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3rd Annual Italian Film Festival

The 3rd annual Italian Film Festival USA of Cleveland will screen the local premieres of four recent, critically and publicly acclaimed Italian films at Case Western Reserve University’s Strosacker Auditorium. Films will be shown in Italian with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago and in collaboration with Case Western Reserve University’s Film Society and Italian Program.



Wednesday, April 7, 2010
La ragazza del lago
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Il papà di Giovanna
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Si può fare

La ragazza del lago (The Girl by the Lake)

The Girl By The Lake

Wednesday, April 7, 2010 7:00 p.m.

It is eight o’clock in the morning when Marta, biting a doughnut, is returning home after having slept at her aunt’s house. A truck stops: Mario, a mentally-challenged local young man, convinces her to follow him to his farm. The alarm immediately goes off as Marta is only six years old. Inspector Sanzio, an experienced policeman, who recently moved to that remote area comes to the town. The younger colleague Siboldi, native to those valleys, becomes his guide and helps him to know the family ties and relationships of that small community. The two of them, accompanied by Alfredo, Sanzio’s loyal collegue since his time in homicide, will have to stay in town because another crime is about to be committed; a crime probably connected to one of the families in the village, born from a sentimental or emotional tie. Based on the novel Don’t look Back by Karin Fossum.

La ragazza del lago Director: Andrea Molaioli
Cast: Toni Servillo, Nello Mascia, Marco Baliani, Giulia Michelini, Fausto Sciarappa, Denis Fasolo, Franco Ravera, Sara D’Amario, Valeria Golino, Fabrizio Gifuni, Anna Bonaiuto, Omero Antonutti
Year: 2007
Length: 95 min.
Genre: Drama

15 wins: Best Film, Best Actor (Toni Servillo), Best Director (Andrea Molaioli), Best New Director (Andrea Molaioli), Best Producer, Best Editing, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Visual Effects: David Donatello; Best Actor (Toni Servillo), Best New Director (Andrea Molaioli), Best Screenplay: Nastri d’Argento della SNGCI; Isvema Award (Andrea Molaioli), Best Actor (Toni Servillo): Venice Film Festival

8 nominations: Best Actress (Anna Bonaiuto), Best Supporting Actor (Fabrizio Gifuni), Best Make-Up, Best Music, Best Production Design: David Donatello; Best Supporting Actress (Anna Bonaiuto), Best Producer, Best Cinematography: Nastri d’Argento della SNGCI


Ex (Many Kisses Later)

Many Kisses Later

Thursday, April 8, 2010 7:00 p.m.

Exes are like the Phoenix rising from the ashes... they never die! They lie in wait, ready to change your life... Some relationships have turned into hatred, others into friendships, for others instead the flame of love is still burning. Some you have lost sight of by choice, others by a bizarre twist of fate, others by mistake. However, they are all part of your life. If today you are who you are, it’s also the fault or the merit of your Exes. The film begins with many declarations of love and lots of kisses… But then, does love go on? Did they indeed live happily ever after?

Tanti baci dopo Director: Fausto Brizzi
Cast: Claudio Bisio, Silvio Orlando, Fabio De Luigi, Nancy Brilli, Flavio Insinna, Cristiana Capotondi, Gianmarco Tognazzi, Elena Sofia Ricci, Vincenzo Salemme, Alessandro Gassman, Malik Zidi, Claudia Gerini, Cécile Cassel, Martina Pinto, Carla Signoris, Giorgia Wurth
Year: 2009
Length: 120 min.
Genre: Comedy

1 win: Best Comedy: Nastri d’Argento della SNGCI

14 nominations: Best Film, Best Director (Fausto Brizzi), Best Supporting Actor (Claudio Bisio), Best Supporting Actress (Carla Signoris), Best Music, Best Original Song, Best screenplay, Best Editing: David Donatello; Best Supporting Actress (Carla Signoris), Best Supporting Actor (Claudio Bisio e Silvio Orlando), Best Editing, Best Screenplay, Best Song: Nastri d’Argento della SNGCI


Il papà di Giovanna (Giovanna’s Father)

Giovanna’s Father

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 7:00 p.m.

Bologna 1938. Giovanna is a shy, insecure and average looking young girl. Her father, a secondary school teacher is devoted to giving her the best education, reassuring her every day of her intellectual and cultural superiority. His aim is to provide her with a great future, but everything will turn into tragedy when Giovanna becomes insanely jealous of her beautiful and generous classmate.

Il papà di
Giovanna Director: Pupi Avati
Cast: Silvio Orlando, Francesca Neri, Ezio Greggio, Alba Rohrwacher, Serena Grandi, Paolo Graziosi, Sandro Dori, Edoardo Romano, Chiara Sani
Year: 2008
Length: 104 min.
Genre: Drama

6 wins: Best Actress (Alba Rohrwacher): David Donatello; Best Supporting Actor (Ezio Greggio), Best Supporting Actress (Francesca Neri): Nastri d’Argento della SNGCI ; Leoncino d’Oro (Pupi Avati), Coppa Volpi Best Actor (Silvio Orlando), Premio Fancesco Pasinetti--Best Actor (Silvio Orlando): La Biennale di Venezia

8 nominations: Nominated Best Actor (Silvio Orlando), Best Director (Pupi Avati), Best Costumes: David Donatello; Best Actor (Silvio Orlando), Best Actress (Alba Rohrwacher), Best Director of an Italian Film (Pupi Avati), Best Producer: Nastri d’Argento della SNGCI ; Leoncino d’Oro (Pupi Avati): La Biennale di Venezia


Si può fare (We Can Do That)

We Can Do That

Thursday, April 15, 2010 7:00 p.m.

Nello, a Milanese businessman who has lost his job, finds himself managing a cooperative of former mental patients, relocated after the Italian state closed the country’s psychiatric hospitals under the Basaglia law. A strong believer in the dignity of work, Nello encourages every cooperative member to learn a trade in order to free themselves from their dependence on charity handouts, inventing a role for each of them that is amazingly adapted to their abilities. Though it will end up in conflict, with the inevitable human and tragic-comic contradictions in play.

Si può fare Director: Giulio Manfredonia
Cast: Claudio Bisio, Anita Caprioli, Giuseppe Battiston, Rosaria Russo, Giorgio Colangeli, Rosaria Russo, Andrea Bosca, Giovanni Calcagno, Pietro Ragusa, Carlo Giuseppe Gabardini
Year: 2008
Length: 111 min.
Genre: Comedy

3 wins: David of the Youth (Giulio Manfredonia): David Donatello; Best Original Story: Nastri d’Argento della SNGCI; Best Producer: Globi d’Oro

11 nominations: Nominated Best Film, Best Actor (Claudio Bisio), Best Director (Giulio Manfredonia), Best Editing, Best Music, Best Producer, Best Screenplay, Best Sound: David Donatello; Best Producer, Best Music, Best Costume Design: Nastri d’Argento della SNGCI