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After the War (Dopo la guerra)

Thu, Nov 9, 2017 9:00 PM (93 min)
Bologna 2002. The murder of a professor reopens old political wounds, as Marco (Giuseppe Battiston), a far left-wing activist and convicted terrorist who long ago fled Italy for asylum in France, is suspected of ordering the killing. Now, the authorities request his extradition, forcing Marco to abandon his peaceful life as an intellectual in Paris and go on the run with his teenage daughter, Viola (Charlotte Cétaire). Two stories develop in parallel: Director Annarita Zambrano follows the vicissitudes of Marco and Viola’s flight to Lisbon, exploring the relationship between a father and a child torn between love for her cantankerous parent and her need for freedom. At the same time, the fugitive’s family faces consequences for his actions back home in Italy. Prosecutors
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At War for Love (In guerra per amore)

Sat, Nov 11, 2017 4:00 PM (99 min)
The year is 1943; the Allies are preparing to invade Southern Italy and loosen Mussolini’s fascist hold on the country. Meanwhile, a bumbling waiter named Arturo (Pif) is in love with Flora (Miriam Leone), his employer ’s niece. She’s being married off to a Mafia chieftain’s son unless Arturo can ask her father for her hand... only Dad lives in Sicily. So, our hapless hero joins the Army to find him, only to be recruited on a mission involving an MIA soldier carrying sensitive information in the region. Thus, begins a wild romp through WWII’s greatest hits, complete with cameos from FDR, Lucky Luciano, and
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Bozzetto non troppo (Bozzetto non troppo)

Sat, Nov 11, 2017 2:00 PM (75 min)
Be prepared to fall in love with the spry and humble Bruno Bozzetto, one of Italy’s most popular and influential animators. In Marco Bonfanti’s warm-hearted, intimate documentary Bozzetto non troppo, the engaging Bozzetto—best-known for the 1976 Fantasia-inspired Allegro non troppo—unfurls a welcome mat that invites us to observe every facet of his life. And what an engaging and vibrant world we enter; from hanging out with him at his kooky rural family home that is enlivened by a menagerie of animals Dr. Dolittle would covet to accompanying him as he visits his hip urban Milan studio and his team of dedicated animators. We also journey with
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Castro (Castro)

Thu, Nov 9, 2017 2:15 PM (86 min)
In the San Giovanni quarter of Rome, families and individuals live in close community in an old, decaying school building with tall ceilings and light. They illegally occupy every nook and cranny of the space they call “Castro,” while celebrating birthdays, watching each other’s children, feeding the building’s cat (also named Castro), and sharing other small but precious events. Paolo Civati deftly directs this documentary about the everyday lives of a rich cast of characters, all of whom know that their beloved building is destined for closure. Roberto, in his 70s, frequently calls for the cat, who regards Roberto with the unresponsive eyes of a sphinx. Claudio, a muscular man under house arrest, and Deborah, who wears his tattoos, are in love.
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Children of the Night (I figli della notte)

Fri, Nov 10, 2017 9:00 PM (85 min)
Boarding school can be a very scary place. Giulio (Vincenzo Crea), an introverted 17-year-old from a wealthy family, discovers just how menacing his elite alpine school is after being awakened in the middle of the night by older students in hockey masks. Daily life is rigid and acetic: The students only have access to cell phones for a few hours each day and the nearest town is 10 kilometers away. Giulio feels lonely after having been sent away by his busy mother, but his isolation is quickly ruptured by the energetic friendship of rebellious Edoardo (Ludovico Succio). Together, they form a deep bond
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Closing Night Party and Wine Tasting

Osteria
Sun, Nov 12, 2017 8:30 PM (90 min)
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The Duel of Wine (Il duello del vino)

Sun, Nov 12, 2017 6:15 PM (95 min)
Notorious and charismatic sommelier Charlie Arturaola stars as himself in Nicholas Carreras’ hilarious Dionysian joy ride through the major wine regions of Italy, easily the funniest wine film since the merlot-bashing Sideways. When his palate mysteriously fails him, Arturaola is banned from the illustrious Duel of Wine competition and banished from the fiercely opinionated world of oenology. His uproarious quest to return to form involves both clever and idiotic schemes, among them ghost-tasting for a handsome but buffoonish friend. Carreras’ gleeful, stinging satire of the obsessive world of drinking and dining contests includes several luminaries from the wine world in on the joke. The United States gets playfully savaged as the capital
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First Try (La prima meta)

