Little Italy Summer Film Festival 2017
Italian films with English subtitles
Every Saturday Night At 8PM
These films are shown at the
Amici Park Amphitheater (Date & State Streets)
Saturday, June 17 Back To The Nest (Andiamo a quel paese)
Salvo and Valentino, unemployed for two years, decide to leave their beloved adopted hometown of Palermo and move back to their tiny Sicilian village. The village is now populated primarily by the elderly living off their pensions. Salvo comes up with the bright idea of making ends meet by having all their elderly relatives move in with them, but they have a surprise in store.
Saturday, June 24 Andrea Doria-are the passengers safe?
On July 25, 1956, the luxury passenger ship Andrea Doria was approaching the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, bound for New York City, when the Stockholm collided with it in what became one of history’s most infamous maritime disasters. Sixty years after the tragic night Pierette Domenica Simpson, a survivor of the collision, reveals the hidden truth.
Saturday, July 1 Bread and Chocolate (Pane e Cioccolato)
Nino is a Southern Italian waiter who goes to Switzerland to try out for a restaurant job and tries desperately to fit in. However he finds himself having to deal with an impossible situation. It’s not that the Swiss set out to be unfriendly; it’s that much of their behavior and that of the Italians are incompatible. The differences are a source of both humor and despair.
Saturday, July 8 An Almost Perfect Town (Un paese quasi perfetto)
Pietramezzana, a remote village in the Dolomites, is likely to become uninhabited. But its inhabitants, led by the volcanic Dominic, do not give up. Believing that the opening of a factory is the solution to their troubles, they must do everything to make the project a success.
Saturday, July 15 Daddy’s Beauties (Belli di Papa’)
Vincenzo is a successful businessman. A widower, he suddenly finds himself solely in charge of his three twenty-something children–Matteo, Chiara, and Andrea–who keep him up at night with worry. They live a good life, but a meaningless one, with no responsibilities. 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!
Saturday, July 22 Bread and Tulips ( Pane e Tulipani)
Rosalba is an unappreciated housewife traveling by tourist bus on a family vacation. She is inadvertently left behind at a rest stop of the tourist bus. Rather than wait for the bus to return she decides to hitch-hike home, but, on a whim, she gets dropped off in Venice…where a new life awaits her.
Saturday, July 29 Sicily Jazz
The little known story of Nick LaRocca, the son of Sicilianians, born in New Orleans at the end of the nineteenth century. LaRocca made the first record in the history of jazz, Livery Stable Blues, with his Original Dixieland Jazz Band in 1917. The record sold more than a million copies and the Original Dixieland Jazz Band would become the highest-paid jazz band in the world.
Saturday, August 5 Italian Race (Veloce come il vento)
The De Martino family have been putting together and racing cars for generations. Mario, the head of the family, is forced to make way for his very young and exceptionally talented daughter Giulia. She and her brother Loris, an unreliable former driver, will have to return to the track and win.
Saturday, August 12 On the trail of my father (La pelle dell’orso)
It is the 1950s. Pietro is a surly man in his fifties, working on a quarry in the Italian Dolomites. One night, while in a bar, Pietro overhears his ruthless and haughty boss talking about the “devil”, a bear that has been threatening the village and preying on livestock, generating fear and apprehension among the population. What can he do?
Saturday, August 26 The Postman (Il Postino)
Pablo Neruda, the famous Chilean poet, is exiled to a small Sicilian Italian island for political reasons. A poor local, is hired to hand-deliver the celebrity’s mail to him. Though poorly educated, the postman befriends Neruda and learns to love poetry. Struggling to express himself, when he falls in love with the beautiful Beatrice, he turns to Neruda for help.
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Tickets: $5 contribution requested at the door