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Cinema Italian Style Festival Announces 2012 Lineup; Taviani Brothers’ ‘Caesar Must Die’ to Open

Cinema Italian Style Festival Announces 2012 Lineup; Taviani Brothers' 'Caesar Must Die' to Open

Cinema Italian Style’s 2012 edition of its film festival will be held November 13-18 at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, the Aero Theater in Santa Monica and the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, Luce Cinecitta and the American Cinematheque announced Tuesday. The Taviani brothers’ docu-drama “Caesar Must Die,” which won the Golden Bear in Berlin this year and has been selected as the official Italian entry to the 85th Academy Awards, will open the fest. A comic double feature of Carlo Verdone’s “A Flat for Three” and Roan Johnson’s “The First on the List” will close.

READ MORE: BERLIN REVIEW: Italian Prisoners Do Shakespeare in High-Concept Doc ‘Caesar Must Die’

Other highlights include a celebration of the late producer Carlo Ponti with a screening of “Two Women,” for which Sophia Loren took home an Oscar for Best Actress half a century ago; and the U.S. premiere of Stefano Mordini’s “Steel,” a timely portrait of working-class Italy in the midst of recession that screened at the Venice Film Festival this summer.

Visit Page 2 for the full lineup.   Tuesday November 13 – 7:30 PM

Pre-opening dedicated to Carlo Ponti

TWO WOMEN (LA CIOCIARA), 1960, Surf Film, 100 min. Dir. Vittorio De
Sica. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Oscar® for Best Actress
– the first ever awarded for a non-English-language performance  won
by Sophia Loren. In this movie, she delivers a career-defining
performance as a mother struggling to protect her daughter on a
journey through war-ravaged Italy. This Italian gem – superbly crafted
by neorealist master De Sica – is a devastating and at times shocking
portrait of a family on a quest to escape bomb-battered World War II
Rome. Jean-Paul Belmondo co-stars as Loren’s young, intellectual love
interest. In Italian with English subtitles.

Wednesday, November 14 – 7:00 PM

Opening Night

Italy’s Official Entry Best Foreign Language Film 2013 Academy Award®!
– CAESAR MUST DIE (CESARE DEVE MORIRE), 2012, Adopt Films, 76 min.
Already winner of the top prize at the 2012 Berlin International Film
Festival, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s gritty look at Rome’s
maximum-security Rebibbia prison through the lens of Shakespeare’s
“Julius Caesar” is hard-hitting docudrama at its finest. Real-life
inmates of the penitentiary participate in an emotion-fueled audition
process, and then perform lines from the classic play while behind
bars, donning what bare-bones costumes they can find and enacting the
timeless tale of betrayal and downfall in a recontextualized light
that is at once pertinent, gripping and eye-opening. Official
selection of the 2012 New York Film Festival. In Italian with English
subtitles. The evening begins at 7:00 PM with the Cinema Italian Style
opening ceremony. Feature film will start at 7:30 PM. Discussion
following with directors Paolo and Vittorio Taviani.

Thursday, November 15 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: US Premiere! STEEL (ACCIAIO), 2012, Films
Distribution, 95 min. Up-and-coming Italian actor Michele Riondino
stars as Alessio, who works in the local steel plant of seaside city
Piombino and still pines for his ex-lover (Vittoria Puccini), despite
her giving him humiliating special treatment when a sweep of layovers
besets the company. Meanwhile, Alessio’s teenager sister, Anna
(Matilde Giannini), is on the cusp of adulthood, looking ahead to a
bleak future of scant job opportunities in the wake of Italy’s
economic crisis. Stefano Mordini’s elegant, clear-eyed portrait of
working-class life in a time of recession and extreme financial
uncertainty was an official selection of the Venice Days program at
the 2012 Venice International Film Festival. In Italian with English