Fri, Nov 10, 2017 1:45 PM (76 min)
In this gripping and poignant documentary, director Enza Negroni takes us inside the Bologna correctional facility where inmates engage in an uncommon form of rehabilitation while serving out their sentences: rugby. The men of team Giallo Dozza, many of whom have never played the game before, submit to bouts of rigorous training and will brave any weather to prove their perseverance and drive while competing against veteran Italian rugby teams visiting from the outside. Their tough but big-hearted leader is Max, a coach whose lessons of endurance, discipline, mutual respect, and unity extend far beyond the field. For these inmates, the sport becomes a microcosm of life on the outside, and a reminder of the importance, just as in the game, to keep your head
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Fortunata (Fortunata)

Wed, Nov 8, 2017 9:10 PM (103 min)
Fortunata (Jasmine Trinca) is a young mother and self-employed hairdresser tenaciously pursuing her dream of opening her own salon and achieving economic independence in this drama set in contemporary Rome. Fortunata, whose name ironically means “Lucky,” is stuck in a toxic relationship with Franco (Edoardo Pesce), her abusive ex-husband. She is also mother to troubled eight-year-old Barbara (Nicole Centanni), whose behavioral problems have landed her in therapy with child psychologist Patrizio (Stefano Accorsi). Fortunata’s self-esteem is further tested by the draining and discouraging characters in her life, like her friend and future business partner, tattoo artist Chicano (Alessandro Borghi), who struggles with drug addiction while
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Franca: Chaos & Creation (Franca: Chaos & Creation)

Wed, Nov 8, 2017 3:45 PM (80 min)
Screened to great acclaim at the Venice Film Festival, Franca: Chaos and Creation is a documentary tribute to Franca Sozzani, the late, groundbreaking editor of Italian Vogue. Her son, director Francesco Carrozzini, creates an intimate portrait of his iconoclastic mother, who died in December 2016, and was a trailblazer in the fashion world. Sozzani was known for her willingness to embrace new styles, championing models of color, and for giving photographers creative control. She was also committed to exploring taboo subjects, in order to shake up the status quo and redefine the concept of beauty. From the ridiculous to the sublime, her astonishing and sometimes controversial magazine covers often broke the rules and set the bar high for fashion. At the time of her death, Matthew Schneier of the New York Times wrote, “Franca Sozzani, under whose 28-year direction Italian Vogue reigned as a daring and often impious iconoclast ... nurtured the careers of those who would become the most i
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Friends by Chance (Tutto quello che vuoi)

Sun, Nov 12, 2017 3:45 PM (106 min)
A cocky, hot-headed 22-year-old troublemaker and an elderly poet living with Alzheimer’s form an unlikely kinship in this delightful coming-of-age story. In the streets of Rome, hot-headed young layabout Alessandro (newcomer Andrea Carpenzano) piddles away time with his friends gambling, getting into fights, and spending nights in jail. Fed up with his misbehavior, Alessandro’s father demands he take a job caregiving for bard and WWII veteran Giorgio
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Husband & Wife (Moglie e marito)

Thu, Nov 9, 2017 4:15 PM (100 min)
Simone Godano makes an ambitious, auspicious directorial debut with this witty and surprising comedy about a married couple in crisis. Immersed in their respective careers, a conceited neurosurgeon and an ambitious TV personality have run out of empathy after 10 years. When Sofie (Kasia Smutniak) reluctantly agrees to help Andrea (two-time David di Donatello Award-winner Pierfrancesco Flavin) with a late-night brain-research experiment, a shocking event transpires: They switch bodies. The comic possibilities are endless, but this radical and unintentional couples’ therapy proves highly effective. There’s nothing like walking a mile in your spouse’s high heels—or conducting an interview on live television or wielding a scalpel in an operating
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Indivisible (Indivisibili)

