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Languages, Cultures and Literatures

Film italiani - Primavera 2016
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Appuntamento al cinema! Everyone is welcome!


All films are subtitled in English.


On campus


I cento passi (One Hundred Steps)

Wednesday, Feb. 17 | 7-9 p.m. | Serra Hall 210

I cento passi was the distance between the Impastatos' house and the house of Tano Badalamenti, an important Mafia boss, in the small Sicilian town of Cinisi. The movie is the story of Peppino Impastato, a young left-wing activist who, in the late seventies (when almost nobody dared to speak about Mafia, and several politicians maintained that Mafia did not even exist), repeatedly denounced Badalamenti crimes and the whole Mafia system using a small local radio station, with the arm of irony. In 1978 Peppino (30 years old) was killed by an explosion. The police archived the case as an accident or a suicide, but his friends never accepted this thesis. Note: This is a true story. More than twenty years after Peppino's death, the case has been re-opened. Tano Badalamenti, meanwhile, has been convicted in USA for drug traffic. —Written by Pasquale Foggia


Mio fratello è figlio unico (My Brother Is an Only Child)

Wednesday, Mar. 9 | 7-9 p.m. | Serra Hall 210

Growing up in small-town Italy during the '60s and '70s, brothers Accio and Manrico embody and celebrate opposing political stances, but share an impassioned love of the same woman that threatens to drive them to blows. Director Daniele Luchetti's political comedy observes the brothers over the course of 15 years, against the ever-shifting backdrop of tumultuous Italian sociopolitical history. During that time span, the siblings' loyalties will fluctuate; they will endure arguments and quarrels, and find themselves separated by the ravages of time and circumstance and reunited magnetically by the wisdom of age. In time, they will come to a firmer and clearer understanding of not only the differences but the similarities that they harbor. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi


La prima cosa bella (The First Beautiful Thing)

Wednesday, Apr. 6 | 7-9 p.m. | Serra Hall 210

A grown man discovers the tragic truth about the mother he once shunned in this poignant family drama from director Paolo Virzì (Caterina in the Big City, A Whole Life Ahead). In the early 1970s, single mother Anna lived in a provincial Italian town with her two small children. A divorced woman with no career prospects, she struggles to remain optimistic for her children while doing everything within her power to provide for them. Rejected by her embittered son, she soldiers on bravely, and attempts to teach both the boy and his sister to appreciate life's little pleasures. Decades later, Anna's children are all grown up, and she receives a devastating diagnosis. Lying on her death bed, she is elated when they both return to say their final farewells. It's only then that Anna is able to reveal the truth about her turbulent past, and her children learn to appreciate the incredible sacrifices she made for them in the name of love.Author unknown.



Wednesday, Apr. 20 | 7-9 p.m. | Serra Hall 210

Luciano is a Neapolitan fishmonger who supplements his modest income by pulling off little scams together with his wife Maria. A likeable, entertaining guy, Luciano never misses an opportunity to perform for his customers and countless relatives. One day his family urge him to try out for the television show Big Brother. In chasing this dream his perception of reality begins to change. Written by lletaif


Off campus


San Diego Italian Film Festival: