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Italian Film Series, San Francisco

(Feb 23, 2012)

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura/San Francisco presents a selection of five films that explore main changes and issues in Italian society. The sequence of movies follows a chronological order of events from the 1970s to the 2000s, as well as five key themes: Mafia and Family (I cento passi), Politics (Il Divo), Work (La febbre), Economy (Il gioiellino), and Immigration (Scontro di civiltà per un ascensore a Piazza Vittorio).

The series is hosted by Andrea Bini, currently teaching Italian literature and film at Santa Clara University and a contributor to Popular Italian Cinema: Culture and Politics in a Postwar Society edited by Flavia Brizio-Skow.

Friday, February 24 at 6:30 pm
The Divo by Paolo Sorrentino (2008)
A biographical drama film based on the figure of seven time Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti featuring a great performance by Toni Servillo.

Friday, March 2 at 6:30 pm
One Hundred Steps by Marco Tullio Giordana (2000)
The life of “Peppino” Impastato who opposed the Mafia in Sicily when almost nobody dared to speak about it and was later killed by a bomb.

Friday, March 9 at 6:30 pm
The Fever by Alessandro D’Alatri (2005.)
Mario, a young building surveyor, decides to follow his dream to open a nightclub with a group of friends.

Friday, March 16 at 6:30 pm
The Jewel by Andrea Molaioli (2011)
In a film based on the Parmalat scandal in Italy, Remo Girone stars as the lightly fictionalized CEO who drives his giant firm to the brink of destruction in an attempt to play the markets.

Friday, March 23 at 6:30 pm
Clash of Civilization Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio by Isotta Toso (2010)
The movie is a free adaptation of the novel by Amara Lakhous about the lives and tensions in multiethnic Rome.

Free and open to the public. All films in Italian with English subtitles.
For complete details and to register:

Istituto Italiano di Cultura
814 Montgomery Street (between Jackson and Pacific)
San Francisco CA 94133.