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Discover & Inhabit Italy through film and events at feStivale 2012

Venues Museum of Photographic Arts 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101 619-238-7559 The Birch North Park Theatre 2891 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92104 619-239-8836

SDIFF Board of Directors Victor Laruccia, Executive Director Joseph Annino Anthea Beletsis Clarissa Clò Janice Laruccia Ron Miriello

Carol Patterson Don Santamaria Saundra Saperstein Don Stadelli Pasquale Verdicchio Rosetta Sciacca Volkov


Special Thanks Special thanks to the City of San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture, and the Linnie Cooper Foundation for financial support and to Jacob Tyler, our brand communications agency.

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Included in the line-up is a retrospective of acclaimed film director Nanni Moretti, often called the Woody Allen of Italy (more acerbic, more political, but equally absurd). While it is impossible to cover the whole of Italian life, the themes and the loud critiques that life stimulates, the films give us an excellent place at the table in the center of a very busy piazza. Caro diario (Dear diary, 1993) and Il caimano (The Caiman, 2006) are earlier works, but we’ll also show Moretti’s latest film, Habemus Papam (We Have a Pope, 2011), winner of numerous awards all over Europe. Wherever you look in our feStivale schedule, you’ll find fascination and life at full tilt. Benvenuti al sud (Welcome to the South) turns on its head the age old prejudice of Italy’s north toward its south. Mine vaganti (Loose Cannons) by Turkish-born director

Nothing can truly capture the exquisite pleasure of time spent in Italy, but there’s a way to come close here in San Diego: Join us at the San Diego Italian Film Festival, from October 26th through November 11th for feStivale 2012. SDIFF will present seventeen fabulous films that will transport us into the rich Italian life we want to discover and inhabit, with laughs, music, tears and insights. Ferzan Özpetek is a hilarious portrait of a family enmeshed in conflict caused by generational issues and sexual identities. Don’t miss Passione, actor director John Turturro’s exuberant tribute to the songs and singers of Naples, Italy, the second of our three Musical Movies series. The feStivale parties are the best in town. At the head of the festival parade is a dashing members-only party (become a Member and come to the party!) at the La Jolla shores. Closing the feStivale is the Gala, one of the most passionate, delicious and fun evenings in town – everyone is invited! So here’s what you get: Italy’s best filmmakers, rewarding perspectives into Italy today, dreams of a better world and laughs at the foibles of this one, an artistic look at current problems; and after these great movies you need to find your way to our parties to share with us the beauty and tastes of Italian culture right here in San Diego. Join us - and get a big piece of Italy.


Happy Family

2010, Gabriele Salvatores, 90 mins Starring: Fabio De Luigi, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Margherita Buy, Diego Abatantuono, Carla Sinoris Reception starts at 5:30 PM Movie starts at 8:00 PM



$40 members / $50 guests of members

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club This is a private event for SDIFF members. No tickets available to general public. Become a member today and join the Member’s Only reception by visiting

2012 MEMBER’S ONLY RECEPTION Recently dumped screenwriter Ezio (Fabio De Luigi) is having trouble writing a story about two neurotic families whose paths cross when their teenage children, Filippo and Marta, decide to marry. The family members - Filippo’s parents (played by scene-stealer Fabrizio Bentivoglio and the magnificent Margherita Buy) and Marta’s parents (the remarkable Diego Abatantuono and Carla Sinoris) arrange to have dinner to meet for the first time, with hilarious consequences. Ezio soon writes himself into his script, and into a love story, while the characters bother him about having bigger and better roles!

On Friday October 26th, the SDIFF will honor and entertain its members with an Italian party at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. This is only for members and their guests. Members are a precious resource for the Italian Film Festival, and this party opens the 2012 feStivale. The location is special, a sunset colored beach in La Jolla with the Club nestled in a palm-lined bay, and a beautiful palazzo on the sand. The dishes are specially chosen and prepared for you, the movie is another fun treat and the company is not merely festive but focused particularly on pleasures of an Italian sort – helping to keep vibrant this Italian

Gorgeously shot, playfully acted and energetically paced, Salvatores tips his hat to the film’s origins on stage (co-scripter Alessandro Genovesi helped adapt his own successful play) with opening shots of a stage curtain, preparing the audience for the theatrical interplay to come.

Film Festival with companions of like mind and with more delights for the senses. Entry to this party for members is $40, and for guests of members $50. Come prepared for a good time, and help us celebrate the loyal support SDIFF members give to enhance the work of their Italian festival.

