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    • 26 Feb 2015
    • 6:30 PM
    • 01 Mar 2015
    • St. Anthony Main Theater
    • 20


    Opening Night is scheduled for Thursday, February 26 at St. Anthony Main Theater (115 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, MN 55414).


    The evening will begin at 6:30 pm with a party overlooking the Mississippi and the Stone Arch Bridge in Aster Café’s River Room (125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, MN 55414, see map below). Guests are invited to enjoy appetizers and wine while bidding on unique items at an auction hosted by WCCO news anchor Frank Vascellaro. At 8:30 pm the Italian films begin with a screening of Smetto Quando Voglio (I Can Quit Whenever I Want), a charming comedy feature directed by Sydney Sibilia. Celebrate the start to a weekend of contemporary and classic Italian cinema!

    • 27 Feb 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • St. Anthony Main Theater
    • 193

    The Art of Happiness (L'Arte della Felicità)

    Animated feature / drama, 2013, 82 mins
    Director: Alessandro Rak

    Be prepared to be mesmerized by this beautifully animated feature, described as “smart and imaginative” by the Hollywood Reporter.

    The Art of Happiness is the story of two brothers connected across physical and spiritual distance. In Naples, Sergio, a taxi driver and former jazz player, receives shocking news that changes everything. He plunges into the depths of his own consciousness, reflecting on the past and future. Passengers pile in and out, as Sergio drives through the storm raging in his mind and outside his cab. As the rain subsides, it reveals a stunning sky that proves it is still possible to live -- and love -- after the end of time. Spectacular animation with a mesmerizing soundtrack by Antonio Fresa and Luigi Scialdone.

    Cast: Leandro Amato, Nando Paone, Riccardo Polizzy Carbonelli, Renato Carpentieri, Jun Ichikawa, Lucio Allocca, Patrizia Di Martino

    Awards:
    2014, Best Animated Film, 27th Annual European Film Awards
    2014, Beautiful and Invisible Award, Golden Ciak Awards
    2013, Young Cinema Award and FEDIC Special Mention, Venice Film Festival
    2013, Best Debut Feature Film, Raindance Film Festival

    • 27 Feb 2015
    • 9:15 PM
    • St. Anthony Main Theater
    • 205

    Inside Buffalo

    Documentary, 2010, 59 minutes
    Director: Fred Kudjo Kuwornu (Q&A with director)

    For Italians who lived through World War II, the story of the Buffalo Soldiers from the 92nd Infantry Division is one of true American heroism. Inside Buffalo uses archival footage, historical re-enactments, and individual interviews to portray the first African American combat unit to fight in World War II. These soldiers sacrificed their lives to ensure civil rights for future generations, yet struggled with allegiance to their own country, which denied them freedom and opportunity. In his documentary, Fred Kuwornu celebrates the generosity of these remarkable soldiers, representing two wars at once: one against European totalitarianism, the other against U.S. racial discrimination.

    Cast: Howard Fletcher, Joe Hairston, James McBride, Joe Stephenson, Spann Watson

    Awards:
    2011, Best Documentary, Black Berlin International Cinema Festival

    • 28 Feb 2015
    • 4:30 PM
    • St. Anthony Main Theater
    • 173

    Zoran, My Nephew the Idiot (Zoran, il mio nipote scemo)

    Italian-style comedy, 2013, 106 minutes
    Director: Matteo Oleotto

    This dark comedy depicts Pablo, a single, 40-something with a dead-end job and drinking habit who is lured to his late aunt’s estate by the promise of an inheritance. Instead, he receives a porcelain dog and his nerdy nephew, Zoran. At first annoyed by his new parental role, Pablo’s feelings change as he discovers Zoran’s talent for throwing darts. Hoping to cash in on his nephew’s skill, Pablo puts Zoran to work hustling locals. A charming story set amidst the picturesque vineyards of the Friuli region near the border with Slovenia. Zoran’s witty humor is accompanied by regional song and large quantities of local wine.

    Cast: Giuseppe Battiston, Teco Celio, Rok Prasnikar

    Awards:
    2014, Best Debut Film, Italian Golden Globes
    2013, Winner International Critics’ Week Audience Award, Schermi di Qualità Prize, FEDIC Award, Venice Film Festival

    • 28 Feb 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • St. Anthony Main Theater
    • 194

    Off Road (Fuoristrada)

    Documentary, 2013, 70 minutes
    Director: Elisa Amoruso

    Cast: Giuseppe Della Pelle, Marioara Dadiloveanu, Daniele Aciobanidei

    Screening to thunderous applause at the 2013 Rome Film Festival, this documentary recounts the love story of Beatrice and Marianna. Formerly Pino, Beatrice is a transgender female mechanic and ex-rally champion who owns a busy car repair shop in a Roman suburb. The film depicts Beatrice and Romanian wife Marianna’s constant negotiation with social conventions. They share their home with Marianna’s daughter Daniele, who now refers to Beatrice as “Dad,” and Beatrice’s mother, who has learned to accept her changing country and family. Director Elisa Amoruso’s debut feature avoids the rhetoric of sexual discrimination in this sensitive and poetic tale of acceptance.

    Awards:
    Rome Film Festival 2013: Winner, Special Recognition Prize
    International Film Festival of Guadalajara 2014: Maguey Award


    • 28 Feb 2015
    • 8:45 PM
    • St. Anthony Main Theater
    • 188

    South Is Nothing (Il Sud è niente)

    Drama, 2013, 90 minutes
    Director: Fabio Mollo

    Cast: Miriam Karlkvist, Vinicio Marchioni, Valentina Lodovini, Andrea Bellisario

    In this stunning cinematic debut, young talent Fabio Mollo’s film is a beautiful coming-of-age story. Set in a small town on the coast of Calabria, 17 year-old Grazia is finishing school and working in her father Cristiano’s fish shop, which is threatened by the local economy. However, as she searches for answers about her brother’s mysterious disappearance, Grazia fights to shatter the code of silence governing life in her village, her family, and herself. Collecting applause from Toronto to Berlin, South is Nothing has situated Mollo as one of the most innovative voices in new art cinema.