Los Angeles Premiere! IL ROSSO E IL BLU, 2012, Teodora Film, 98 min.
Giuseppe Piccioni’s sharp institutional satire of a Roman public high
school focuses on the clash between two teachers on opposite ends of
the spectrum: the idealistic, hard-headed young Prezioso (Riccardo
Scamarcio), who believes he can change his students BLACKBOARD
JUNGLE-style, and the grouchy misanthrope Fiorito (Roberto Herlitzka),
convinced of the world’s unalterable stupidity. Add strict and goofily
hypocritical principal Giuliana (Margherita Buy) into the mix and
you’ve got an honest, bittersweet comedy of (educational) errors. In
Italian with English subtitles. Discussion between films with actor
Michele Riondino (ACCIAIO).

Friday, November 16 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: Los Angeles Premiere! KRYPTONITE! (LA KRYPTONITE NELLA
BORSA), 2011, Rai Trade, 98 min. Screenwriter Ivan Cotroneo (I AM
LOVE) makes his directing debut with this vividly colorful depiction
of a grandiose Neapolitan family in the tumultuous and politically
radical 1970s. Nine-year-old Peppino (Luigi Catani) narrates the ups
and downs of his blue-collar family, centered on the boy’s
philandering father (Luca Zingaretti), while his older siblings
experiment with bra burning, hallucinogens and lesbian love-ins, even
in the wake of his mother (Valeria Golino) sinking into debilitating
depression. With Cristiana Capotondi and Libero De Rienzo. Winner for
Best Movie and Best Actress (Golino) at the Annecy Film Festival.
Nominated for Best Comedy Award at Nastri d’Argento by the Italian
film critics union (S.N.G.C.I.). In Italian with English subtitles.

Los Angeles Premiere! ONE DAY MORE (IL GIORNO IN PIU), 2011, Rai
Trade, 111 min. Based on the novel by actor Fabio Volo (here in the
lead role), director Massimo Venier’s winning nod to classic American
romantic comedies follows 30-something manchild Giacomo (Volo),
freshly dumped by his exasperated girlfriend. In order to dodge the
unwanted advances of his boss’ daughter, Giacomo invents an imaginary
relationship based on an eye-contact flirtation with a young woman he
sees daily on the street car, calling her Agnese. When “Agnese”
actually speaks to him one morning, revealing herself to be Michela,
moving to New York the following day, Giacomo finds himself in quite a
predicament. He convinces Michela to spend four days in Gotham with
him, but will the love affair last after the trip is over? An official
selection of the Turin Film Festival. In Italian with English
subtitles. Discussion between films with director Ivan Cotroneo
(KRYPTONITE), actress Cristiana Capotondi (KRYPTONITE)

Saturday, November 17 – 5:00 PM

Los Angeles Premiere! DIAZ: DON’T CLEAN UP THIS BLOOD (DIAZ), 2012,
Fandango Portobello, 120 min. When a slew of hardboiled cops raid the
Diaz school, looking for a ring of international anarchist thugs but
finding hundreds of mostly peaceful protestors sleeping, the police
brutality reaches a fever pitch. Based on real events in Genoa in
2001, Daniele Vicari’s hard-hitting procedural exposé stars Claudio
Santamaria as Max, one of the film’s few good cops, Elio Germano as an
unlucky journalist, Jennifer Ulrich as a German demonstrator submitted
to particularly heinous police treatment, and Davide Iacopini as the
organizer of the G8 Summit. An official selection at the 2012 Berlin
and Karlovy Vary international film festivals. In Italian with English

