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Festa of Italian Films

The annual “Festa of Italian Films,” sponsored by the Italian Cultural Society of Sacramento, will present six award-winning feature films from Italy during its 2013-2014 season.

The films, all in Italian with English subtitles, will be shown Friday evenings at the Italian Center, 6821 Fair Oaks Blvd., Carmichael, between Sept. 20, 2013, and May 16, 2014. Admission to each is $10; refreshments included.

The schedule follows:

"Immaturi" ("The Immature") – Twenty years after members of a high school band think they graduated, they learn that because of a clerical error they really did not, and that they must re-take a final exam. The ensuing reunion produces much laughter as they become reacquainted and cram for the test while learning that none of them are the persons they were decades ago. The 2011 film is directed by Paolo Genovese and stars Anita Caprioli, Ambra Angiolini, Raoul Bova, Barbora Bobulova. ”Immaturi” will be shown at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, 2013.

"Quando la notte" ("When the Night") – This 2011 feature contains a riveting performance by Claudia Pandolfi as a single mother caring for a difficult child and her relationship with a woman-distrusting man (Filippo Timi) who aids her when her child has an accident. Although no romance develops immediately, when she returns to the area years later one does. The British Film Institute called “Quando la notte” “a tour de force adult melodrama” whose Alpine location is “a starkly beautiful but wild and dangerous backdrop that is a notable feature of the film’s atmosphere.” It is directed by Cristina Comencini, whose 2005 film, “La bestia nel cuore” (“The Beast in the Heart”), was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. “Quando la notte” will be shown at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2013.

"Benvenuti al sud" ("Welcome to the South") – Italy’s industrial north and agricultural south have historically had a love-hate relationship with each other. This 2010 film, directed by Luca Miniero, explores that relationship through the eyes of a northern Italian businessman (played by Claudio Bisio) who is transferred to south, first to his dismay, later to his delight. There is much laughter along the way as mutual prejudices are eviscerated. “Benvenuti al sud” will be shown at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.

"Benvenuti al nord" ("Welcome to the North") – Director Luca Miniero conducts another humorous romp through Italy’s north-south split, only this time with a southerner (played by Alessandro Siani) being transferred to the north. The 2012 film is a mirror image of “Benvenuti al sud.” It will be shown at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.

"Ricordati di me" ("Remember Me, My Love") – This 2003 film, directed by Gabriele Muccino, is a poignant tale about a seemingly normal middle-class Italian family that slowly becomes more and more dysfunctional. The spouses (played by Fabrizio Bentivoglio and Laura Morante) are falling out of love while their son (Silvio Muccino) and daughter (Nicoletta Romanoff) are having difficulties with drugs and sex. “Ricordati di me” will be shown at 8 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2014.

"Happy Family" – In this 2010 fantasy/farce Academy award-winning director Gabriele Salvatores (“Mediterraneo”) develops a colorful comedy around a writer (played by Fabio De Luigi) who is locked in his apartment trying to write a story about two very different families. Pirandello-like, the characters of his story come to life and tell him how the plot should go. “Happy Family” will be shown at 8 p.m. Friday, May 16, 2014.

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