friday night italian film festival: 2018-2019 series

Italian film is as much a part of Italian culture as the food, music and people! The 2018-2019 Italian Film Festival celebrates the 35th year the Italian Cultural Society has presented these special Italian and Italian-American films. 

Bring your family and friends and enjoy the social time before the film - doors open at 7:30pm - and join the discussion after! The Italian Film Festival begins annually, showing each film only one time. The first films screen in September and October, then continue in January, February, and April, with the final film screening in May. The Friday Night Film Festival Series is organized by ICS Member Bob Masullo. 

Film Admission is $15 • Refreshments Included!

Films are shown at 8pm on the designated dates at the Italian Center, 6821 Fair Oaks Blvd., Carmichael 95608

Friday, September 21 at 8:00 pm 

“CINEMA PARADISO” 

A famous movie director returns to his tiny home town and reminiscences about his childhood with the projectionist of the Cinema Paradiso, the man who sparked his love for film making. In flashbacks the two spend hours discussing movies and dreams in this heart-warming comedy. Winner of both the Academy Award and the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film. In Italian With English Subtitles. (1989)

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Friday, October 26 at 8:00 pm 

“I BAMBINI CI GUARDANO” 

(The Children Are Watching Us) A Vittorio De Sica early-career drama about the dissolution of a marriage as seen through the eyes of the couple’s only child. Incredibly poignant, it is considered a classic of the post-war Italian neorealism (black-and-white) film movement. In Italian With English Subtitles. (1944)

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Friday, January 18 at 8:00 pm 

“GARIBALDI'S LOVERS” 

AKA "Il Comandante  
E La Cicogna", (The Commander and the Stork
) A widowed plumber struggles with his adolescent children’s growing pains until he intersects with a penniless artist and her eccentric landlord. Through a hilarious series of coincidences, they give each other new hope for the future -- and for their city. Stars Valerio Mastandrea, Alba Rohrwacher and Giuseppe Battiston
. 
In Italian With English Subtitles. (2012)

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Friday, Febrary 18 at 8:00 pm 

“I NOSTRI RAGAZZI” 

(Our Boys) AKA "La Cena," (The Dinner) Tensions between two brothers and their families escalate when a video of two teenagers -- the son of one and daughter of the other -- beating a homeless woman, shows up and the parents have different views on dealing with the situation. Stars Fanny Ardant, Antonio Catania, Francsca D’Aloja and Riccardo Garrone. In Italian With English Subtitles. (2014)

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Friday, April 26 at
8:00 pm 

“TORNO INDIETRO E CAMBIO VITA” 

(“I'm Returning and My Ways Are Changed”) Marco’s wife leaves him after 25 years of marriage and he and his friend Claudio, who also is having problems, get into an accident that puts them back in time. Returning to the present, they find their lives quite different. But, love triumphs.  Stars Raoul Bova, Ricky Memphis, Giulia Michelini, Max Tortora and Paola Minaccioni. In Italian With English Subtitles. (2015)

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Friday, May 17 at
8:00 pm 

“THE WHOLE SHEBANG” 

Tragedy meets comedy when a bumbling yet passionate Italian travels to America to save his family's firework business and all hell breaks loose. Family and loyalty, life and death, dreams and answered prayers … that's "The Whole Shebang," a funny, heartwarming tale about an Italian-American family steeped in tradition. Stars Stanley Tucci, Bridget Fonda, Giancarlo Giannini. In English. (1989)

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