 5 at 7:15pm | The Main Cinema
Do you need superpowers to love someone for an entire lifetime? Supereroi is a heartwarming and moving love story that tracks twenty years in the relationship between a cartoonist (Anna) and a physics teacher (Marco). Constantly in between comedy and drama, the film offers a delightful and fresh screenplay, great chemistry among its leads, and the backdrop of the beautiful island of Ponza.
Tommaso Cammarano studied screenwriting at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome and earned a Master’s in Film at Columbia University. His 2003 short film, The Time We Lost, premiered at The Venice International Film Festival. In 2010, the feature screenplay he co-wrote with Roberto Scarpetti, Braccia Tese (Arms Outstretched), received a Special Mention at Italy’s Premio Solinas. In 2013, he served as one of the head writers on Season 8 of Un Medico in Famiglia (A Doctor in the Family), one of Italy’s longest-running TV series. Cammarano co-produced the award-winning short film The Bravest, The Boldest, which premiered at Sundance in 2014. He also co-produced the documentary House in the Fields, which premiered at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival and screened at the Walker Art Center. In Spring 2014, Cammarano came to Minneapolis, fell in love with it, and has since made it his home. He has started a new career in healthcare … with film on the side. Cammarano would like to extend a special thank you to Gaia Furrer, Edoardo Petti, and Tiziana Cervesato.
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