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Films are a big part of the Italian cultural experience and are deeply woven in the country’s fabric. Since the development of the Italian film industry in the early 1900s, Italian filmmakers and performers have enjoyed great international acclaim and have influenced film movements throughout the world. As of 2015, Italian films have won 14 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, the most of any country. 

Every year, the ICC presents a series of outstanding contemporary films in our annual Italian Film Festival. We also offer screenings throughout the year in our CineForum series.

Through the lens of drama, comedies and documentaries, our movies broaden the view of Italy and offer a new perspective on the country and its people. Take a journey to Italy without leaving Minnesota.

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Italian Film Festival

The 8th annual IFF will take place February 18th – 21st, 2016 at St. Anthony Main Theater in Minneapolis.



Check events schedule for upcoming films or subscribe to the ICC newsletter "Bollettino," to get the latest information on news and events.

Upcoming events

    • 06 Apr 2017
    • 6:30 PM
    • 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 502, Minneapolis, MN 55403
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    The ICC is pleased to announce a special presentation to be held on Thursday, April 6th, at 6:30 p.m.  Karl Schoonover (Associate Professor of Film and Television Studies, University of Warwick, UK) will present “By Italians, for Italians”: Italo-American Movie Theatres.

    Schoonover will share his research exploring the life of Italian cinema outside of Italy. Many Italian films came to the US during the 1940s and 1950s. Life magazine called it the 'Italian invasion' in a 1952 cover story. Conventional histories of the period tell us that these films were popular mainly in the US on the growing arthouse cinema circuit. Yet Italian films were also shown in special cinemas that were found in Italian neighborhoods and catered to Italian speakers. Schoonover will share a selection of archival findings from these theatres. Most of these documents come from theatres in and around New York City run by pioneering entrepreneurs from the community. There were similar theatres in Chicago, New Orleans, Providence, and Philadelphia. The documents he’ll share reveal a mixing of languages and ways of addressing audiences that reflected the Italian presence in America. They also raise questions about the role of cultural identity in American cinema. At a moment of upheaval and uncertainty for Italian-American communities, which were dealing with the impact of the second red scare while still reeling from wartime shame and the threat of internment as 'enemy aliens', these theatres attempted to foster a transregional Italian-ness. They were key to the Italian immigrant sense of cultural heritage, to language preservation, and to education. They responded in both direct and subtle ways to the pressures faced by working-class Italians in this period, helping them to negotiate their newfound lives and its challenges.  


    Date: Thursday, April 6
    Time: 6:30 p.m. (light refreshments and wine will be served; presentation will start at 7:00 p.m.)
    Place: 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 502
    Cost: $20 Members, $30 Non-Members

    Register here, and contact Tiziana at with questions.

    All cancellations must be received at least 72 hours in advance to receive a refund less an administrative fee.

Past events

14 Feb 2016 Cineforum Series: Film “Matrimonio all’italiana” (Marriage Italian Style)
05 Oct 2015 RED DESERT (1964) A film by Italian Director Michelangelo Antonioni
22 May 2015 Eurochannel Short Films Tour
24 Apr 2015 EN15 U of M Film, "Refugees in Cinecitta"- Friday, April 24
01 Mar 2015 The Mafia Only Kills in Summer (La mafia uccide solo d'estate)
01 Mar 2015 Love in the City (L’amore in città)
01 Mar 2015 Italy in a Day (Un giorno da italiani)
28 Feb 2015 South Is Nothing (Il Sud è niente)
28 Feb 2015 Off Road (Fuoristrada)
28 Feb 2015 Zoran, My Nephew the Idiot (Zoran, il mio nipote scemo)
27 Feb 2015 Inside Buffalo
27 Feb 2015 The Art of Happiness (L'Arte della Felicità)
26 Feb 2015 I Can Quit Whenever I Want (Smetto Quando Voglio)
26 Feb 2015 VIP Pass - Includes all films and opening night party
26 Feb 2015 Opening Night Party plus film ticket
24 Oct 2014 FREE Screening – Men of the Cloth – Friday, October 24
07 Oct 2014 EF14 NEW! MEMBER ONLY Appreciation Movie Night! - Tuesday Evening, October 7
08 Mar 2014 Il restauro dei luoghi Verdiani - da Roncole a Sant'Agata passando per Busseto (Restoring Verdi's Places - from Roncole to Sant'Agata via Busseto)
07 Apr 2013 È stato il figlio (It was the son) tickets and sponsorship
07 Apr 2013 La kryptonite nella borsa (Kryptonite!) tickets and sponsorship
06 Apr 2013 Io sono Li (Shun Li and the Poet) tickets and sponsorship
06 Apr 2013 L'estate di Giacomo (Summer of Giacomo) tickets and sponsorship
06 Apr 2013 Un giorno speciale (A Special Day) tickets and sponsorship
05 Apr 2013 Terraferma (Dry Land) tickets and sponsorship
04 Apr 2013 Polvere -Il grande processo dell'amianto (Dust-The Great Asbestos Trial) tickets and sponsorship
04 Apr 2013 Italian Film Festival 2013
22 Feb 2013 CineForum 2013: Blow Up
25 Jan 2013 CineForum 2013: Il deserto rosso
25 May 2012 CineForum 2012: Mio fratello è figlio unico (My Brother Is an Only Child)
30 Mar 2012 Italian Film Festival 2012
10 Jun 2011 La Doppia Ora at Edina Theater
05 Mar 2011 Fundraiser for Italian Film Festival 2011
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