Italian Film Festival returns to IUPUI for sixth year

Italian Film Festival returns to IUPUI for sixth year

INDIANAPOLIS—The Italian Film Festival returns to Indianapolis for a sixth year on April 7 with a slate of 10 films running through April 29.

Indianapolis is one of 12 cities around the nation hosting the Italian Film Festival USA. The festival is presented in collaboration with the Department of World Languages and Cultures in the School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and is sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, Italian Heritage Society of Indiana, Home Advisor, Discount Copies, and Indianapolis-Monza Sister Cities.

"We are pleased to host an event of such cultural relevance on campus one more year. The festival is now part of Indianapolis international landscape.”

All films are presented with English subtitles and are free and open to the public.

The films will be shown in the Lilly Auditorium on the lower level of the IUPUI University Library, 755 W. Michigan St.

The schedule for the festival is as follows:

"Lo Chiamavano Jeeg Robot” ("They Call Me Jeeg"), drama, 6 p.m. Friday, April 7: Enzo comes into contact with a radioactive substance and discovers he has superpowers. Then he meets Alessia who is convinced Enzo is the hero from the famous Japanese comic strip Steel Jeeg Robot.

"Programma Di Cortometraggi" ("Short Film Program"), various genres, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 9: Featuring the short films Beautiful, Black Comedy, Candie Boy, Dear Martin, Our Hebrews, Toilets, Where Water Comes Together with Other Water.

"Belli Di Papa” ("Daddy’s Boy"), comedy, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 9: Vincenzo, a successful businessman and widower, suddenly finds himself solely in charge of his three twenty-something children living meaningless lives—Matteo, Chiara, and Andrea—who keep him up at night with worry. To bring his kids back to reality, Vincenzo dreams up a plan to convince them that they need to do something they’ve never done before—work!

“Un Paese Quasi Perfetto” (“An Almost Perfect Town”) comedy, 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 14: A new factory will be built in a small town in the middle of the southern Dolomites on the condition that the residents convince a doctor to relocate his practice there. Motivated like never before, the residents hatch an elaborate plan to convince him.  Will their attentions and the beautiful Anna make him stay? (Sponsored by Home Advisor)

"La Pazza Gioia ("The Crazy"), comedy, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 15: Beatrice is a blabbermouth and a self-proclaimed countess who believes she is intimate friends with world leaders. Donatella is a young, quiet tattooed woman, locked in her own mystery. They are both patients of a women’s mental institution and classified as socially dangerous. The film tells the story of their unpredictable friendship that will bring them to a hilarious and touching escape in search of a little happiness in the world of the sane.

"Andrea Doria: I Passeggeri Sono In Salvo” ("Andrea Doria: Are the Passengers Saved"), documentary, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 23: On July 25, 1956, the Italian passenger liner Andrea Doria was broadsided by the ship Stockholm near Nantucket Island. Pierette, a 9-year-old Italian girl immigrating to America with her grandparents, was among the 1660 survivors of the most catastrophic sea collision in peacetime history. For the 60th anniversary, Pierette returns to her native village of Pranzalito to document on film the hidden truth surrounding the tragedy. Interviews with survivors and naval experts throughout Italy and the U.S. are accompanied by re-enactments of Pierette’s departure from her village and her arrival to the New World. Archival footage from the Ansaldo shipyard accompanies the narration by some survivors and naval experts.

"Le Confessioni” ("The Confession"), drama, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sunday April 23: In a German luxury hotel, the economic ministers of the world’s eight most powerful countries are meeting and adopt a secret maneuver that will be financially devastating to several countries. The director of the International Monetary Fund, Daniel Roché, invites an Italian monk to the summit to hear his confession. A tragic and unexpected incident occurs and the meeting must be suspended. In a climate of doubt and fear, the ministers and the monk engage in an intensifying challenge regarding the secret.

“Che Vuoi Che Sia” (“What’s the Big Deal?”), comedy, 6 p.m. Friday, April 28: Anna and Claudio are pushing back the decision to have a baby until the time they will be financially better off. Their hopes lie in Claudio’s new website idea, but the crowdfunding needed to launch the website doesn’t bring in the needed money. One evening after a party, Claudio jokingly posts a video daring the "people of the Internet” to offer a donation in exchange for a compromising video of himself and Anna. Unexpectedly the joke is a huge online success.

“La Via Della Conciliazione” (“The Road to Reconciliation”), documentary, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29: The Via della Conciliazione with St. Peter’s Basilica in the background is one of Rome’s most famous images. But few realize that this street has not always been there and, in fact, it should not be there.  Things changed in the 1930s when Benito Mussolini forged a treaty with the Holy See, leading to the birth of the Vatican City, the smallest state in the world. To commemorate the reconciliation between the Italian State and the Holy See, the Via della Conciliazione was created. Using archival film and interviews with the last living eyewitnesses, this film relates the story of an architectural project that had enormous impact on the history, religion and lives of the people of Rome.

“Veloce Come Il Vento” (“Italian Race”), drama, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29: The passion for racecars has always flowed in the veins of Giulia De Martino. She comes from a family that churned out racecar champions.  At the age of17 she will participate in the GT Championship under the guidance of her father, Mario.  But one day, everything changes and Giulia must face the racetrack and life all alone, until her older brother, Loris, returns and complicates the situation. (Sponsored by Indianapolis-Monza Sister Cities)

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