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OCT Benvenuti al sud

(Welcome to the South)

2010, Luca Miniero, 102 mins Starring: Claudio Bisio, Alessandro Siani and Angela Finocchiaro



7:00 PM $5 suggested donation Museum of Photographic Arts, MoPA

Alberto is the manager of a Post Office in a small town in the northwest of Italy. Under pressure from his wife Silvia, he will do anything to get a transfer to Milan – even going so far as to pretend he is disabled to get higher up on the transfer list! But this stunt backfires and as a punishment he is transferred to a small town near Naples, which, for a person from the north, is a real nightmare. Stuffed with prejudices, Alberto leaves alone to brave what he considers the land of Camorra, full of dirty, lazy southerners. But surprises and discoveries engage Alberto and give us great laughs as Alberto becomes part of the life of the south, even assisting in making love matches. The problem is, however, how does he tell Silvia? Since he has left, not only has their relationship been reborn, but to the eyes of his friends in the north, Alberto has become a real hero.

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Born in 1953 when world cinema was beginning to turn toward new adventures and to new theories of cinematic creativity and authorship, Moretti entered his adolescence knowing he wanted to make films, and he plunged into the work and arguments of post World War II filmmakers, now masters, particularly the French nouvelle vague. In almost every interview with him, Moretti articulates the basic principles of auteur filmmaking: He wants a film to be his voice. And what a voice it is.


Nanni Moretti, writer, producer, director, actor, and an independent artist in an industry that steam-rolls independent artists - he is one of Italy’s best directors in the last 35 years. He has also scored some of the most prestigious accolades in cinema.

A Retrospective


By age 20 he had left formal education for self-education in filmmaking, beginning with Super 8 equipment. His first feature film came in 1976. Since then he has produced over 11 features, most with himself as the principal male lead. Several, such as La stanza di figlio (The Son’s Room), have received major awards world-wide. He has his own production company and movie theater in Rome, where he’s lived since his birth in the Alto Adige. While many critics like to say Moretti is Italy’s Woody Allen, due to the existential themes and bumbling lead male actors in most of their films, Moretti is both more politically engaged, more absurdist and at times more realist. His key male characters are deeply but humanly flawed, incompetent to handle life’s vicissitudes, but involved in circumstances that shed a wry light on both the absurdity of social and political conditions and at the same time on the magical way his characters, and by extension all of us, manage to not exactly meet but run blindly through life’s challenges. Moretti’s wry humor, never mean, never cheap, always illuminates and makes hopeful our possibilities for getting through all these problems. The SDIFF has selected three of his films – Caro diario (1993), Il caimano (2006), Habemus Papam (2011) - to give an idea of the range and power of his voice, and while perhaps not enough to give a historical overview of this master, they will still give us a good sense of not only the stories he likes to tell but the voice he uses to endear his work to cinema lovers all over the globe.

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Caro diario

(Dear Diary) 1993, Nanni Moretti, 100 mins Starring: Nanni Moretti, Renato Carpentieri and Giovanna Bozzolo

7:00 PM $5 suggested donation Museum of Photographic Arts, MoPA

Nanni Moretti writes, directs and stars in this whimsical journey of self-discovery. Moretti gained international attention in 1994 when this film won the Best Director award at Cannes. The film is presented in three chapters: In Vespa, Islands, and Doctors. These “diary entries” serve as an outlet for Moretti’s internal journey and self-realizations of Italian culture. Moretti explores Italy both inside and out, through the winding streets of Rome to the Aeolian Islands to the frustrations of an imperfect medical system. He uses real locations and explores social and political issues to create a postmodern twist on Italian Neorealism. This film is the perfect combination of comedy, reality, rhythm and poetry and gives us a director focused on celebrating the pleasures of life while acknowledging its burdens and giving us hope for the future.





2002, Emanuele Crialese, 95 mins Starring: Valeria Golino, Vincenzo Amato and Francesco Casisa

7:00 PM $5 suggested donation Museum of Photographic Arts, MoPA

A pungent portrait of a fishing community on the island of Lampedusa (off the western coast of Sicily), Respiro is set in the present but evokes a primitive existence that really hasn’t changed much over the last half century. The main character, Grazia (Valeria Golino), is a beautiful but emotionally unstable fisherman’s wife and the mother of three; her wild mood swings and erratic behavior begin to rankle the town and to precipitate domestic havoc. When her family and neighbors decide to send Grazia to Milan for treatment, she runs away and hides in a cave by the sea. In a film that begins in a neo-realist mode, Grazia’s self-exile eventually takes on a mythic dimension.

