The seventh annual Contemporary Italian Cinema series, sponsored by the Delaware Commission on Italian Heritage & Culture and the Delaware Italian-American Education Association, features four films representing contemporary Italian cinema.
All films are shown at James H. Groves High School’s Sharp Auditorium, 1703 School Lane, off Old Capitol Trail near Newport-Gap Pike in Wilmington.
Each film is preceded by a short introductory lecture by professor Gabriella Finizio at 2 p.m. Italian hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages will be available. The price of admission for each movie, inclusive of refreshments, is $15.
“We are elated to offer Delawareans another informative, entertaining selection of Italian films,” said Rick DiLiberto, commission chairman. “We are especially grateful to Dr. Gabriella Finizio, retired professor of Italian language and film, for an outstanding selection and for her consistently insightful pre-film lectures.”
The first film, shown Jan. 29, was “Se Dio Vuole” (“God Willing”), a 2015 comedy about an atheist surgeon and his son who decides to become a priest.
The rest of the series:
- Feb. 26: “Gli Arancini di Montalbano” (2000) follows the whirlwind romantic entanglements and crime-solving exploits of Inspector Salvo Montalbano, in the imaginary town of Vigata, Sicily.
- March 26: “Benvenuti al Sud” (“Welcome to the South”) is a 2010 comedy about the transfer of a northern Italian postmaster to the small, provincial village of Castellabate south of Naples.
- April 23: “La PazzaGioia” (“Like Crazy”) is a comedy-drama that examines the lives of two different women in a psychiatric institution. The film was screened at Cannes last May, and won five Silver Ribbons from the 2016 Italian National Syndicate of Journalists.
Proceeds from the cinema series will benefit the La Mia Piazza Italian Language Summer Camp sponsored by the Delaware Italian Heritage and Culture Commission and the Delaware Italian-American Education Commission.
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