Wednesday, November 14, 2012

New Italian Cinema
at Embarcadero Theatre till Nov 18

The San Francisco Film Society launched its 16th annual survey of recent Italian movies last weekend and the mini-festival continues until November 18, and as always the slate of new works promises many pleasures. I wish there were enough time to catch all of the remaining films to screen over the next few days.

Two of them are of keen interest, starting with "The First on the List". Here's the synopsis from the program notes:

Set against Italy’s political upheaval in the late ‘60s, this lighthearted comedy follows three young potential revolutionaries who become convinced that there’s going to be a military coup and set off for the border . . . [and] combines screwball comic flair underscored by sly political satire.

The other film high on my list is "100 Meters to Heaven", pictured, and just reading the thumbnail description made me chuckle:

Monsignor Angelo is concerned that the Church is losing touch with the common man. Teaming up with his childhood friend and running coach Mario, they decide to form a Vatican Olympic team to compete in London’s games . . . this charming and spirited comedy details the pair’s difficulties with conservative Church authorities and their worldwide quest to find ten talented athletes to help build the team. 

Many of the films lack U.S. distributors and so your only chance to see them is during the New Italian Cinema event, down at the Embarcadero Theatre. In addition to the films, several directors and actors are expected to attend a few of the screenings. 

Click here for more info on the films, showtimes and to purchase advance tickets.

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