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The Film Programs of the American Cinematheque are presented at the newly re-opened and renovated Aero Theatre at 1328 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica and at the magnificently renovated, historic 1922 Grauman's Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. Located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.
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<<< November 10 - 15, 2009 >>>

Cinema Italian Style 2009


Opening Night of this series will take place at the Egyptian this Month! See BAARIA the Official Italian Oscar Submission.

Co-presented with Cinecittà Luce

Supported by the Italian Ministry of Culture, Film Department, and the Italian Film Commission, a division of the Italian Trade Commission, under the auspices of the Consul General of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, with the generous contribution of Regione Sicilia; Cinesicilia; Apulia Film Commission; Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia; Sensi Contemporanei; Fay; Woolrich, Acqua di Parma and E.L.M.A. (European Languages and Movies in America).


Join us at the Egyptian and Aero for our annual celebration of Italian cinema, which once again is packed with exciting U.S. premieres. The series will open with Italy's official selection for the Oscars, BAARIA, from CINEMA PARADISO director Giuseppe Tornatore. We also have new masterpieces by some of Italy's major directors, including Michele Placido (THE BIG DREAM) and Marco Bellochio (WIN!), and a documentary about Vittorio de Sica, one of the country's most beloved film artists (VITTORIO D). With romantic comedies (THE BRAVE MEN), true-life sagas (FOCACCIA BLUES), searing dramas (THE SICILIAN GIRL) and moving explorations of contemporary relationships (DAVID'S BIRTHDAY, GIULIA DOESN'T DATE AT NIGHT, MATTER OF HEART), there's something here for everyone!

We are thrilled to welcome directors Giuseppe Tornator, Marco Bellocchio, Marco Amenta, Nico Cirasola. and actors Margareth Madé, Francesco Scianna and Beppe Fiorello.


Wednesday, November 11 - 7:30 PM
Double Feature - Los Angeles Premiere! THE BRAVE MEN (I GALANTUOMINI), 2008, Prod: Acaba Film/Rai Cinema, Intl Sales: Coach 14 100 min. Dir. Edoardo Winspeare. Prod:
Acaba Film/Rai Cinema, Dir. Edoardo Winspeare.   Ignazio (Fabrizio Gifuni) and Lucia (Donatella Finocchiaro) were best friends growing up in Salento, in the "heel" of Italy's boot. Ignazio leaves home to attend law school and goes on to a career as a judge. Back home, Ignazio becomes reacquainted with Lucia. The old friends fall in love, but soon discover they've gone through serious life changes in this blend of drama and romantic comedy. Trailer | Official Website

Los Angeles Premiere! FREEDOM (TUTTA COLPA DI GIUDA), 2009, Prod: Rossofuoco, Intl Sales:Adriana Chiesa Ent 99 min. Dir. Davide Ferrario. Young theater director Irena (Kasia Smutniak) comes to a Turin prison to develop a performance piece with the convicts. She is forced to tackle Christ's Passion as her subject. Irena hits a brick wall when none of the prisoners will play Judas. So she develops another idea: present the Jesus story but without a traitor, and without the sacrifice. "Brimming with unforced energy and plenty of humor, 'It's All Judas' Fault' is equal parts jailhouse jukebox and religious riff."Variety. THE BRAVE MEN actor Beppe Fiorello will not be in attendance as was originally announced.

Trailer | Official Website


Thursday, November 12 - 7:30 PM
Double Feature - Los Angeles Premiere! THE SICILIAN GIRL (LA SICILIANA RIBELLE), 2009, Prod: R&C Produzioni and EuroFilm, Distributed by Roissy Film, 115 min. Dir. Marco Amenta. Freely derived from actual events, the film follows 17-year-old Rita (Veronica D'Agostino), who is driven to betray her Mafia-connected family. Seeking the truth behind her father's and brother's assassinations, she's rejected by everyone in her Sicilian town and forced into hiding in Rome. Nominated for a Best New Director award at Italy's 2009 David di Donatello Awards. Trailer | Official Website

 Los Angeles Premiere! FOCACCIA BLUES, 2009, Bunker Lab, 78 min. Dir. Nico Cirasola. Based on actual events in Altamura, where the opening of a huge McDonald's piques the interest of the townspeople. Luca Digesu, owner of a little place right next to the American interloper, decides to open a small bakery to produce his specialty: focaccia. Surprisingly, the Altamurian baker becomes a thorn in the side of the fast food giant. Discussion in between films with directors Marco Amenta (THE SICILAIN GIRL), Nico Cirasola (FOCACCIA BLUES) and actress Veronica D’Agostino (THE SICILAIN GIRL). Trailer | Official Website


