San Francisco Film Society Presents the 2011 New Italian Cinema Festival – Nov 13-20 at Embarcadero Ctr. Cinema

It’s back! It’s New Italian Cinema from the SFFS.



“November 13–20, 2011
Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema

Celebrating 15 years in San Francisco, New Italian Cinema 2011 offers Opening and Closing Night presentations with work by prominent Italian directors. A three-film tribute to Daniele Luchetti will open the Festival, followed by seven features by up-and-coming directors in the City of Florence competition. The films in this year’s program investigate topics including corporate malfeasance, office politics, rural life and war, as experienced by Italians from every walk of life. Closing Night offers the latest by one of Italy’s most respected filmmakers, Nanni Moretti’s Habemus Papam. A festive Closing Night reception at a nearby restaurantwill finish out the festival.

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Anyway, here are two of the Italian films they have coming up and the rest you can see after the jump.

Ci vediamo al teatro! Perche no?

A Quiet Life

Claudio Cupellini
Buried secrets and a criminal past lead the proprietor of a swank hotel in Germany to desperate acts in this powerful drama from the director of Lessons in Chocolate (NIC 2008). When Diego and Eduardo, two young hotheads visiting from Italy on shady business, arrive at Rosario’s establishment, it is soon evident that they want more from him than just a place to lie low. The motivations behind their visit become increasingly fraught on all sides until the hotelier is forced to protect the new life he’s built—at all costs.  Read more…

Sunday, November 13, 1:00 pm; Friday, November 18, 6:30 pm 

Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas

The First Assignment

Giorgia Cecere
In 1950s Puglia, headstrong young Nena is sent to a mountain village many miles away for her first teacher placement. Unhappily leaving her wealthy boyfriend behind, she faces a scruffy set of undereducated pupils and a group of locals suspicious of outsiders. With a style that tells the story visually rather than verbally, this is a moving portrait of an independent woman attempting to overcome the restrictions places against her.  Read more…

Sunday November 13, 3:45 pm; Saturday November 19, 6:30 pm 

Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas

Our Life

Daniele Luchetti
OPENING NIGHT A construction worker, married with two kids, faces a devastating blow in this powerful character portrait. Desperately needing money to support his family, the genial, if casually xenophobic, Claudio (Elio Germano, in a performance that won him the Best Actor prize at Cannes) manipulates his boss for a promotion and borrows money from a loan shark to finance his own project. Luchetti deftly details the complications and disasters of Claudio’s life while also offering a compelling social critique. Read more…

Sunday November 13, 6:30 pm; Sunday November 13, 9:30 pm 

Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas

It’s Happening Tomorrow

Daniele Luchetti
LUCHETTI TRIBUTE In the director’s own words, “It’s Happening Tomorrow is a fable from the Maremma region of Tuscany and a philosophical Western. I tried in my first film to find an as-yet-unseen setting for Italian cinema, an original story and, in some cases, new actors; but above all a new spirit: characters treated not with the traditional cynicism, but with affection that is given to all the figures in the story without discrimination, with realism tempered by irony and by a sense of wonder.”  Read more…

Monday November 14, 6:30 pm 

Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas

Ginger and Cinnamon

Daniele Luchetti
LUCHETTI TRIBUTE Stefania is a slightly neurotic thirtysomething who has just broken up with her boyfriend. When her precocious 14-year-old niece Martina shows up on her doorstep begging to go on a virginity-losing vacation, the Greek island of Ios seems just the ticket for them both. Little do they know that Stefania’s ex, Andrea, is also headed to the same idyllic getaway for a summer job. Ginger and Cinnamon offers all the ingredients necessary for a piquant cinematic treat. Read more…