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Pane e tulipani

(Bread and Tulips) 2000, Silvio Soldini, 114 mins Starring: Licia Maglietta, Bruno Ganz and Giuseppe Battiston


7:00 PM $5 suggested donation Museum of Photographic Arts, MoPA

During a coach tour, Rosalba (Licia Maglietta), a forty-year-old housewife, is ‘forgotten’ and left behind in a motorway service area. Rosalba overcomes her initial irritation and seizes the unexpected opportunity to escape from her everyday routine and embarks on a short adventure of her own, to Venice. As soon as she arrives, Rosalba phones her husband but his unreasonable response and other chance occurrences induce her to stay in Venice longer than planned. Strong acting, great characters, and Venice offering not only love but life, make this film a marvelous crowd pleaser, and the views inspire the artist in us to capture some of the art of living defined by this special place where the strange is normal, the beautiful is everyday, and the past whispers of a special zest for life. Preceded by photo show by Alyce D. Dutile Introducing the film will be Alyce D. Dutile, a professional photographer who has spent time in Venice working on a book of photography to be published this fall. Dutile will give us an inside look at her work and describe Venice as her inspiration for her art.

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Il caimano

(The Caiman) 2006, Nanni Moretti, 112 mins Starring: Silvio Orlando, Margherita Buy and Jasmine Trinca

7:00 PM $5 suggested donation Museum of Photographic Arts, MoPA



Exclusively Italian

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Bankrupt in his professional and personal life, movie producer Bruno Bonomo is finding it impossible to raise the finances for his latest project, “The Return of Christopher Columbus.” Entangled in debts and his own weaknesses, struggling with a capsizing marriage and his wayward kids, Bruno is going under. By chance, he meets a young director who gives him her script, “The Caiman.” At first Bruno takes it for a half-hearted thriller. Later, a more careful reading reveals it is a subtly disguised film about the Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. No longer can he stand back. He must set up the production. Yet in the midst of endless setbacks and problems, a new spirit is awakened in Bruno, and with it, the assertion of his dignity. Washed up as he seems, he finds within himself the desire to see through to the end of the project, which arrived by chance but which now he sees as a matter of life and death.

A Retrospective


NOV Terraferma

2011, Emanuele Crialese, 88 mins Starring: Filippo Pucillo, Donatella Finocchiaro and Beppe Fiorello



7:00 PM $5 suggested donation Museum of Photographic Arts, MoPA

A political powder keg sparks intense drama in Emanuele Crialese’s latest tale of working class life on a Sicilian island. On this occasion, Crialese’s protagonist is Ernesto (Mimmo Cuticchio), an old-fashioned fisherman on an island that’s quickly turning into a tourist trap. Happening upon an imperiled boatload of African refugees, he selflessly rescues a handful of passengers and hides them from the authorities. Meanwhile, Ernesto’s daughter-in-law (Donatella Finocchiaro) and grandson (Filippo Pucillo) agonize over the potential repercussions of harboring illegal immigrants until one of them is driven to commit a horrendous crime. Well-versed in the customs and concerns of Sicilians, Crialese has directed a film that’s rich in authenticity and generous with its insights. The writer/director possesses a gift for seamlessly incorporating front-page issues into the fabric of an intimate family drama. In a narrative rife with struggles the most compelling conflict found here is undoubtedly the one between traditional values and an increasingly callous world. This film and Sunday’s film Io sono Li will be the focus of a round table discussion after Sunday’s movie at MoPA. Please check the San Diego Asian Film Festival website for description of the Korean film In Another Country, with Isabelle Huppert.

