Monday, September 8, 2014

Cleveland Italian Film Festival returns in 2014

[Press release from the Cleveland Italian Film Festival.]

September 18 - October 9, 2014
Cedar Lee Theater, Atlas Cinema Eastgate & Capitol Theater

                           Once again the Cleveland Italian Film Festival  
                        is showcasing award winning films from Italy at the 
                   Cedar Lee Theater, Atlas Cinemas Eastgate and Capitol Theater
Helpful tips to remember:

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.

   Each year film tickets and pre-film parties sell out early. 
     Many of you are familiar with our Wait Lists. In this instance 
the early birds gets the tickets to the films they wish to see!
Tickets on sale June 10

There are two ways to order your tickets:

BY MAIL: send your orders for film tickets 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 get personal service with your ticket order.
We always return each call promptly.
Here are the great films coming this year! 
       And yes, once again, we'll welcome you with a nice plump 
Perugina chocolate to munch on!

The Magnificent Presence
"La Magnifica Presenza"
Thursday, Sept. 18 - 7:30 pm
Cedar Lee Theatre
Pre-film Party - Joey's Italian Bistro
5:30-7:00 pm

Pietro's only dream is to become a famous actor. Moving to Rome, he shares a tiny apartment with one bed with his cousin Maria while working in a bakery at night making croissants for Rome's bakeries and bars while by day working on his acting dream.
His luck turns when he finds a huge, beautiful house for rent at a knock-down price in one of Rome's best districts. But shortly afterward this great house has some very weird things happening. The adventure begins when he realizes his house has some unforeseen guests. 

This charming film garnered 6 wins and 11 nominations including the Italian Oscar nomination for Best Actor, Italy's Golden Globes for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress. Director Ferzan Ozpetek. Starring Elio Germano, Margherita Buy, Vittoria Puccini, Giuseppe Fiorello. 

The Great Beauty   
                                 "La Grande Bellezza"
Thursday Sept. 25 - 7:30 pm
Cedar Lee Theatre
Pre-film party - Joey's Italian Bistro  
5:30-7:00 pm


Winner of the 2014 US Oscar for Best Foreign Film. La Grande Bellezza is a beautiful swooning love letter to Roman decadence. This bittersweet tribute to Rome has been called director Paolo Sorrentino's greatest film yet.

Not your typical American linear story, this Felliniesque film of Italy's decadent leisured class has faded novelist Jep Gambardella (played brilliantly by Toni Servillo) at the center of Roman nightlife reflecting on his life and unfulfilled desires. La Grande Bellezza is a compelling tragicomedy in the tradition of Fellini's La Dolce Vita.

Set against the backdrop of the eternal city, you'll experience sublime photography and spectacular views of historic Rome. This film conveys life's lessons of love and loss and a piercing look into various forms of power and prestige. And more importantly, about how beauty can mend the effects of life disenchantments.

22 wins and 24 nominations. 2014 US Oscar for Best Foreign Film. 2014 Golden Globes USA, Italy's Golden Gloves Best Actor,  Best Film Palme d'Or Cannes Film Festival, European Film Awards Best Film, Best Director. Directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Starring Tony Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso. 

"Long Live Freedom" 
Thursday Oct. 2 - 7:30 pm 
Atlas Cinema Eastgate
 Pre-film party - Piccolo Italian Restaurant  

This comedy portrays Enrico Olivieri, the head of the major opposition party in a serious crisis when the polls show him to be losing the election. His solution? to vanish! He goes to Paris and hides out at an old girlfriend's house as everyone tries to find the vanishing politician.

Frantic party officials find out Olivieri (played by Toni Servillo) has twin brother Giovanni and get him to take the place of his  missing brother. His poetic citizen oriented public speaking, in direct contrast to his missing politician brother, has the party rising in the polls once again with crowds enthusiastic with admiration. But someone is watching from their secret hiding place waiting..... Toni Servillo gives a consumate performance in this winking critique of Italian politics.

4 wins and 18 nominations. Winner of Italy's Oscar, the Davide di Donatello, Best Supporting Actor and Best Screenplay. Golden Globes Italy nominated for Best Director and Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Film. Director Roberto Ando. Starring Toni Servillo, Valerio Mastrandrea, Valeria Bruni, Michela Cescon. 

"Every Blessed Day"
"Tutti I Santi Giorni"

Thursday, October 9 - 7:30 pm
Capitol Theatre
Two pre-film parties:
Toast CLE - 5:30-7:00 pm 
  Latitude 41n  -5:30-7:00 pm   
A lively madcap comedy about the survival of love. Guido, (played by Luca Marinelli) is a  academic genius from Tuscany who spends his life stalking bookstores when he is not working as a night porter at a hotel. The love of his life, Antonia, is a fiery, talented musician from Sicily.  
 This poignant and funny film tells the story of the real McCoy love affair always pulling and hugging onto your heartstrings. Love conquers all. Or does it?
Italy's Oscar for Best Song. Golden Globes Italy nominated for Best Actress and Best Actor. Directed by Paolo Virzi. Starring Luca Marinelli, Thony, Micol Azzurro.  


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