Friday, November 13 - 7:30 PM
Double Feature - Los Angeles Premiere! DAVID'S BIRTHDAY (IL COMPLEANNO), Prod and Intl Distr: Zen Zero,2009, 106 min. Dir. Marco Filiberti. A group of friends rent a beautiful summer house on the beach, but their idyll is disrupted by the arrival of David (Thyago Alves). David's presence disturbs Matteo (Massimo Poggio), a married psychologist; David's solitary, enigmatic uncle is the only one who seems to understand what's going on. With Alessandro Gassman. Trailer | Official Website

Los Angeles Premiere! MATTER OF HEART (QUESTIONE DI CUORE), 2009, Prod. Cattleya and Rai Cinema, Intl sales: SND Group M6 104 min. Dir. Marco Filiberto. Two men with virtually nothing in common become close friends while dealing with matters of life and death in their hospital room, in this comedy-drama from Italian director Francesca Archibugi. A beautiful story of friendship and life's lessons, laced with a spirit of Italian humor and love. The Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists nominated this movie for five awards, including Best Director, Screenplay and Actor. Discussion in between films with director Marco Filiberto. Trailer | Details


Saturday, November 14 - 5:00 PM
(HOLLYWOOD SUL TEVERE), 2009, Prod : Cinecittà Luce and Studio Universal Intl Distr: Cinecittà Luce, 70 min. Dir. Marco Spagnoli. Twenty years of the history of world cinema are told through images from the Cinecittà Luce archives. Parties, premieres, awards and scandals form the core of this documentary focusing on the era when Rome was a film capital to rival Hollywood. Stunning black-and-white photography distinguishes this superb documentary, which features Louis Armstrong, Lauren Bacall, Marlon Brando, Frank Capra, Brigitte Bardot, Ingmar Bergman, Humphrey Bogart and many other cinema luminaries. Details


Saturday, November 14 - 7:30 PM
(GIULIA NON ESCE LA SERA),This film will not show as part of the series. The BIG DREAM will screen at 7:30 PM as a single feature with the short:

U.S. Premiere! 15 SECONDS (15 SECONS) 2008, Prod: Sanmarco. 11 min. Dir: Gianluca Petrazzi. Cast: Jane Alexander, Raul Bova.15 Seconds is a short against the death penalty seen through the eyes of witnesses to an execution. The film was presented to the European Parliament during the "European Day against the Death Penalty".

Los Angeles Premiere! THE BIG DREAM (IL GRANDE SOGNO), Prod: Taodue Film, Babe Film, Medusa Intl sales: Film Distribution 101 min. Dir. Michele Placido. The place is Italy, the year is 1968. Strong emotions are aroused when Laura (Jasmine Trinca) has to choose between two men, a policeman (Riccardo Scamarcio) and a leader of the leftist student movement (Luca Argentero). Trailer | Details


Sunday, November 15 - 5:00 PM
Los Angeles Premiere! VITTORIO D, 2009,
Prod: Surf Film and LA7, 92 min. Dir. Mario Canale and Annarosa Morri. Intl sales: Surf Film, Dirs. Mario Canale and Annarosa Morri. Seventy years after his first film and 35 years after his death, Vittorio De Sica's name still resonates as one of the greatest director and actor of Italian cinema. This poignant documentary portrays the master of Italian neorealism in a wholesome, funny and enlightening way. The film includes interviews with De Sica's children and many directors and actors, such as Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine, Woody Allen, John Landis, Ken Loach, Paul Mazursky and Dino De Laurentiis. Trailer

Sunday, November 15 - 7:30 PM
Los Angeles Premiere! WIN! (VINCERE), 2009, Prod. Rai Cinema, Offside, Celluloid Dreams; Distr: IFC, 128 min. Dir. Marco Bellocchio. This offbeat historical drama rests on a little-known event, rarely mentioned in history books (and reportedly undisclosed for more than half a century): Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini (Filippo Timi) conceived an illegitimate son with a woman named Ida Dalser (Giovanna Mezzogiorno). The director of FISTS IN THE POCKET proves to be as fiery as ever in his depiction of Dalser's long, passionate struggle for recognition. Discussion following with director Marco Bellocchio and actress Giovanna Mezzogiorno. Trailer | Details