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(Passion) 2010, John Turturro, 90 mins Starring: John Turturro, Max Casella and Lina Sastri

7:00 PM $10 The Birch North Park Theatre

John Turturro directs a spectacular and beautiful love poem to the city of Naples—a city of music, of culture and most of all, its extraordinary people. The stunning and evocative music of Naples takes center stage in John Turturro’s fourth directorial outing with magnificent results. Turturro immerses us in the rich culture that lies within the complex city, exploring the dynamic music which continues to define its traditions. Richly textured and layered, Passione vibrantly combines archival footage with astonishing musical numbers on the streets, inside the sites and within the hearts of its people. Turturro’s love of Italy adds weight and poignancy to his portrayal of the robust and diverse sounds created by past and current artists—who obviously understand and share the energy which encompasses their world. Highlighted sounds from such masters as Sergio Bruni, Massimo Ranieri and Renato Carosone and contemporary artists like M’Barka Ben Taleb and James Senese are seamlessly blended together for a captivating journey through music that explores ideas of love, loss, sex, birth and death. This is SDIFF’s second movie in its “Film and Music” series.

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Tommaso, an aspiring writer, is the youngest child in the large, eccentric Cantone family which owns a pasta factory in Puglia. He has come home from Rome for an important family dinner at which his father will hand over the management of the pasta factory to him and his brother, Antonio. Determined to assert his own personal choices, Tommaso plans to announce at the dinner that he is gay. But that evening, just as he begins to say, “silence please”, to Tommaso’s surprise, and everyone else’s shock, he is upstaged by his brother. This is Ozpetek (‘Facing Windows’, ‘Ignorant Fairies’) at his best, skillfully portraying the dizzying complexities of the relationships within large extended Italian families where everyone seems to hide at least one secret. Here the best plans of a patriarchal family run into the hilarious realities of modern Italy. A Night at the Birch with FilmOut Community Partner:

Mine vaganti

(Loose Cannons) 2010, Ferzan Ozpetek, 110 mins Starring: Riccardo Scamarcio, Nicole Grimaudo and Alessandro Preziosi

7:00 PM $10 The Birch North Park Theatre




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Io sono Li

(Shun Li and the Poet) 2011, Andrea Segre, 100 mins Starring: Tao Zhao, Rade Serbedzija and Marco Paolini

7:00 PM $5 suggested donation Museum of Photographic Arts, MoPA

Many recent European films have chronicled the social and personal consequences of the recent wave of immigration to Europe, but few with the delicacy and insight of Andrea Segre’s lovely film. Brought to Italy by a “broker” that she’s slowly paying off while saving money to bring across her son, Shun Li (Zhao Tao, Jia Zhang-ke’s muse in Platform and The World) is sent from her factory job to a bar in Chioggia, a small town in the Veneto lagoon. There she strikes up a friendship with Bepi, a fisherman nicknamed “the Poet,” himself a representative of an earlier immigration to Italy from Eastern Europe. The two come to share a special understanding, and their relationship transforms them both. Segre effectively draws us into this “immigrant world,” not simply to expose its unfairness but to reveal the ways in which immigrants create their own special support systems. An unusual and compelling first feature deservedly selected for the Director’s Fortnight section of the Venice Film Festival, this has a terrific central performance by Zhao Tao as Li, which is both restrained and heartfelt. Li and the Poet takes the essence of an all- too-reallife situation (the relatively recent influx of Chinese immigrants into the environs of Venice) and gives us a vivid contemporary story that is also simultaneously a new filmic look at aspects of Venetian life, refreshingly naturalistic and free of picture postcard tourism.

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Movie co-hosted in partnership with the San Diego Asian Film Festival and followed by a discussion on film and immigration.

Immediately after the screening there will be a round-table discussion on film and immigration. Dr. Clarissa Clò will moderate and will be joined by Dr. Brian Hu of the San Diego Asian Film Festival and Dr. Àine O’Healy of Loyola Marymount University. Dr. Pasquale Verdicchio and director Andrea Segre will join us from Rome via Skype. The discussion will also address Terraferma, (showing Thursday, November 1) and the Korean film In Another Country directed by Hong Sang-soo, and starring Isabelle Huppert, sponsored by the SD Asian Film Festival, to be screened at MOPA before Io sono Li. For more information and ticket prices, visit the SDAFF website



Piano, solo

2007, Riccardo Milani, 104 mins Starring: Kim Rossi Stuart, Jasmine Trinca and Paola Cortellesi

7:00 PM $5 suggested donation Museum of Photographic Arts, MoPA

Based on a book by Walter Veltroni, the perceptive new film from award-winning director Riccardo Milani tells the passionate and haunting true story of jazz pianist Luca Flores. Piano, solo follows Flores (Kim Rossi Stuart), one of the brightest musical talents to emerge in Italy in the past few decades, from his boyhood in Africa to his years playing with such greats such as Chet Baker & Dave Holland. But sadly, as he develops his prodigious, spellbinding talent at music school in Florence and discovers jazz, his loved ones watch helplessly as he retreats further and further into his personal darkness. Rossi Stuart is masterful as Flores, capturing not just his artistry, loves, anxieties and madness, but also, the essential enigma that defined this great artist and that continues to fuel his popularity as a cult figure in Italy more than ten years after his death. This is SDIFF’s third film in its “Film and Music” series.

