Monday, August 27, 2012

The Cleveland Italian Film Festival 2012 presents Italian Oscar & award winning films from Italy with English subtitles

September 13- October 4, 2012

Cedar Lee Theatre & Capitol Theatre

Once again the Cleveland Italian Film Festival 2012 is showcasing the best, award winning films from Italy at the 
Cedar Lee and Capitol Theatres in Cleveland.

Most of you know how the film festival goes:

All Films are Thursdays at 7:30 pm
$10 ea.
All Pre-film parties 5:30-7:00 pm 
(Dinner/beverage, tax & tip included!) 
$20 ea.

All Tickets are sold in advance.

Since the film festival has sold out early every year since 2006, and the films and pre-film parties sell out ahead of the dates (usually by mid August) many of you are also familiar with our Wait Lists. In this instance, the early bird does indeed get the tickets.

Film & Pre-Party tickets are on sale June 15.

Pre-film party hot spots

Sept. 13, 20, 27 - Cedar Lee Pub & Grill
Oct. 4 - Stone Mad Pub & XYZ the Tavern

There are two ways to order your tickets:

You may mail in your ticket order for film and pre-film parties with a check or money order to:

Cleveland Italian Film Festival
1284 SOM Center Rd. # 316
Cleveland, Ohio 44124


Call  216. 456. 8117  and chat with us and get personal service with your ticket order. We always return each call promptly.

Please find the synopsis of the great films coming this year! Once again, we'll welcome you with a nice plump Perugina chocolate to munch on!

Passion - "Passione"

Thursday, Sept. 13 - 7:30 pm Cedar Lee Theatre

Pre-film Party Cedar Lee Pub & Grill
5:30-7:30 pm

" There are places you go and once is enough. Then there's Napoli."  John Turturro

"Passione" combines sensual suavity with raw emotion, mixes heartbreak with ecstasy." 

New York Times: "Dripping with sensuality and passion, and beautifully photographed, the brilliant actor John Turturro celebrates Naples, a city intensely alive with music and one of the most colorful cities in Italy. Dynamic singing and dancing, street scenes and mini dramas bring the Neopolitan soul to life."  

Turturro describes Passione as "a musical adventure that comes directly out of the people and the volcanic land they inhabit. Get ready for dancing in the cobbled streets of Naples-it will be all you can do to keep yourself from leaping out of your seats to dance!
Director John Turturro,  starring Mina, Massimo Ranieri, Lina Sastri, Spakka-Neapolis 55, Pino Daniele, M'barka Ben Taleb, Peppe Barra.

Loose Cannons- "Mine Vaganti"

Thursday, Sept. 20 - 7:30 pm 
Cedar Lee Theatre

 Pre-film Party: Cedar Lee Pub & Grill 
5:30-7:00 pm

Director Ferzan Ozpetek's delightful comedy nominated for Italy's Oscar, the David di Donatello for Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor features the eclectic, conservative Cantone family who owns a pasta factory in Southern Italy whose family members include a rebellious grandmother, a loving, but suffocating mother, a father with unrealistically high expectatons for his children, and an eccentric Aunt-all of whom mesh into a humorous, touching story.

At a dinner where his parents, Vincenzo and Stefania plan on turning over the factory to their two sons, younger son Tommaso also has his important news: he decides to tell his very conservative family the truth about himself. He confides his secret to his brother Antonio. But before he can tell his family his startling news, Antonio drops his own bombshell on the family resulting in his father disowning him and becoming ill. Tommaso feels he has no choice but to keep quiet and run the factory until his father recuperates.

Tommaso's grandmother who is known as the "loose cannon" -has a secret of her own-may just end of having a say what happens in the family. 

Directed by Ferzan Ozpetek, starring Riccardo Scamarcio, Nicole Grimaudo, Alessandro Preziosi, Dario Bandiera, Ennio Fantastichini, Lunetta Savino, Elena Sofia Ricci

The Double Hour - "La Doppia Ora"

Thursday, Sept. 27 - 7:30 pm - Cedar Lee Theatre

Pre-film Party Cedar Lee Pub & Grill

If you like being kept on the edge of your seat, this acclaimed award -winning thriller keeps viewers guessing until the film's final moments.

Winner of the Venice Film Festival for Best Actor, Best Actress and the Golden Lion for Best Film the Double Hour (La Doppia Ora) was a New York Times Critic's Pick. It's romance & film noir all rolled into one Hitchcockian thriller.

Sonia has recently moved from Slovenia to Turin, Italy, where she works as a chambermaid in an upscale hotel. Guido, a former cop currently runs an elaborate security system at a lavish gated estate. A passionate romance develops. While on a romantic stroll in the back of the estate where he works, Sonia and Guido are tied up by masked robbers who drive two large trucks through the gates and ransack the place of its art treasures. From here the movie never lets up.

New York Times: "Only a vigilant detective could piece together the best movie of its kind since the 2006 film "Tell No One" and leaves you wishing for an extra 20 minutes of mind games; you don't want it to end."

Directed by Giuseppe Capotondi, starring Kseniya Rappoport and Filippo Timi, Antonia Truppo and Gaetano Bruno.

"Happy Family"

Thursday, Oct. 4- 7:30 pm  
Capitol Theatre

Pre-film Party -XYZ the Tavern & Stone Mad Pub - 5:30-7:00pm

Ever sensitive to the pairing of music and image, Academy award -winning Director Gabriel Salvatores delivers a tongue-in-cheek comedy based on a successful play reworked from Pirandello's "Six characters in Search of an Author."

Recently dumped Milanese screenwriter Ezio is having trouble writing about two neurotic families whose paths cross because their teenage children want to marry. His characters come to life around him offering their input on the direction they think the story should take.

Beautiful cinematography and playfully acted, this adaption of a successful play features a stunning black and white montage of Milan at night and was nominated for Best Comedy and Best Screenplay.

Directed by Gabriel Salvatores, starring Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Margherita Buy and Valeria Bilello and Diego Abatantuono.

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