Cinema Italian Style 2016 placed the spotlight on the Italian entry to the 2017 Academy Awards® Best Foreign Language Film “Fire At Sea” by Gianfranco Rosi. Berlin International Film Festival Golden Bear winner and IDA Awards finalist, the moving and powerful opening night film documents the massive influx of refugees to the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, and the dedicated rescue actions by Italy over the last two decades.
In a 10 day cinematic marathon, Italian film lovers were immersed in Italian culture, discovering such digitally restored masterpieces as “The Easy Life” by Dino Risi and “Franca: Chaos and Creation,” a biopic directed by fashion icon Franca Sozzani’s son Francesco Carrozzini. Both events were part of the official AFI Fest, as well as World Cinema Masters in Conversation between Gianfranco Rosi and Alberto Barbera, Director of the Venice International Film Festival.
Ten titles, selected by Artistic Curator Laura Delli Colli with American Cinematheque’s Director of Programming Gwen Deglise, were presented as part of the official program of Cinema Italian Style 2016 at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. Films included Ivan Cotroneo’s “One Kiss,” Paolo Genovese’s “Perfect Strangers,” Gabriele Muccino’s “Summertime,” Claudio Giovannesi’s “Fiore,” Paolo Virzì’s “Like Crazy,” Edoardo De Angelis’ “Indivisible,” Gabriele Mainetti’s “They Call Me Jeeg,” Matteo Rovere’s “Italian Race,” Massimiliano Bruno’s “The Last Will Be The Last,” and Stefano Sollima’s “Suburra.”
The series also included short films, selected in collaboration with the Rome Creative Contest Festival. A special culinary-themed presentation featured “When Italy Ate In Black and White – Cinecittario” by Andrea Gropplero di Troppenburg: 20 recipes from the 20 Italian regions in the Post War era; “Harry’s Bar” by Carlotta Cerquetti about the Venetian worldwide famous bar, and the short film “Food For Thought” by Davide Gentile.
Cinema Italian Style, created in 2004 by Gwen Deglise, Dennis Bartok and Camilla Cormanni, is co-presented each year by the American Cinematheque and Luce Cinecittà, under the auspices of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles, the Italian Trade Agency and the Italian Cultural Institute.