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An ambitious young theater director takes some serious liberties with theology and accepted history as she stages a new play behind bars in this offbeat comedy from writer and director Davide Ferrario. Irena (Kasia Smutniak) is a forward thinking director who travels to a penitentiary in Turin to stage a new play at the invitation of chaplain Father Iridio (Gianluca Gobbi). Irena has been told she will have complete creative control over the production, but she discovers as long as she’s using inmates as cast and crew, she has to deal with Iridio and warden Libero (Fabio Troiano), who have some fairly strong ideas of their own.

NOV Tutta colpa di Giuda


2009, Davide Ferrario, 102 mins Starring: Kasia Smutniak, Fabio Troiano and Gianluca Gobbi

7:00 PM $5 suggested donation Museum of Photographic Arts, MoPA

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Senza arte nè parte

(Make a Fake) 2011, Giovanni Albanese, 90 mins Starring: Giuseppe Battiston, Giulio Beranek and Donatella Finocchiaro

7:00 PM $5 suggested donation Museum of Photographic Arts, MoPA

Enzo, his wife and two small children, Carmine with his aging mother, and Bandula, an Indian immigrant, find themselves unemployed and penniless after their boss decides to modernize his factory and replace part of the workforce with machines. But later he re-hires the three workers to become guardians of a modern art collection that he is building, in which they discover a new universe where a fingerprint on an egg is worth a fortune. They soon come up with a clever but risky plan to leverage their position and take advantage of their new situation. The result is just what they had hoped for, as they celebrate their success, until something goes horribly wrong.

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Habemus Papam

(We Have a Pope) 2011, Nanni Moretti, 102 mins Starring: Michel Piccoli, Nanni Moretti and Jerzy Stuhr

When the Cardinal’s advisors are unable to convince Melville that he is the right man for the job, they seek help from a renowned psychoanalyst - and atheist - played by director Moretti. But the fear of the responsibility suddenly thrust on him is one problem that Melville must face on his own. While Moretti and his co-screenwriters provide their own take on a very specific world, the themes of the film and the protagonist’s anguish carry a universal resonance that speaks to audiences far removed from the Vatican.

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What would happen if the Pope got cold feet? In Nanni Moretti’s wry comic drama, the newly elected Pope, Cardinal Melville suffers a panic attack just as he is due to appear on St. Peter’s balcony to greet the faithful who have been patiently awaiting the conclave’s decision.


A Retrospective

7:00 PM $5 suggested donation Museum of Photographic Arts, MoPA

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Rosso come il cielo

(Red Like the Sky) 2006, Cristiano Bortone, 96 mins Starring: Francesco Campobasso, Luca Capriotti and Marco Cocci

7:00 PM $5 suggested donation Museum of Photographic Arts, MoPA

This marvelous film is inspired by the true story of Mirco Mencacci, one of the most gifted Italian sound editors working today, who happens to be blind. Born in a small village in Tuscany, in 1971, Mirco is a bright, lively 10-year-old, crazy about the movies - especially Westerns and adventure films. His father, an incurable idealist, is a truck driver. One day, while Mirco is playing with an old rifle, the gun accidentally goes off leaving him blind. At that time, Italian law considered blind people hopelessly handicapped, and did not permit them to attend public school. Hence, young Mirco’s parents are forced to shut their son up in a special school for the blind. In the beginning Mirco does not accept his new condition, but he is feisty and determined. When he finds an old tape recorder and a few used reels and discovers that by cutting and splicing tape he can create little fairy tales made only of sounds, a brand new world opens up to him and to his schoolmates. The big issues of friendship, bullying, disability and creativity are touched on in this unusual tale that will lift your heart and inspire you.

The San Diego Italian Film Festival would like to thank Villa Capri Ristorante for its generous continued support – and for the delicious food that makes the Gala the best party in town!