Sat, Nov 11, 2017 6:15 PM (104 min)
Daisy and Viola (Marianna and Angela Fontana) are beautiful conjoined twins with heavenly singing voices, who are on the verge of discovering their freedom and sexuality. The sisters can’t wait to turn 18 and follow their dreams, rather than continue their current existence as a lucrative religious sideshow attraction. Their deadbeat parents, Peppe (Massimiliano Rossi) and Titti (Antonia Truppo), book them in folk festivals in every small town south of Naples, but the siblings just want to be normal. Viola loves coffee, but Daisy hates caffeine and the effect it has on her every time Viola drinks it. Viola wants them to have surgery to separate so she can make love with a man, while Daisy might just be willing to wear headphones and look away
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No Country for the Young (Non è un paese per giovani)

Sat, Nov 11, 2017 8:45 PM (105 min)
Sandro (Filippo Scicchitano) is barely 20. Sweet-tempered, sometimes insecure, his secret ambition is to become a writer. In contrast, Luciano (Giovanni Anzaldo) is courageous and brilliant, but with a mysterious dark side. They meet over the tables of the restaurant where they are both waiters. Like many of their contemporaries, the new friends feel that they have no future. Guided by instinct, and on a wave of euphoric recklessness, they decide to seek out a better future for themselves in Cuba, the new frontier of hope where anything is possible. The plan is to open an Italian restaurant that offers its patrons Wi-
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On the Trail of My Father (La Pelle dell'Orso)

Fri, Nov 10, 2017 6:30 PM (92 min)
From the opening shots of a procession through a mountain town, we enter into a lush, gorgeous landscape in the Italian Dolomites. Fourteen-year-old Domenico (Leonardo Mason) lives in the village with his father, aunt, and uncle. He’s at that age where he observes everything and carefully reads the expressions of his family and community, a tight-knit group of people with striking, craggy faces that match the cliffs of the surrounding mountains. Set in the 1950s, the narrative focuses on “the devil,” an enormous bear that terrorizes the inhabitants of the region, killing their precious livestock.
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Pure Hearts (Cuori puri)

Fri, Nov 10, 2017 4:00 PM (114 min)
Agnese (Selena Caramazza) and Stefano (Simone Liberati) are like night and day. Eighteen-year old Agnese is about to take a vow of chastity. The daughter of a devout woman, Agnese goes to church regularly and decides to maintain her virginity until marriage. Stefano, on the other hand, is a streetwise 25-year-old with a violent temper and a difficult past. He works as a guard in a car park that borders a gypsy camp on the outskirts of Rome. Their unexpected meeting engenders deep feelings, made of stolen moments and some serious chemistry. In addition to being a love story with two magnetic leads, Roberto De Paolis’ first feature quietly raises the issue of the relationship between Italy and its Roma population. Stefano views the world and his Roma neighbors with suspicion. Agnese embraces the tenet of loving one’s neighbor, but she also questions some of the realities of the Church
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The Stuff of Dreams (La stoffa dei sogni)

Wed, Nov 8, 2017 6:30 PM (101 min)
A fateful shipwreck casts a group of convicted Camorra criminals and a handful of itinerant actors on a prison-island, where the embittered warden (Ennio Fantastichini) lives with his young daughter Miranda (Alba Gaïa Bellugi). When the gangsters infiltrate the theatrical troupe, the warden commands Campese (Sergio Rubini), the head of the company, to stage a performance of Shakespeare’s The Tempest in a bid to distinguish the thespians from the miscreants. Director Gianfranco Cabiddu creates an intriguing comedy that mirrors the plot of The Tempest and transports the audience and the prisoners via the magic of theater. Amidst a stunning, pristine landscape evocative of Mediterranean colors and scents, a simple stage offers the performers
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There Is a Light (Il padre d'Italia)

Thu, Nov 9, 2017 6:30 PM (93 min)
Issues of sexuality, parenting, and commitment take center stage in Fabio Mollo's sensitive and sensual romantic drama. Paolo (THE GREAT BEAUTY's Luca Marinelli) is a rootless gay man living in Turin; his eight-year relationship with Vittorio has just ended and his mundane job brings him little joy. Enter Mia (Isabella Ragonese from PURPLE SEA), a free-spirited (and pregnant) wild child, who he meets in the most unlikely of places and promptly passes out in front of him. The next morning, she begs Paolo for a ride to see her boyfriend, and as their journey expands into a longer and more personal road trip, the film beautifully details the growing bond between the two. With Mia similarly at loose ends—she doesn't quite know who her fathered her baby
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