The 7th Annual Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival
Presents Celebrated Italian Films and Directors
November 7-10 at the Sottile Theatre
Charleston, SC September 26, 2013 – The 7th Annual Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival opens Thursday, November 7 – Sunday, November 10 at the Sottile Theatre. The four-day festival celebrates Italian contemporary cinema and culture with a number of films in addition to Italian directors appearing as special guests of the Festival to present their acclaimed films and discuss their work.
“Like past editions of the Festival, this seventh one is open to everyone, not only students and faculty,” says Giovanna De Luca, festival director and professor of Italian studies and cinema at the College of Charleston. “This year we selected movies that tackle specific social and ethical topics, such as the function of art in prisons, and the challenges of being a female director, in addition to the influence of Italian politician, Silvio Berlusconi, on Italian society.”
This year’s Festival is presented by the College of Charleston’s Italian Program, Film Studies Program, Multicultural Student Programs and Services, Department of Art History, First Year Experience, the School of Languages, Culture and World Affairs, The Humanities Council of South Carolina, Dino Olivetti Foundation, Mediterranea Film; The Hidden Countship and John B. Kern International Law. The Festival will feature acclaimed work from some of Italy’s most creative contemporary directors and more than 13 feature films including Roberta Torre’s Lost Kisses, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s Caesar Must Die, Roberto Ando’s W La Liberta and Luca Ragazzi and Gustav Hofer’s Italy: Love It or Leave It.
Festival programming also includes Q&A sessions with the filmmakers after the screening of their films. There will be a special Humanities Council SC sponsored seminar led by Dr. Heath Hoffman on Friday, November 8th to discuss the film, Caesar Must Die, which involves theater performances in prison settings. Also, on Friday, there will be a Focus on Women seminar led by film scholar Dr. Giancarlo Lombardi and director Roberta Torre both discussing many aspects of women in film. Seminars are free and open to the public by sending an email to Marinella Griffith, email@example.com.
An awards ceremony will be conducted at the feature film screening on Saturday. Suggested donation is $6 per person, per screening, at the door. For additional Festival information, go to www.facebook.com/FestivalCinemaItaliano or http://italianfilmfest.cofc.edu.