    Rome Film Festival 2013: Winner Best Emerging Producer
    Berlin Film Festival 2014: Nominated Crystal Bear Generation 14Plus - Best Feature Film
    Italian Golden Globes 2014: Nominated Best Actress, Best First Feature, Best Original Score

    • 01 Mar 2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • St. Anthony Main Theater
    • 164

    Italy in a Day (Un giorno da italiani), documentary, 2014


    Documentary, 2014, 75 minutes
    Director: Gabriele Salvatores, from an idea by Ridley Scott

    The film that challenged 40,000 Italians to pick up a camera and document their lives on 26 October 2013, Italy in a Day is a diverse and emotional portrait of the myriad lives Italians live. Each participant’s task was to share with the editors their hopes, dreams, and worries from that day in October, and being Italian was the only criterion. From 2,200 hours of footage, Academy Award Winner Salvatores and his team produced this 75-minute film. Italy in a Day shows the beauty, drama, poetry, and comedy of everyday life in the country. As Italy’s first social film, it ought not to be missed!

    • 01 Mar 2015
    • 5:00 PM
    • St. Anthony Main Theater
    • 194

    Love in the City (L’amore in città)

    1953, 105 minutes

    Directors: Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, Carlo Lizzani, Alberto Lattuada, Francesco Maselli, Dino Risi, Cesare Zavattini

    Love in the City is a hidden gem in Italy’s cinema history. A commercial failure on its release, this compilation of short films directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, Cesare Zavattini and three other prominent Italian directors, is of great significance. A precursor to Jean Rouch’s cinéma vérité and American tv reportage from the 1960s, Love in the City documents gender relationships in contemporary Rome. Love in the City is an incredible historical document, which bears witness to the changing social mores of a country transitioning from post-war reconstruction to an economic boom.

    • 01 Mar 2015
    • 7:15 PM
    • St. Anthony Main Theater
    • 168

    The Mafia Only Kills in Summer (La mafia uccide solo d'estate)

    Comedy, 2013, 90 mins
    Director: Pif (Pierfrancesco Diliberto)

    In this critically acclaimed coming-of-age satire, TV star Pierfrancesco Diliberto, known as Pif, recalls his childhood in Sicily. Stunning cinematography and expert lighting transports viewers to the Palermo of the 1970s and early ’80s: a place of beauty and violence, denial and civic courage. The protagonist Arturo fights for the heart of his beloved Flora against the backdrop of a bloody war for Mafia supremacy. An impressive directorial debut, this film combines cinematic competence, good laughs, and heartfelt tears. Current Senate President Pietro Grasso referred to this film as the best film work on Mafia ever made.
    Cast: Cristiana Capotondi, Pif, Alex Bisconti, Ginevra Antona, Claudio Gioè, Barbara Tabita, Rosario Lisma.

    Awards:
    2014, Grand Fiction Prize, Annecy Italian Film Festival
    2014, Best New Director, David di Donatello Awards
    2014, Best European Comedy, European Film Awards
    2014, Best Screenplay, Italian Golden Globes
    2013, Audience Award, Turin Film Festival


    • 20 Sep 2015
    • 04 Oct 2015
    • La Lingua La Vita, Todi, Italy
    • 7
     

    UMBRIA ADVENTURE - 2015!!!

    Do you dream of studying Italian in Italy?  Would you love to visit the city of Todi, and explore the region of Umbria?  Now is the perfect opportunity for you to join fellow travelers at the ICC, study at a well-renowned language school and experience one of the most beautiful regions of Italy!

    For complete details go to our Educational Travel page. The group is limited to 8-10 participants and a non-refundable deposit of $250 per person is required. You can remit your payment via this Paypal link.  

    Please contact Peggy at info@theitalianculturalcenter.org for more information





Past events

26 Feb 2015 I Can Quit Whenever I Want (Smetto Quando Voglio)
26 Feb 2015 Opening Night Party plus film ticket
02 Dec 2014 Italian Ambassador Visit/ Spoken in Italian - Tuesday, December 2, 2014
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)
17 Jun 2013 EN13 Festeggiamo Spring 2013
02 May 2013 ES13 A Concert of Italian Songs and Arias with the University of Minnesota Department of Music
01 May 2013 Euro-American Celebration
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
06 Dec 2012 EN12F Festeggiamo Fall 2012
18 Jun 2012 EN12S Festeggiamo Spring 2012
17 May 2012 Benny The Chef Is Here!
20 Apr 2012 365 Days of A Women Exhibit Private Tour
01 Apr 2012 20 sigarette (20 Cigarettes ) tickets and sponsorship
01 Apr 2012 Into Paradiso (Into Paradise) tickets and sponsorship
01 Apr 2012 Senza arte né parte (Make a Fake) tickets and sponsorship
31 Mar 2012 Mine Vaganti (Loose Cannons) tickets and sponsorship
31 Mar 2012 Fughe e approdi (Return to the Aeolian Islands ) tickets and sponsorship
31 Mar 2012 Una vita tranquilla (A Quiet Life) tickets and sponsorship
30 Mar 2012 Caravaggio Tickets and Sponsorship
30 Mar 2012 Italian Film Festival 2012
21 Feb 2012 Cook With Carmela!!!
30 Nov 2011 Meet Carmela Tursi Hobbins - Author, Chef, Cooking Instructor
14 Nov 2009 Volunteer Fair
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