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NOV GALA + FILM Starts at 6:00 PM Movie following Gala $100 members / $80 for SDIFF members

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Nessuno mi può giudicare (Escort in Love)

2011, Massimiliano Bruno, 95 mins Starring: Paola Cortellesi, Raoul Bova and Rocco Papaleo

6PM This film follows the SDIFF Gala party and is open only to Gala guests. Alice (Paola Cortellesi) is a housewife in a posh part of Rome and a mother to nine year old Filippo (Giovanni Bruno) enjoying a luxurious home and lifestyle. When her husband dies in a car accident she is left with a massive debt and the risk of losing her son. Desperately in need of cash, and with no skills, Alice turns to the oldest profession in the world. Realizing she is totally out of her depth, Alice looks to another escort, Eva (Anna Foglietta), for guidance and soon she goes from awkward amateur to seductive professional. Meanwhile Alice and her son move to her former butler’s neighborhood, and a new world of working-class folk – including a love interest in Giulio (Italian heart-throb Raoul Bova). Cortellesi, who won Italy’s equivalent of an Oscar for this role, exudes warmth and charm as the new high-price call girl. This is a frothy film with over-thetop comedy, romantic sentimentality and just a dash of social commentary.

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Sara and Frank Antonicelli Family


Saturday, November 10, 2012, will be a day you won’t forget – that is, if you join the San Diego Italian Film Festival at its annual Gala, the best party in town. This is the SDIFF’s major annual fund-raiser but even more it is the high point of the festival’s celebration of Italian life at its finest, una festa, una cena, una serata da ricordare per sempre. This is the SDIFF’s 6th annual gala, and it has a reputation for glorious food, drink and entertainment that lets us all know the best in Italian life, the connections we make to family and friends through food, drink and stories. And while you enjoy yourselves at this splendid table in our piazza, you will have the satisfaction not only of an evening spent in these earthly delights but also of the heavenly support you have given to this tireless festival dedicated to bringing you the best of Italian culture here in San Diego. So join in as soon as you can, the tickets go quickly. The pleasures are divine as is your support.





Migration through the eyes of our children 2012, Marco Lora

2:00 PM $5 suggested donation Museum of Photographic Arts, MoPA

AN EVENT FOR AND ABOUT CHILDREN What happens when families leave behind their roots to arrive in an unfamiliar realm, their children unwittingly becoming anchors in the maelstrom of novelty? Delve into the lives of these children as they share their thoughts and dreams of immigration while offering a fascinating insight into their perspective of national boundaries and cultural divides. Director Marco Lora especially crafted for the SDIFF this tapestry of cross-cultural young voices using a mix of direct interviews and animation to present a documentary with the Italian American Academy of San Diego, proudly premiering at the SDIFF.

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BECOME A MEMBER Now in its sixth year, the San Diego Italian Film Festival continues to present first-run, award winning Italian films to a wide and diverse audience. This year, that audience expanded with the screening of a mini-festival of three films in the North County at the La Paloma Theater in Encinitas. The San Diego Italian Film Festival has evolved into an important piece of the city’s arts and culture landscape. Films are presented year-round, along with several significant cultural events and a fall feStivale, which offers seventeen superb films between October 26th and November 11th. Much like an Italian piazza, SDIFF provides a place where everyone can participate in the life and culture of Italy that is admired and enjoyed by so many. And Italian movies provide the means for creating this piazza from which to watch life parade before us. As we look forward to another extraordinary season, we invite you to become a member of the San Diego Italian Film Festival. Your membership is essential to our future and enables us to provide exceptional programs for all to enjoy.

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ABOUT SDIFF The San Diego Italian Film Festival has become a leading organization for the dissemination of Italian arts and culture in San Diego, presenting films, and a few very special events, year-round – in addition to the fall feStivale, which will offer you seventeen wonderful movies between October 26th and November 11th. SDIFF founders realized some years ago that movies would provide the means for re-creating a lively Italian piazza, a way to watch Italian life unfold, thrive or come undone, to bring back memories, to debate the multiplicity of Italian identities and to connect with as many people as could be reached. In its sixth year, the San Diego Italian Film Festival continues to present award winning Italian films to wide and diverse communities. Our audiences are treated to the unique insights and perspective given in an introduction to each movie by one of the SDIFF directors or guests, each of whom brings their own history and Italian expertise to the SDIFF. While many festivals celebrate movies, or celebrities, the San Diego Italian Film Festival celebrates culture – a special culture that turns heads all over the world. Join us as we continue our explorations into Italian culture.

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