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Italian Film Festival 2012

Join us for our August Ferragosto Film Festival!

italian film festival

August is Ferragosto for all Italians in Italy. We are kicking off Ferragosto with a series of Italian movies and ending with our Italian Family Festa, August 25 and 26. Bring a friend and join us as we celebrate Italian culture and language through the eyes of Italian cinema.



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$5.00 at the door


No host wine, beer, soft drinks and water will be available for purchase.


All proceeds go to the IAHF, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, to promote Italian hertiage, culture, and lauguage throughout Santa Clara Valley.

Italian Film Festival Showings

io loro e lara, italian film festival

IO LORO E LARA (Me, Them and Lara)

Showtime: Weds, September 5

Doors open 6:30 p.m., movie starts 7:00 p.m.

Release date: January 5, 2010 

Director: Carlo Verdone

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Run time: 115 minutes


Father Carlo returns home after years spent in Africa in an humanitarian mission. Instead of getting the expected peace of mind with the help of his family, he'll face their problems. His father has married Olga, a Moldavian woman much younger than him.  >more information   >watch the trailer

Past Movies Showings

HABEMUS PAPAM (We Have a Pope)
Showtime: Weds, August 1
Doors open 6:30 p.m., movie starts 7:00 p.m.
Release date: April 15, 2011
Director: Nanni Moretti
Genre: Drama
Run time: 104 minutes

The movie opens with a papal conclave, a gathering of cardinals in the Sistine Chapel in order to select one of their own as head of the Roman Catholic Church. Amusingly enough, the same silent prayer is on the lips of nearly every candidate: "Not me, Lord, please!" >more information   >watch the trailer

I cento passi, one hundred steps, italian film festival

I CENTO PASSI (One Hundred Steps)

Showtime: Mon, August 6

Doors open 6:30 p.m., movie starts 7:00 p.m.

Release date: Sept 1, 2000

Director: Marco Tullio Giordana

Genre: Biopic, Drama

Run time: 104 minutes


A young man's determination to put a stop to organized crime in his community puts him at odds with his family in this drama from Italy. As a child, Peppino Impastato was very close with his uncle Don Cesare, but was unaware that he was head of local Mafia operations. >more information   >watch the trailer

terraferma, italian film festival


Showtime: Mon, August 13

Doors open 6:30 p.m., movie starts 7:00 p.m.

Release date: Sept 7, 2011 

Director: Emanuele Crialese

Genre: Drama

Run time: 93 minutes

2011 OCSAR NOMINEE for BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE MOVIE - The tiny Sicilian island of Linosa looks like a Mediterranean paradise. Unfortunately, regular work can only be found there two months out the year. In addition to tourists, illegal immigrants from North Africa have also been flocking to the isle. >more information   >watch the trailer

il gioiellino, italian film festival


Showtime: Weds, August 15

Doors open 6:30 p.m., movie starts 7:00 p.m.

Release date: Mar 4, 2011 

Director: Andrea Molaioli

Genre: Docudrama

Run time: 110 minutes

The great scandal of Parmalat SpA Italy was Europe's Enron and still holds the dubious record of being the largest European bankruptcy with a debt of 14.3 billion dollars. Focusing on the human side of this story and the subordination of individual interests to the demands of the family. >more information   >watch the trailer


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