Saturday, November 17 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: Los Angeles Premiere! THE ENTREPRENEUR
(L’INDUSTRIALE), 2011, Rai Trade, 94 min. Factory owner Nicola
(Pierfrancesco Favino) is too proud to ask his uber-wealthy wife Laura
(Italian star Carolina Crescentini), or his mother-in-law (Elisabetta
Piccolomini) to help refinance his direly wanting company, but his
stubbornness and secrecy begin to strain his marriage. When Laura
becomes friendly with a local garage attendant (Eduard Gabia), Nicola
worries he’ll be made a cuckold if he can’t solve his financial woes
soon. Enter unscrupulous lawyer Ferrero (Francesco Scianna), whose
questionably legal methods only dig Nicola’s problems gravely deeper.
Giuliano Montaldo’s cool gray portrayal of an atrophying, wintry
Turin, and the 1% upper classes struggling to maintain its security in
the face of a crumbling kingdom, won Best Film at the Golden Globes
Italy, and received the 2011 Rome Film Festival’s L.A.R.A. award for
Scianna’s supporting performance. In Italian with English subtitles.

Double Feature: Los Angeles Premiere! MAGNIFICA PRESENZA, 2012,
Fandango Portobello, 105 min. In Ferzan Ozpetek’s charmingly strange
comedic drama, Elio Germano stars as Pietro, a 20-something gay pastry
chef and would-be actor who happens to live with a former theater
troupe of dramatic, hand-wringing ghosts (led by Giuseppe Fiorello and
Margherita Buy) in his new apartment in Rome. As Pietro tries to
co-exist with his Grand Guignol roommates, he learns of their
unsettling history, which came to a blunt, mysterious end in 1943.
Meanwhile, the spooks help him with his love life. With Vittoria
Puccini. Winner of the Best Director , Best Actor (Elio Germano)  Best
Supporting Actress (Paola Minaccioni), Best supporting actor (Beppe
Fiorello) awards at the 2012 Golden Globes Italy. Winner of the
Nastro d’Argento by the Italian film critics union (S.N.G.C.I.). In
Italian with English subtitles.  Discussion between films with actress
Carolina Crescentini (The entrepreneur) and actor Andrea Bosca
(Magnifica presenza)

Sunday, November 18 – 5:00 PM

RAGAZZE), 2011, Filmexport Group, 85 min. In Pupi Avati’s
wonder-filled trip down memory lane, Alessandro Haber narrates in
voiceover his 1930s upbringing with the older brother he ardently
admired, playboy Carlino (Cesare Cremonini). When Carlino falls for
Francesca (Micaela Ramazzotti), a pairing that’s met with intense
familial objections on both sides, he woos her into marriage but is
soon back to his philandering ways when tempted by a former lover
(Isabelle Adriani). A pillow-fluffy and candy-sweet romp through
complications of the heart (and other body parts), this romantic
dramedy is as charming and irresistible as Carlino himself. An
official selection of the 2011 Rome Film Festival,  Ramazzotti was
awarded the Best Actress Nastro d’Argento by the Italian film critics
union (S.N.G.C.I.). In Italian with English subtitles.

Sunday, November 18 – 7:30 PM


2012, Intra Movies,119 min. Carlo Verdone’s sharp, merciless comedy
centers on divorced buddies Ulisse, Fulvio and Domenico (Carlo
Verdone, Pierfrancesco Favino and Marco Giallini) who make the dubious
decision to move in together to help their financial woes. But sharing
a tiny apartment in Rome proves ridiculously problematic as their
personalities clash, and ex-wives, young and grown-up children and
frisky new sex partners drop in and out at the most inconvenient
times. For his supporting turn, Favino won the Special Jury Award at
the 2012 Golden Globes Italy, and the film was awarded Best Comedy by
the Italian film critics union (S.N.G.C.I.).

2011, Intramovies, 85 min. Set in political turmoil-roiled 1970s
Italy, leftist students Renzo (Francesco Turbanti), Fabio (Paolo
Cioni) and Pino (Claudio Santamaria) convince themselves that a
military coup is near and preemptively flee across the Austrian
border, a bumbling move that lands them in jail. Roan Johnson’s
paranoid comedy perfectly captures the heightened tension of the
times, while deftly combining a light, even delightful tone of young,
hilariously misguided idealism. Turbanti received a L.A.R.A. Award
Special Mention at the 2011 Rome Film Festival. In Italian with
English subtitles.

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