From April 1st through April 16th, the University of Pittsburgh will once again host Italian Film Festival USA, a traveling event dedicated to promoting new Italian cinema in cities across the country. From the story of an anti-Mafia worker trying to help a farm cooperative to a documentary about Italian emigrants searching for better futures, the seven featured films were chosen to display the range and vitality of contemporary Italian filmmaking. See the festival schedule and details below:
An Italian Name (Il nome del figlio)
The extrovert Paolo and the beautiful Simona are expecting. At a dinner with Betta and Sandro, the refined and literate couple, and Claudio, the eccentric musician, one question will lead to an argument that will shake up the night: the name of Paolo and Simona’s son. An Italian Name (Il nome del figlio) will screen in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.
Mafia and Tomatoes (La nostra terra)
Nicola Sansone is the proprietor of a farm in Southern Italy that is confiscated by the government and assigned to a cooperative. As the cooperative is not successful, Filippo, who works in the anti-Mafia offices in the North, is sent to help. An Italian Name (Il nome del figlio) will screen in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.
Emergency Exit: Young Italians Abroad
Anna, Mauro, Milena, and the others do not know each other, but they all have something in common: they left Italy, transferring abroad and betting on the opportunity for a better future. This documentary reports what the young Italians living abroad do, think and dream, and relays whether they will remain or return and if leaving is really the emergency exit to change their uncertain future. Emergency Exit: Young Italians Abroad will screen in the Cathedral of Learning, Room G24 .
Me, Myself, and Her (Io e lei)
Marina and Federica have lived together for several years, but their love story is now at a crossroads. Just when Marina thinks that they can consider themselves a couple, Federica endures a series of events that causes her to have an identity crisis. Me, Myself, and Her (Io e lei) will screen in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.
The city of Siena, in the heart of Tuscany, is home to the oldest horse race in the world: The Palio. This documentary captures the intensity of the event and the beauty of Siena. It creates a fascinating portrayal of this secular tradition and recounts the dramatic story of a young jockey, Tittia, who, in search of glory, challenges his shrewd mentor, Trecciolino. Palio will screen in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.
Una storia sbagliata (Another South)
Stefania is a nurse from Gela, Sicily, who takes part in a humanitarian mission to Iraq during the second Gulf War. There she finds a world that is much different than what she imagined and heard. For Stefania, it is primarily a trip of self-discovery of her past, love for Roberto, and prior life. Una storia sbagliata (Another South) will screen in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.
I, Harlequin (Io, Arlecchino)
Paolo Milesi, host of a famous television program, is forced to return to his hometown to take care of his father, a well-known actor and interpreter of the Harlequin character. The old wounds of their difficult relationship are reopened, while Paolo slowly rediscovers the fascinating world of the Commedia Dell’Arte—a world that will make him question his own superficial existence. I, Harlequin (Io, Arlecchino) will screen in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium. A closing-night reception in the Frick Fine Arts Cloisters will follow.
Festival attendees will be invited to partake in an audience competition by rating films on a scale of one to five stars. Ballots will be tallied from all screenings on the national tour, and the film with the highest score will receive the Best Film Award. The movies will be shown in their original filming languages with English subtitles when necessary. The screening schedule follows. All screenings are free and open to the public.