Join us at the Egyptian and Aero Theatres for our annual celebration of Italian cinema, co-presented by the American Cinematheque and Luce Cinecittà. The 13th edition of Cinema Italian Style will include several guest appearances and numerous films making their Los Angeles premieres.
Co-presented by the American Cinematheque and Luce Cinecittà, under the auspices of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles, the Italian Trade Agency and the Italian Cultural Institute. Supported by The Leading Hotels of the World. Media partner: Variety.
Join us at the Egyptian and Aero Theatres for our annual celebration of Italian cinema! The 13th edition of Cinema Italian Style kicks into gear with Italy’s official Oscar submission for Best Foreign-Language Film, A CIAMBRA. Writer-director Jonas Carpignano’s propulsive drama, executive produced by Martin Scorsese, digs a little deeper into one of the characters from Carpignano’s earlier MEDITERRANEA, a street-smart Romani 14-year-old named Pio.
Young people are also the focus of Andrea De Sica’s (nephew of master Vittorio De Sica and son of composer Manuel) feature debut, CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT, in which two friends try to shake the wide-ranging restrictions of their boarding school. Andrea Molaioli’s SLAM, based on the novel by Nick Hornby, follows the twists and turns of a 16-year-old skateboarder’s life.
This year’s films include many outstanding performances. Jasmine Trinca was named Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival and the Nastri d'Argento Awards for her riveting turn in the title role of Sergio Castellitto’s FORTUNATA, playing a soon-to-be-single mom struggling to realize her dreams. And Renato Carpentieri is unforgettable as a retired lawyer in failing health who feels closer to his neighbor’s kids than his own children in Gianni Amelio’s HOLDING HANDS.
No survey of Italian cinema could be complete without a little romance, and in Roberto De Paolis’ PURE HEARTS, chaste teen Agnese falls hard for Stefano, a young security guard, though the relationship soon gets bumpy. A beautiful but blind osteopath (Valeria Golino) catches the eye of a womanizing ad agency man (Adriano Giannini) in Silvio Soldini’s EMMA. The couple at the center of the Manetti brothers’ TRUE LOVE faces even bigger obstacles — he’s a hit man and she’s a witness he’s been assigned to kill.
Mismatched couples are played for laughs in two recent Italian comedies. In Francesco Amato’s LET YOURSELF GO, an austere psychoanalyst (Toni Servillo, from Oscar winner THE GREAT BEAUTY) tries to lose some weight with the help of a more outgoing personal trainer. Tempestuous 22-year-old slacker Andrea Carpenzano is forced to tend to 85-year-old Giuliano Montaldo in Francesco Bruni’s FRIENDS BY CHANCE. In the latest film from the Ficarra & Picone comedy team, IT’S THE LAW, a small Sicilian village experiences culture shock when its new mayor renounces corruption. The Cinema Italian Style series also includes three short films: “The Millionairs,” “Il Legionario” and “Science Pills.”
All films are in Italian with English subtitles, unless otherwise noted. Series compiled by Laura Delli Colli and Camilla Cormanni. Program notes by John Hagelston.
Actress Jasmine Trinca and directors Jonas Carpignano, Andrea De Sica, Francesco Bruni and the Manetti brothers will each introduce their films.