The Italian Film Festival USA is organized by the Italian Film Festival of St. Louis, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating audiences about Italy by promoting films that might not otherwise see release in the United States. From March 26th through April 18th, the event – which will take place at 11 cities nationwide – will kick off at the University of Pittsburgh and feature seven works that display the range and vitality of contemporary Italian filmmaking. See festival schedule and details below:
The Mafia Kills Only in Summer (La mafia uccide solo d’estate)
The story of Arturo’s attempt to win the heart of his beloved Flora plays out during Sicily’s most tragic events from the 1970s to the 1990s. At this screening, Fabio Troisi, director of the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, will officially open the festival. The Mafia Kills Only in Summer (La mafia uccide solo d’estate) will screen at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall.
Remember Me? (Ti ricordi di me?)
Roberto, a kleptomaniac and author of scary fairy tales, and Bea, an elementary school teacher who suffers from narcolepsy and unpredictable memory losses, meet in front of their therapist’s office. A determined and comedic courtship begins between the two. Remember Me? (Ti ricordi di me?) will screen in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.
Gold Will Set You Free (Oro Macht Frei)
The documentary tells the story of the Roman Jewish experience during the Nazi occupation of Rome from September 1943 to June 1944. It weaves the testimony of nine Roman Jews together with historical research. Gold Will Set You Free (Oro Macht Frei) will screen at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.
The Referee (L’Arbitro)
A young emigrant, Matzutzi, returns to his hometown to resurrect the worst soccer team in the Sardinian bush league, the Atletico Pabarile, which has been beaten every year by a team from nearby Montecrastu. The story of the two teams alternates with that of Cruciani, a professional referee whose ambitions are to rise to the international level. Director Paolo Zucca will attend the screening, and Giuseppina Mecchia, Pitt associate professor of French and Italian and director of graduate studies in French, will introduce the film and conduct a Q&A session. The Referee (L’Arbitro) will screen at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.
Like The Wind (Come il vento)
The story of Armida Miserere, one of the first women prison wardens, who is called upon during her career to oversee the most dangerous prisons in Italy. She is haunted by the murder of her fiancé and condemned to search for justice and love in the penitentiary system. Like The Wind (Come il vento) will screen at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.
Quiet Bliss (In grazia di Dio)
The story of four women in a small town in Salento, at the tip of the heel of Italy, during the economic crisis. The failure of the family business and resulting repossession of their home seem to destroy everything, including family bonds. The only way to survive is for the women to move to the country and farm the land. Quiet Bliss (In grazia di Dio) will screen in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.
Song of Napoli (Song‘e Napule)
Paco is a refined but unemployed pianist. His mother gets him a job with the police, but his complete ineptitude relegates him to a judiciary warehouse. Then one day, the police commissioner arrives and needs a pianist to infiltrate a band that will perform at the wedding of the daughter of the mafia boss of Somma Vesuviana. Paco must risk his life in the line of duty. Song of Napoli (Song‘e Napule) will screen in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.
Festival attendees can partake in an audience competition by rating films on a scale of one to five stars. Ballots collected from all screenings on the national tour will determine which selection will win the Best Film Award. All films will include English subtitles when necessary. All screenings are free and open to the public.