Monday November 14, 9:00 pm 

Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas

20 Cigarettes

Aureliano Amadei
A young political activist and aspiring documentarian is confronted by the realities of armed conflict in this intense autobiographical film. Though against the Iraq war, 28-year-old Aureliano agrees to serve as assistant director for a documentary about Italy’s role in the country. Upon arriving, the most pressing need seems to be finding a place to smoke, but when a tour through a nearby town results in bloodshed and loss, the young cameraman must confront his own culpability in the war machine. 20 Cigarettes is powerful and impassioned filmmaking.  Read more…

Tuesday, November 15, 6:30 pm; Friday, November 18, 9:30 pm 

Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas

One Life, Maybe Two

Alessandro Aronadio
Young, semi-slacker Matteo is at the point in life where a number of options and life pathways remain open. Rushing to the hospital with an injured friend one night, he accidentally rear-ends a police car. But what if he hadn’t? Playing with weighty issues of fate and destiny and the violent impulse, this imaginative film dramatizes the different circumstances for its protagonist as determined by a pivotal moment. Read more…
Tuesday, November 15, 9:15 pm;
Saturday November 19, 4:00 pm 

Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas

The Jewel

Andrea Molaioli
In 1992, dairy company Leda decides it needs to diversify. CFO Ernesto Botta (Toni Servillo) suggests going public in order to raise cash, but mismanagement, backroom dealings and widespread financial finagling lead to disaster. With a wide range of hooded glances and a particular rhythm of speech, Servillo inhabits yet another character unable to extricate himself from a devastating predicament.  Read more…

Wednesday November 16, 6:30 pm Saturday November 19, 1:00 pm 

Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas

This World Is for You

Francesco Falaschi
Amiable Matteo faces impending oral exams, an ill father and a girlfriend going abroad to study wine. His friends are equally at loose ends—one contemplates the seminary while another goes to rehab. Amid these challenges and circumstances, Matteo is conflicted between pursuing pragmatic employment or fulfilling his dream to establish a floating movie palace for cinephiles.  Read more…

Wednesday November 16, 9:15 pm; Sunday November 20, 3:30 pm 

Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas

The Father and the Foreigner

Ricky Tognazzi
Two men from different backgrounds who both have disabled children meet and bond in this constantly surprising dramatic thriller. Diego (Alessandro Gassman from Steam) is a businessman who uses work excuses to distance himself from his handicapped son, while Walid (Amr Waked) is a mysterious Syrian who lavishes affection on his disfigured infant. The connection between the two men shifts and deepens in unexpected ways.  Read more…

Thursday, November 17, 6:30 pm; Sunday, November 20, 12:30 pm 

Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas

Some Say No

Giambattista Avellino
Three friends in different fields band together to fight the system of nepotism that rewards those with the right connections in this lively, Florence-set social satire. From dosing a conference participant with LSD to dognapping, the trio risk their jobs and imprisonment trying to expose the graft that is rife in Italian society. Amusing and trenchant, with an adept and comically gifted cast, the film offers lighthearted hilarity with serious intent. Read more…

Thursday November 17, 9:15 pm; Saturday November 19, 9:30 pm 

Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas

Habemus Papam

Nanni Moretti
CLOSING NIGHT A pope on the lam forms the crux of this charming film about faith, psychiatry and the transformative power of volleyball. At the Vatican it’s time to select a new leader, and the conclave of cardinals selects a surprising choice named Melville. Sending up another powerful institution—the Church—as he did the Italian government in The Caiman, Moretti has crafted a light but resonant social comedy.  Read more…

Sunday November 20, 6:30 pm; Sunday November 20, 9:15 pm 

Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas

Closing Night Party

Celebrate Closing Night of New Italian Cinema after the first screening of Nanni Moretti’s film Habemus Papam. Tickets are available for this exclusive reception at Fior d’Italia, one of America’s oldest Italian restaurants, established in 1886. Join in the celebration of the City of Florence Awards, tasty Northern Italian bites and sponsored beverages provided by Birra Moretti and Siena Imports. Read more…

Sunday, November 20, 9:00–11:00 pm 

Fior d’Italia, 2237 Mason Street (Francisco/Chestnut)

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