The New Italian Cinema film festival returns for it’s sixteenth time to San Francisco Nov. 11 – 18, 2012 with it’s characteristic excellent romantic comedies, personal, warm and quirky. This year the festival honors Valeria Golino, with four of her films as an actor and an evening with her as she discusses her directorial debut. The Bay Area, reknowned for documentaries, will also find a family comedy about the director’s spirited grandmother called Hit the Road, Nonna.
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The films come from The City of Florence Award competition for emerging film makers. The eight films play at the independent film theater at The Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema. The audience decides the winner by voting with the announcement at the closing festivities nearby on Sunday, Nov. 18. The young Italian directors will appear with their films.
In the past directors have appeared along with members of their cast, delighting the audience often full of Italians. One year a young director was more fascinated by the personal appearance of Mayor Gavin Newsom just outside at the Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
The festival hosts a closing night gathering Sunday, Nov. 18 at 9:00 at a nearby locale with hors d’oeuvres and sponsored beverages, with the closing film Cherry on the Cake at 9:15.
In bocca al lupo.
Film tickets $11 for SFFS members, $13 general, $12 seniors, students and persons with disabilities; Opening Night film and party $20 for SFFS members, $25 general. Fall Season Cinevisa $450. Box office opens October 3 for members and October 5 for the general public online at sffs.org.
CineVoucher pack $105 SFFS members/$125 non-members for ten films
Memberships range from $60 to $900
Opening Night: An Evening with Valerie Golino
Sunday, Nov. 11 at 5:30 with Q & A then Kryptonite! presentation
Remember this Greek/Italian love interest from Rain Man with Tom Cruise in 1988?
Valeria Golino discusses her directorial debut, Vi Perdono ( I Forgive You). It’s about euthanasia where a woman who has secretly been helping the terminally ill gets a request for help from a healthy person.
This year’s festival honoree, Valeria Golino will have four films presented by New Italian Cinema featuring her as an actor: Texas, Respiro , Tale of Love, Kryptonite!
Kryptonite! is about a myopic (nerdy) boy growing up in the 1960s in Naples, as he sees his family reacting to individuality and the Age of Aquarius. Golino plays his mother, who’s husband is having an affair.
Hit the Road, Nonna
Friday, Nov. 16 at 4:30 Director Chiarini expected.
or Sunday, Nov. 18 at 1:30
This family portrait by the director Duccio Chiarini uses a classic sociological way to tell a story, focusing on a real person to illustrate a particular society or time. Chiarini tells the story of his charming and belligerent grandmother Delia, who as it turns out rose in a man’s world including high fashion and con men. What seems to have driven her out of the director’s household is her constant need to be the center of attention, which would mean this film would probably nourish her soul even if she’s portrayed as a persona non grata.
Closing Night: Cherry on the Cake
Sunday, Nov. 18 at 6:30 and 9:15 p.m. Director Laura Morante expected closing night.
Laura Morante cowrote, directs and stars in this romantic comedy about a woman looking for love and mistakenly thinking the sophisticated man she meets at a New Year’s Eve party is gay, consequently he thinks she just wants to be friends. Compounding the comedy of errors, her psychiatrist and a meddling sister.
Other films involve young people in their thirties, the subject of mediocrity and underachievement, romantic entanglements, political upheaval in the 1960s and World War II with a Greek family forced to shelter a Nazi.
In 100 Meters to Heaven, a Monsignor tried to expand the image of the Church to relate to the common man. So, in this comedy, he secures the help of a childhood friend as he rounds up athletes from around the world to compete in the London Olympics. Director Raffaele Verzillo expected at the 6:30 showing on Friday, Nov. 16.
For more information: www.SFFS.org
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