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LOS ANGELES   November 14 -23  2016

Cinema, fashion, food excellence  and social commitment will be protagonists at the 12th edition of Cinema Italian Style, the Los Angeles showcase for the best Italian movies of the year, supporting the Italian entry to the Academy Awards® 2017 – Best Foreign Language Film, FIRE AT SEA (FUOCOAMMARE), by Gianfranco Rosi, Berlin International Film Festival Golden Bear winner, finalist at the IDA Awards, acclaimed by film critics and supported by international testimonials such as Bernardo Bertolucci and Meryl Streep. The opening night film documents the massive influx of refugees to the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, and the constant rescue actions Italy has accomplished for 20 years.

In a 10 day marathon full of events, public will have the possibility to be immersed in the Italian culture by discovering digitally restored masterpieces like THE EASY LIFE (Il Sorpasso) by Dino Risi (as anticipation of the celebrations for the centennial of his birth that will kick off on December 14th at the Museum of Modern Art in New York), or dig deeply into the life of fashion icon Franca Sozzani, legendary editor in chief of Vogue Italy for 28 years,  in the biopic directed by her son Francesco Carrozzini: FRANCA: CHAOS AND CREATION. Both events  are part of the official AFI FEST presented by Audi program, as well as the World Cinema Masters in Conversation on November 17th, between Director Gianfranco Rosi and Alberto Barbera, Director of the Venice International Film Festival.

Ten titles, selected by Artistic Curator Laura Delli Colli with American Cinematheque’s Director of Programming Gwen Deglise,  will then be presented as part of the official program of Cinema Italian Style 2016 at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, at the presence of directors and actors. Ivan Cotroneo will disclose ONE KISS also to the USC students in a discussion about homophobia and bullying in school. Paolo Genovese’s PERFECT STRANGERS, a sensation in Italy for its look at the chaos that cell-phone revelations can wreak, will be represented by actress Kasia Smutniak. Romance plays a role in several films, though not without complications, as Gabriele Muccino will explain in occasion of the screening of SUMMERTIME. Young Daphne Scoccia, a real surprise, first time on screen, is electrifying as a young woman in love with a fellow prisoner in Claudio Giovannesi’s FIORE. Couples are the focus of two of the series’ most distinctive films, though romance is nowhere in sight. Micaela Ramazzotti and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi are patients exploring the world beyond their psychiatric hospital in LIKE CRAZY by Paolo Virzì’s and Edoardo De Angelis, introducing INDIVISIBLE, explores the feelings of Siamese twin singers, whose lives reach a crossroads when told they could be surgically separated. Supehero and sports movies may not be the first things that come to mind when thinking about Italian cinema, but Gabriele Mainetti will explain the central idea of creating  THEY CALL ME JEEG, in which small-time crook Claudio Santamaria falls into the Tiber River, where contact with toxic waste gives him big-time superpowers. Matteo Rovere’s ITALIAN RACE follows a 17-year-old girl as she tries to save her family’s car-racing business. In director Massimiliano Bruno’s THE LAST WILL BE THE LAST, actress Paola Cortellesi is a woman who is fired for becoming pregnant. In Stefano Sollima’s crackling crime thriller SUBURRA, politicians and the underworld commingle in a high-stakes real estate deal. The series also includes short films selected in collaboration with Rome Creative Contest Festival. Other appointments will explore the link between cinema and cuisine, as many different activities in Los Angeles will be part of 1,300 worldwide events organized for the first edition of the EXTRAORDINARY ITALIAN TASTE – First Italian Cuisine in the World Week. Michelin Star Chef Cristina Bowerman (From Glass Hostaria and Romeo in Rome, and President of the newborn “Ambasciatori del Gusto” association) will be introducing this new yearly opportunity to meet with Italian food excellence on November 16th at the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles, followed by the opening of the photographic exhibition “Recipes and Portraits of Actors”, produced by Rai Cinema,  by international renewed photographer Stefano Guindani, who’ll be on stage as well. On November 23rd a rich series of documentaries will close the Cinema Italian Style 2016 edition, including the presentation of WHEN ITALY ATE IN BLACK AND WHITE – CINECITTARIO by Andrea Gropplero di Troppenburg:  20 recipes from the 20 Italian regions in the post war era;  HARRY’S BAR by Carlotta Cerquetti, about the Venetian worldwide famous bar,  and the short film FOOD FOR THOUGHT by Davide Gentile.

Cinema Italian Style, created in 2004 by Gwen Deglise, Dennis Bartok (American Cinematheque) and Camilla Cormanni (Luce Cinecittà), is co-presented by the American Cinematheque and Luce Cinecittà, under the auspices of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles, the Italian Trade Agency and the Italian Cultural Institute. Supported by Alcantara and The Leading Hotels of the World. Media partner: Variety. Charity partner: Fondazione Francesca Rava N.P.H. Italia.